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Initializer Project

Create a new initializer expansion resource project.

  • Expansion resource: net.democritus.initializer:initializer-initializer@4.34.0
  • Command: nsinit initializer


The initializer project initializer is an initializer bundle which is used to create new initializer expansion resource projects.

This initializer can provision a very comprehensive setup for a new initializer project containing the following:

  • A Maven project for the expansion resource and the Maven project directory structure.
  • A data resources index file, as well as a ProjectType data resource to define the initializer project type and its arguments.
  • Empty ProjectDataResolver and InteractiveModeHandler implementation classes that are defined in the ProjectType.
  • Some typical project files are generated, such as and as stub files to be filled out by the user. Also an EditorConfig file with a basic setup for clean editing of the files in the repository is generated.

Generated files

  • pom.xml Maven project file with the name of the output directory as the artifactId.
  • .gitignore file to ignore any known files that should not be committed to a Git repository.
  • .editorconfig file with some basic standard rules for formatting code in files.
  • file to provide some basic information about the project.
  • file to document changes to the project.
  • file to implement logic to determine default argument values for the project type's arguments.
  • file to implement the interactive mode to prompt the user with specific questions.
  • projectTypes.xml file to define the model containing all the arguments available for the project.
  • _data.xml file to list any data resources used in the expansion resource, such as the projectTypes.xml file.


For an overview, run nsinit app -h.

Returns the help with an overview of all commands.
The groupId for the pom.xml Maven project file.
--artifactidThe artifactId for the pom.xml Maven project file.
-DAllows you to set any argument or flag defined for the project type, even those that are implicit. For an argument, the key should be prefixed by arg. and for a flag with flag.. E.g.: -Darg.artifactId=test-expanders
The directory where the project should be generated, rather than the current directory.
Disables the interactive mode and accepts defaults for all settings that were not specified as arguments.
Forces the creation of the project, even when the output directory is not empty.


nsinit initializer -y -o test-initializer --groupid com.example

Resulting project:

├── .editorconfig
├── pom.xml
└── src
├── main
│   ├── java
│   │   └── com
│   │   └── example
│   │   └── template
│   │   └── test
│   │   ├──
│   │   └──
│   └── resources
│   └── data
│   └── initializer
│   ├── _data.xml
│   └── projectTypes.xml
└── test
├── java
└── resources