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Apache ServiceMix Development Environment Setup

Here is a quick guide to setting up a development environment for working on Apache Servicemix projects... You can update some of these versions mentioned in the rundown, as it was written a little while ago.

Java 1.6

  • download the JDK and run installation
  • add the /jdk/bin directory to your system path
  • create JAVA_HOME environment variable pointing to the root JDK directory
Maven 2.1

  • download binary and unzip to a local directory
  • edit the /bin/mvn.bat file to increase the Maven heap size (MAVEN_OPTS=-Xmx512m)
  • add the /maven/bin directory to your system path
Eclipse 3.4

  • download Eclipse and run installation
  • open Eclipse

    • create a new workspace
    • create new project or import any existing projects 

  • setup m2eclipse plugin

    • go to Help->Software Updates->Available Software tab
    • then click 'Add Site' and add 'http://m2eclipse.sonatype.org/update/ and call it 'm2eclipse'
    • select the m2clipse components to install, click finish and restart Eclipse
    • go to Windows->Preferences->Maven->Installations
      • set the user settings to your maven settings.xml file
      • verify that this setup the M2_REPO variable to point to your local repo under Java->Build Path->Classpath Variables
    • go to Windows->Preferences->Maven->Archetypes
      • click 'Add Remote Catalog'
        • catalog file = http://repo.fusesource.com/maven2
        • name = Fuse Catalog
        • click OK
Fuse ESB 4.2 (aka ServiceMix)

  • donwload Fuse ESB 4.2 and run installation
basic development process

  • create a new project using an archetype (Maven template) that best matches your application needs

    • from Eclipse
      • File->New->Maven->Maven Project
      • check 'use default workspace location' and click next
      • choose the 'Fuse Catalog' and enter a desire filter
      • choose an archetype
      • click next
      • enter a group id of 'com.<company>.<project>'
      • enter an artifact of '<component>'
      • enter a package name of 'com.<company>.<project>.<component>'
      • click finish 
        • note: I have seen issues with some archetypes in Eclipse, if this happens, use the command line approach instead
    • from command line
      • mvn archetype:create
  •  build the project

    • in Eclipse
      • right click on the project, go to Run As->Maven install
    • from command line
      • run 'mvn install'
    • project JAR will be created under the /target directory and deployed it to your local Maven repository
  • deploying the project to Fuse ESB 4.2

    • run /<smx>/bin/servicemix to start the server
    • make sure any required features/bundles have been installed
      • activemq, camel, etc
    • from the karaf console, install your project bundle
      • osgi:install -s mvn:com.mycompany.project1/component1
    • assuming that worked, you now have a working project
  • customize project and repeat build/deploy process


  • watch the servicemix log file
    • tail -f /<smx>/data/log/karaf.log
  •  JConsole
    • <jdk>/bin/jconsole.exe
    • provides remote/local JVM monitoring
    • remote connection uri = service:jmx:rmi:///jndi/rmi://:1099/jmxrmi
    • default user/password = karaf/karaf
  • VisualVM
    • <jdk>/bin/jvisualvm.exe
    • provides remote/local JVM monitoring (slightly better than JConsole)
other recommended software (for Windows)

  • cygwin  - adds basic Linux command support for Windows
  • PowerCMD - tabbed command prompts...trial/not free
  • kdiff3 - excellent file/directory comparison tool
  • SoapUI - for testing HTTP endpoints

If you know of other configurations or tools that are relevant, let me know...

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