The easy way to get started using Preon is to create a project from an archetype. If you are new to Maven archetypes, that may sound quite complicated, but it really isn't. All you have to do is go into a directory of your preference, and type this on the commandline:
mvn -DarchetypeCatalog=http://snapshots.repository.codehaus.org/org/codehaus/preon/archetypes/preon-archetypes/1.1-SNAPSHOT/preon-archetypes-1.1-SNAPSHOT-catalog.xml archetype:generate
The URL passed above is point to the catalog file that has the definitions of the archetypes. Once you have typed this, and hit enter, Maven will offer you a list of choices of types of project to create. Once you have made the selection, the only things that you will have to enter are:
- The groupId of the project you are going to create
- The artifactId
- The version
- The package containing the sample files
When you confirm, Maven will create a directory named after the artifactId, and create a new Maven project inside. Simply go into this directory, hit mvn install, and it will build the project.