Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Maven and Eclipse RCP aka taking a trip to hell

Trying to get Maven and Eclipse RCP to work together to produce a build has been a complete nightmare. A member of my team spent a week trying to accomplish this feat and the end result has been hindering development ever since. Every time the plugin dependencies change, which in a young project is quite often, we're forced to update number of files by hand to accommodate the build process, which is fairly complex so that only one person on the team really knows what the hell is going on. I wouldn't believe how difficult something like building an RCP app with Maven can be, if I didn't live through it. Very frustrating stuff. Especially given that we're all quite happy with the way the actual RCP application has turned out.