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Contribute a micro library to java with JitPack today!

24 Jul 2016

Java is moving towards the micro lib world.
For some unknown reason it is called micro-frameworks.
I guess it is because Java can only have frameworks and no libraries..
The web is full with info about blogs about it and new micro libraries (frameworks!):




There are no small libraries.. only small programmers..




But! How to publish one?

In node/npm it is fairly easy because:

but in maven? How to you easily publish a micro library (framework!).

In comes JitPack

So I ran into this cool service called JitPack. JitPack is a maven repository that integrates with Github.
To publish your code all you need is to keep your code on github and use the following groupId and artifactId

<groupId>com.github.User</groupId>
<artifactId>Repo</artifactId>
<version>Tag</version>

So you need to

How to use it

In order to depend on this new library people will only have to add the JitPack repository like so

<repositories>
    <repository>
        <id>jitpack.io</id>
        <url>https://jitpack.io</url>
    </repository>
</repositories>

and then add the dependency with the details mentioned above.

How to troubleshoot?

Well, lets say mvn install crashed. How can you debug the problem?
You have a build log available at:

https://jitpack.io/com/github/__username__/__repo_name__/__tag__/build.log

Few reason to write a micro lib

Micro libs are awesome because:

Conclusion

I really hope Java will be able to create a healthy, micro lib based community.
JitPack certainly makes this dream possible. I can't see this community starting with it.

There is just one more problem I thing should be resolved before people will feel safe to go micro.
And that's the classpath hell problem... npm/nodejs resolve this problem by not using a global require. Importing in nodejs is always relative to the requiring file.

So I will address this problematic issue next.
At the meantime, you can follow and contribute to my stackoverflow question.

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