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From Henri Gomez <>
Subject Re: Move to Maven? (WAS: Re: Publishing process for JARs for Maven Central)
Date Mon, 19 Dec 2011 09:42:08 GMT
> You see features where I see benefits of the features, asking the same
> question again and again shows your hate, and probably you hate me too,
> because I love Maven.
> No problem, you'll lose at some point :-D

Using Maven for Tomcat has been many times discussed here, each time
with a no go.
Consensus was, it works for Ant, why should we change ?

There is many reasons to use Maven instead of Ant :

* Better startup bootstrap for new comers, mvn package won't require
hack in, it just works out of the box.
* Parts of Tomcat, like JDBC POOL could be turned in modules and so
have a different lifecycle, ie release more often.
* Easier deployment on Artifact Repositories (like Nexus)
* Better team-up with others Apache projects, like OpenEJB, who use
Tomcat as part of their package process

Majority of major ASF projects are now using Maven and they can't all be wrong.

So I still didn't understand why there is still such veto on using a
de-facto standard like Maven, widely used in companies and also ASF.

Sometimes ago, I heard, let's do a proposal.
Olivier did it some weeks ago and I don't see many positive feedbacks.
He even provided a hackhish pom so Ant and Maven approach could co-exist.

We hear more and more ASF is conservative and sometimes slow to adopt
new stuff (cf: git discussion) and I should sadly admit, it's still
case for Tomcat.
There is here a real opportunity to to make them lie.


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