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From Ben Evans <>
Subject Re: Why should I use a dependencies manager?
Date Mon, 08 Feb 2010 09:56:17 GMT
Hi CBy,

Personally, I recommend that you go ahead and not use a dependency manager 
for this project.

There's no better teacher than having to manually sort out the mess that 
occurs from a project which was "too simple" to need automated dependency 
management. (See also: "Too simple to need source control").


Ben Evans
eFX Algorithmic Trading
Deutsche Bank, London
Office: +44 (0)20 7541 3953

CBy <> 
07/02/2010 15:33
Please respond to


Why should I use a dependencies manager?


I like to setup my projects in such a way that new users can check them 
out from our subversion repository and are ready to go. For managing 
dependencies, I have been experimenting with both Maven Ant Tasks and 
Ivy. Now that I have to choose between them, I seem to have forgotten 
why I started this exercise in the first place. Granted, checking in 
log4j and other libraries that I use in almost every project is not very 
efficient, but who cares? It's simple, has none of the bootstrapping 
problems, and disk space is not really a concern nowadays. I like 
simple. Is there a compelling reason not to do it this way? (I've read 
the FAQ, but was not really convinced so far.)



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