As a software developer, you sometimes want to grep some tools and build some “real” hardware. If you can implement the software for this hardware on your own – even better!
I’m a big fan of JavaFX and Arduinos, so I thought I would combine these two interests by building the “Maven Box”. It’s an Arduino board connected with switches, push buttons, LEDs and a rotary encoder that allows you to control a JavaFX based UI. The idea of the UI is to select a CoreMedia workspace (e.g. a workspace of CoreMedia 7 or CoreMedia 8), select a branch and trigger a Git update and a Maven build. Once the build is finished, a notification is shown that you are now able to use this workspace in IDEA.
In addition to this “project control”, six LEDs indicate which pipelines are currently available. This is very helpful, because it’s annoying to start your local Studio instance just to realize the connected repository is not available.
The whole project is not hard to build and I’ve written complete instructions which are available on instructables.com: