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Introducing the NPM Maven Plugin

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Introducing the NPM Maven Plugin

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In response to accelerated release cycles, a new set of testing capabilities is now required to deliver quality at speed. This is why there is a shake-up in the testing tools landscape—and a new leader has emerged in the just released Gartner Magic Quadrant for Software Test Automation.

This post comes from Alberto Pose at the MuleSoft blog.

Introduction

Suppose that you have a Maven project and you want to download Node.js modules previously uploaded to NPM. One way of doing that without running node is by using the npm-maven-plugin. It allows the user to download the required Node modules without running node.js: It is completely implemented on the JVM.

Getting Started

First of all, you will need to add the Mule Maven repo to your pom.xml file:

<repository>
  <id>mulesoft-releases</id>
  <name>MuleSoft Repository</name>
  <url>https://repository.mulesoft.org/releases/</url> 
</repository>

After doing that, you will need to add the following to the build->plugin section of your pom.xml file:

<plugin>
    <groupId>org.mule.tools.javascript</groupId>
    <artifactId>npm-maven-plugin</artifactId>
    <version>1.0</version>
    <executions>
        <execution>
            <phase>generate-sources</phase>
            <goals>
                <goal>fetch-modules</goal>
            </goals>
            <configuration>
                <packages>
                    <package>colors:0.5.1</package>
                    <package>jshint:0.8.1</package>
                </packages>
            </configuration>
        </execution>
    </executions>
</plugin>

Then just execute:

mvn generate-sources
and that’s it!

One more thing…

By default, the modules can be found in src/main/resources/META-INF but that path can be changed setting the ‘outputDirectory’ parameter.

Also, module transitivity is taken into account. That means that it will download all the required dependencies before downloading the specified module.

Show me the code!

The source code can be found here. Feel free to fork the project and propose changes to it.

Happy (Node.js and Maven) hacking!





Recently published Gartner Magic Quadrant Report for Software Test Automation provides an objective benchmark of all test automation solutions based on industry surveys, customer inquiries, product evaluations, and more. 

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