Maven based web-app in IDEA -- Lotsa room for improvement?


Disclaimer: This is a rather long post. But I have painstakingly provided all the details.

It's a bit disappointing that I am still seeing lots of room for improvement with Maven+IDEA. It's as if stars have aligned to foil my attempts to sell IDEA ...

Here are the details:
0- IDEA 9.0.1 (previous to latest) on Ubuntu 9.1.0. Java 1.6. Maven 2.2.1.
1- Since Maven is to be used, I created a simple archetype with the option 18 (mvn archetype:generate, choose 18). The pom.xml is created. I add the usual Java-1.5 cruft to build/compiler plugin. A simple POM gets generated. It builds the web-app war with mvn clean install. So far so good. See the pom.xml attached.
2- Open this pom.xml in IDEA. Opens well.
3- Now, I want to create a Servlet. The first problem I see here is that when the Project Window has the (default) View as:Project and then right-click for New ... and to my disbelief, there is no "Servlet" menu-item in it. What? I can't create a servlet for a Java web application?

4- I figuer out that I have to choose Packages in "View as:". Then, magically, "Servlet", "Filter", "Listener" start appearing! This is a bug (and a good one to fix), I suppose.
5- I choose New -> Servlet, provide the name etc. as TestServlet, provide some basic web.xml configuration for it and then it generates the boiler-plate servlet code.
6- The problem is that I get the generated code as:

public class TestServlet extends javax.servlet.http.HttpServlet {
    protected void doPost(javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest request, javax.servlet.http.HttpServletResponse response) throws javax.servlet.ServletException, {


    protected void doGet(javax.servlet.http.HttpServletRequest request, javax.servlet.http.HttpServletResponse response) throws javax.servlet.ServletException, {


with all of javax.servlet classes/interfaces having the ugly red wavy underlines.

I choose the class and do Alt+Enter to add the Maven dependency (I choose servlet-api from the popup window). It says I need to (re)import the Maven project, which I do, and then see that my pom.xml has been modified as:
Note that the scope is not "provided" which is probably more sensible default given that all standard servlet containers package the servlet-api classes/interfaces. This is a good RFE to fix, I suppose.
7- I do Maven->force reimport. The TestServlet that is created in src/main/resources still shows those ugly red underlines and my code completion goes for a toss. I can't do Ctrl+Space, Alt+Ctrl+Space on an instance of HttpServletRequest, HttpServletResponse in the boiler-plate servlet code that IDE generated. I can't use IDE is code completion does not work. Period.
8- This turns out to be finding out IDEA problems in Maven environment. The former was my choice (IDEA), the latter was enforced (Maven). I have to make this work in Maven environment, no choice. I give up.

Please help reinstate my belief that it's me who is going wrong. Please suggest steps that I could alternatively take.

Thank you,


Please make sure the servlet library is correctly resolved (check Maven Projects tool window).
As for your suggestions, we'll try to do some improvements.

Anton Makeev


I am still unsure why it does not work on my machine. On another machine a similar exercise works (no resolution problems). But in this machine, the IDE shows all libraries resolved in the Maven view.

I will investigate more.

Thanks for your response.



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