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Apache Autotag project

Tiles-3 introduces a feature complete Autotag project, a project that automatically generates tags (or tag-like) artifact from a common template code for a range of templating languages. Today JSP tags, Freemarker directive models and Velocity directives are generated from a common template models.

Such template models must have a single public method, with this signature:

public void execute(<parameters>, Request request, ModelBody modelBody); 

The modelBody parameter is optional: if it is not specified, the template model does not have a body. 

For more features (required fields, default values, a name different to the one specified in the parameter list) a new annotation @Parameter has been created.

A Maven 2 (based on 2.2.1) plugin contains four Mojos:


  • the first mojo (create-descriptor) reads the template models and produces an XML file containing the description of the read models;
  • the others (generate-jsp, generate-freemarker, generate-velocity) produce boilerplate code.

The projects using the latter mojos must include some runtime dependencies.

The boilerplate code has been removed and uses the plugin instead: it's a lot of boilerplate, boring code, now generated automatically.