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Maven

Homepage

http://maven.apache.org/

Latest release

3.1.0 (15/07/2013)

Developed by

Apache Software Foundation

Licenses

Apache 2.0

Overall rating

6.9
Usability
7.4
Simplicity
5.8
Documentation
7.2
Community
8.0

Tags

  • build tool

  • dependency mgmt

  • java

Description

Apache Maven is a software project management and comprehension tool. Based on the concept of a project object model (POM), Maven can manage a project's build, reporting and documentation from a central piece of information.

Maven, a Yiddish word meaning accumulator of knowledge, was originally started as an attempt to simplify the build processes in the Jakarta Turbine project. There were several projects each with their own Ant build files that were all slightly different and JARs were checked into CVS. We wanted a standard way to build the projects, a clear definition of what the project consisted of, an easy way to publish project information and a way to share JARs across several projects.

The result is a tool that can now be used for building and managing any Java-based project. We hope that we have created something that will make the day-to-day work of Java developers easier and generally help with the comprehension of any Java-based project.

 

 

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8.5
olivierdemeijer

What has Maven ever done for us ?

Maven is not only about managing lib dependencies, it's about managing projects lifecycle. Which is obviously not a simple task, hence the complexity of the tool.

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6.5
chrtela

Clearly a key software, that anyone should/must use when working on huge Java projects. However, the learning curve is rather long, documentation is not always clear, and XML files are far from being easy to read/write, even after many years of experience.

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8.0
scott.mcintosh

I use Maven directly, as well as indirectly via Grails.  I made the usability a bit higher than I would have if viewd as "ease of use" because it capabilities and the problems it solves (library management) are things I considered in the rating.  I typically use Grails or Eclipse which eliminate reduce the need to edit pom.xml directly, but I certainly understand the complaints of those who do need to do so.  

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7.8
peter.keller

The framework is useful and powerful. However, the pom.xml is much too verbose (perhaps namespaces should be used as this is done in Spring?).

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