When training the Maven Fundamentals or Advanced Maven Techniques classes or reading the Apache Maven users mailing list, it seems that again and again Maven 2 pops up. Sometimes even the long dead Maven 1 creeps up now and then. Usually my first two questions to somebody using Maven 2 are Why? and Are you sure?
Sonatype recently released a free beta version of the Sonatype Insight Plugin for Eclipse that allows you to more efficiently manage and select Java components. It is part of the Sonatype Insight product line that helps organizations take advantage of open source-based development while improving quality and reducing security and licensing risks.
We want to make component based development as easy as possible by providing you the tools to choose the right components from the beginning to speed development, improve quality, and reduce costly rework. This plugin, the first of a series of development tools, helps you tame the issues typically associated with utilizing open source Java components, including:
- Determining when new component versions are available and making informed update decisions
- Understanding what versions of each component are used in your project
- Identifying where specific components are used
- Updating components throughout your project
The plugin is build tool agnostic, and so works with all Java projects in general (Java, PDE, Maven, etc.).
This is just the beginning. We’ll be adding features to help you choose components that meet your security, quality, and licensing standards by providing useful information about each component right in the IDE. For example, we’ll alert you when a component, or one of its dependencies has known security vulnerabilities. You’ll also be able to tell how each component or dependency is licensed without having to hunt through the code yourself.
So tame your dependencies today and get the Sonatype Insight Plugin for Eclipse.
At Sonatype, we’re very excited about the Hudson proposal that has been posted to the Eclipse Foundation website today. We believe Hudson moving to the Eclipse Foundation is the best way forward for both the Hudson and Jenkins projects. Having Hudson at a mature OSS foundation like Eclipse gives enterprise users the confidence that Hudson will remain vibrant and will continue to grow, and provides an opportunity to reconnect the Jenkins and Hudson communities back into a single focused community. Sonatype supports Eclipse as a Strategic Member because we’ve been impressed by the infrastructure, process, and approach to project oversight. It’s an ideal place for Hudson to mature.
Looking at the interested parties in the Hudson proposal it’s apparent that more resources than ever will be poured into the Hudson project. Oracle and Sonatype have been working diligently to add fundamental architectural improvements to Hudson — which has paved the way for a new stream of innovation. VMWare and Tasktop have also indicated that they will be providing additional development resources, and we’re keen to start collaborating with them.
Sonatype also hopes to attract more enterprise-class contributors by taking the lead and contributing our core Hudson innovations to Eclipse. This includes all of the Maven 3.x integration that we have created to date. We were originally only going to provide a portion of our Maven 3.x integration to the OSS community, but we are so excited about Hudson moving to Eclipse we want to stimulate community adoption and wider participation by providing the best Maven integration possible.
The Hudson proposal still needs to go through the 30-day review period within the Eclipse community, but we really think Hudson has found its new home. The Eclipse Foundation is a highly respected organization, has proven to be a vendor neutral, and has fostered many successful projects. Eclipse would be a great place for Hudson and Jenkins to reunite and now would be an ideal time. It can only be a good thing for users and I sincerely hope that the Jenkins team will seriously consider this option.
Hudson plays a key role in Sonatype’s commercial product portfolio so we’re committed to making the project succeed at Eclipse. We will offer commercial support and value added functionality in our ‘Professional’ version of Hudson. We are planning to contribute all commercial work we’ve invested in thus far to the Hudson project but we have more commercial features in the pipeline. Our customers tell us that along with Apache Maven, Nexus, and m2eclipse, Hudson is a critical part of their software development infrastructure. Hudson will be successful at the Eclipse Foundation and Sonatype plans to take an active part in that success.
The week is wrapping up and the Sonatype team has had a chance to fully digest everything that was learned at EclipseCon 2011. From gaining valuable insight into the Tycho project to some innovative apps, everyone took home something different from the conference. It was a great week that led to many favorite moments that we thought we’d share.
EclipseCon 2011 highlights
- “Meeting with Tycho developers from SAP for a face-to-face development session. It was completely ad-hoc, we just grabbed a table in the hotel lobby and worked on Tycho for few hours. Also, there was significant interest in Tycho, especially in an end-to-end solution that covers IDE, build, repository and deployment use cases.” – Igor (Software Developer)
- “The p2 talks were well attended, with the hottest one being our talk with Ian Bull from EclipseSource on the do’s and don’ts of p2. It was good to talk to people using p2 to provision farms of machine in the cloud. Finally there were also some good discussions on the future of p2 in Virgo.” – Pascal (Software Developer)
- “The Mobione app to make iPhone apps without programming was great for us marketing-types.” – Terry (Director, Product Marketing)
- Best food goes to: “The Burrito Station at the Exhibitor Reception!” – Emily (Community Manager)
Lastly, our session Next Generation Development Infrastructure: Maven, m2eclipse, Nexus & Hudson, led by Jason van Zyl was a highlight of the week for us. Thank you to all who attended, it was great to see such an interest in the next generation of development infrastructure and we look forward to working with the community to realize this vision.
We also wanted to say thank you to the Eclipse Foundation and everyone who helps make EclipseCon possible.
Stay tuned to the Sonatype blog next week as we’ll detail some of our presentations from EclipseCon.
Join Sonatype’s Jason van Zyl, Pascal Rapicault, and Igor Fedorenko at EclipseCon 2011 for a two-hour workshop on Tycho build conversion.
This tutorial picks up where their morning tutorial Building Eclipse plugins and RCP applications with Tycho, Nexus & Hudson leaves off. If you’re planning on attending EclipseCon 2011, drop by and get hands on Tycho help from the Sonatype team!
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