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Maven Gets an Update - 3.0

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Maven is the build & dependency management tool we use for all our java projects. Used correctly it’s ace, but it can also prove to be a headache when you head off the beaten track.

Maven 3.0 has just been released which contains a lot of new goodies, plus, alleged backwards compatibility!

The pom file, which is the main file which describes the structure of the project, it’d dependencies and plugins is backwards compatible, but there is stricter validation. So when I ran one of our project configuration files through the new version, it came up with a number of missing versions and scopes in the wrong place. Easy to fix and the config still works with version 2 or 3. Bigger and more complicated project structures may have more problems.

The two things I think are most interesting are:

  • When an error occurs, rather than just spitting out an error message, a link is included to a wiki page, what a great idea! For example:

    [ERROR] For more information about the errors and possible solutions, please read the following articles: [ERROR] [Help 1] http://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/MAVEN/NoGoalSpecifiedException

  • The maven shell has been updated, the shell is a high performance console add on, giving you syntax highlighting and context sensitive help. At the mo you can download and install it from github

I’ll be taking it out for a spin with some of our projects to see if there any issues, before we maybe have a look at some of our other projects.

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