Over the course of the past few years, I’ve interacted with hundreds of people when talking about build tools and repository management. It continues to surprise me how many people don’t realize where these artifacts come from. When you run a build and these JARs just show up alongside all of their dependencies, it’s like magic to most people. If you know how it works, it’s very obvious to you that running a repository manager is the right thing to do. This post is a reminder to everyone using build tools that rely on Central: take time to proxy Central with a repository manager.