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November 15, 2009

Maven 3.0-alpha-3 Released!

If you don't know here are the goals of Maven 3.0

  1. Provide a drop-in replacement for Maven 2.x. You should not have to change your POMs, or rewrite plugins. Your projects should just work.

  2. Provide a more reliable, stable and performant Maven. We have tried to make Maven 3.x faster and we’ve succeeded for any of the projects that we’ve tested. We have a performance framework in place to make sure we don’t regress. We are measuring network I/O, disk I/O, CPU utilization and memory usage. We also have a massive number of integration tests to make sure the behaviour remains consistent and compatible as we progress. We simply aren’t going to go backward at this point.

  3. Synchronize the M2Eclipse releases with Maven 3.x so that we can immediately push fixes from Maven 3.x into M2Eclipse. For a long time M2Eclipse was out of sync with Maven trunk and created a great number of problems. We are now completely in sync and within hours of making changes in Maven 3.x they make it into the CI builds of M2Eclipse.

  4. Provide an easy way to embed Maven as a library. I think we’ve really proven this with M2Eclipse but Sonatype has two other efforts taking place. The first is to embed Maven 3.0 into Hudson and the second is to embed Maven 3.0 into Nexus. The APIs that we are creating not being final is largely why we are still releasing alphas. From a CLI perspective we’re pretty much done, from an embedding perspective we still have some work to do.