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27 August 2008, 09:50

Sonatype's Nexus makes local Maven repositories easy

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Sonatype has released Nexus 1.0, a tool for Java developers to simplify the management of local Maven repositories. Maven, the Apache build manager system, uses repositories to store the various build artifacts, such as libraries and configuration data. The Maven Central Repository has more than 50,000 artifacts stored within it. The Maven developers recommend that developers should have their own local repository which can then mirror the central repository. That local repository can also contain any of the developers' own build artefacts for internal distribution. Setting up and managing your own repository can be a challenging task and this is where Nexus 1.0 comes in.

Nexus 1.0, an open source application released under the GPL, aims to provide a small footprint, easy to install repository manager. The Nexus repository is managed through a JavaScript-enhanced web interface and requires no back-end database configuration. Nexus works with command line Maven clients; Eclipse users can use Sonatype's M2Eclipse Maven/Eclipse integration. For integration with other build elements, Nexus 1.0 also provides a full REST API and RSS feeds for recently deployed artefacts.

Sonatype will be selling support and services based around Nexus, which, given the complexity of Maven, could be a lucrative business.


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