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Sonatype, the company that is transforming software development, today announced a relationship with Oracle that brings Java.net open-source projects to the ‘Central Repository,’ already the industry’s leading source for open-source Java components used daily by more than 40,000 development organizations worldwide.

To facilitate the migration to the Central Repository, Sonatype donated a hosted version of Nexus Professional, the industry’s most widely used repository manager to the Java.net community. 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. Java.net projects such as GlassFish and others are now included in the Central Repository.

“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,” said Jason van Zyl, CTO and Founder of Sonatype. “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.”

“Java.net is the premier source for Java technology collaboration with more than 600,000 members and 2,000 projects in development,” said Amit Zavery, Vice President, Product Management at Oracle. “With an industry-standard infrastructure now in place, Sonatype and Oracle have made it easier for existing and future Java.net projects to leverage the collective knowledge and work of the community to create better software faster.”

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.

Sonatype is the principal caretaker of the Central Repository’s global infrastructure and provides a hosted version of its Nexus Pro software to more than 1,000 open-source projects at no charge. Projects not already a part of the Central Repository ecosystem are encouraged to visit Sonatype at http://nexus.sonatype.org/oss-repository-hosting.html.