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Sonatype Adds java.net Projects to Its Central Repository

Posted by editor on August 21, 2011 at 5:49 PM PDT

Last week, Sonatype announced that java.net projects are now included in the Sonatype Central Repository. The press release states:

Java.net project owners can now easily automate and control synchronization of their Java.net project artifacts to the Central Repository. This allows other developers to locate and download the appropriate artifacts from Java.net projects via Apache Maven. As a result, any Maven project can now leverage Java.net project assets more easily to deliver applications faster, at a higher quality, and with less risk.

Sonatype founder and CTO Jason Van Zyl put it this way:

"Before the migration work done by Sonatype and Oracle, developers would often have to create workarounds and advanced configurations to consume important Java components housed at Java.net. Developers now have access to Java.net components directly from the Central Repository, requiring no debugging or additional configurations. Enterprise development teams will see faster builds, fewer integration problems and improved control of software component usage."

Some interesting information about the Central Repository:

The Central Repository is accessed by developers nearly four billion times per year making it one of the most visited services on the Web today. The addition of Java.net software components to the Central Repository significantly extends its coverage and reinforces its key role in the software development landscape. Since its creation in 2001, the Central Repository usage by open-source projects has accelerated dramatically with coverage expected to exceed 90 percent by the end of 2011. Popular software development infrastructure products such as NetBeans, Oracle JDeveloper, Eclipse, Apache Maven, Apache Ant, Gradle and Nexus use the Central Repository for access to Java components.

This is one more way that java.net is getting better. It's been, and is, a long journey, but the direction is clearly positive: as a site for supporting open source JVM-based projects, java.net net is improving step by step.

For additional commentary on the incorporation of java.net projects into the Sonatype Central Repository, see the Sonatype Blog entry and the Dr.Dobb's article.


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