Maven Guidelines

Use Maven POM only for simple configurations and avoid complex custom builds, if possible. If complex custom builds cannot be avoided, prefer complex custom build steps via a minimal number of additional plugins. For this prefer 2 pipelines: The first pipeline builds the software stack in default format and makes it executable. The second pipeline uses these plugins to execute the complex custom build steps.

The reason for this is the fact, that in a Maven POM every component is dependent on every other component and that good logs or dependencies between components are hard to understand. This is caused by Maven's design.

This problem is a none issue (most of the time), when one applies plugins like surefire for testing, sets the version of the Java compiler or uses the spotbugs plugin in order to find bugs. All of these none issues have in common, that they are either setting something general or writing something general to a folder.

When one starts to copy, move, delete, transform etc. files via code (like ANT via the AntRun) in the POM, things start to get complicated and hard to understand. Therefore, avoid writing code in Maven POMs.

Create a dedicated plugin, that contains all this code. Then one only needs to define the input paths, the outputs paths and transformation configuration for each such plugin. If the input and output paths are chosen smartly, one can also use the paths in order to understand the dependencies of POM components more easily. This is especially the case, when each input path has at most one corresponding output path.