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The pain of migrating from Ant to Maven

Posted by zarar on December 13, 2006 at 8:18 AM PST

So you want to migrate to Maven because somebody told you it's the greatest build system around? They're probably right but what they don't tell you is that the road to Maven success is through hundreds of land mines, open JIRA's, mailing list lies and enough internal bleeding to make you wish you had stayed with good ol' Ant even though the build file had reached 4000 lines.

Don't take my word for it, just ask anybody and everybody who's ever converted a project larger than 30 source files from Ant to Maven. God forbid if you're dealing with XDoclet and generated files, if that is the case, then you'll need enough Valium to last you a mvn deploy and no you can't use -Dmaven.test.skip=true. Let's keep the attempts at humor on the side and talk about what really plagues Maven. You, you right there who

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