Friday, September 2, 2011
Using Maven Profiles to Tune Heroku Java Builds
If you are new to Heroku you will soon learn that building a a Heroku-based java application is slightly different than building a traditional stand-alone java application. They are very similar but a few small differences exist. You can learn a little more about the differences by checking out the Heroku Java tutorial.
It's likely that you have existing Java maven patterns from your previous projects that aren't quite optimal for Heroku. If you are brave and want to jump in with both feet then you can go straight to creating a Heroku-specific maven build. If, however, you want to straddle the fence for a while between the exciting new cloud world and the comfortable legacy way you've worked in the past then you can come up with a maven build that works well for both traditional Java deployment and Heroku Java deployment.
Here is a sample pom.xml that shows using maven profiles to choose between a traditional standalone java application and a heroku-deployed java application. It detects the Heroku case and optimizes the build for that environment.
The main difference is that when on Heroku you skip assembly building and ask appassembler to exclude the repo (since it is already provided by heroku).
Check out the "source" profile, the "assemble" profile and the profile.assemble property.