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Sonatype to Lead New Eclipse Project to Integrate Maven into Eclipse

Palo Alto, CA

Published: June 30, 2008 08:00

Sonatype, the leader in Java development infrastructure, today announced that they will contribute their m2eclipse project, an Eclipse plug-in that tightly integrates Maven and Eclipse, to the Eclipse Foundation and lead a new Eclipse Technology Project. The existing project will serve as the starting point for the Eclipse m2eclipse project. The move shows Sonatype’s strong commitment to open source and to the integration of Eclipse and Maven, combining the world’s most popular IDE with the most popular Java build and release framework and repository.

Java developers have downloaded more than 2 million copies of Maven to manage their build process. The Maven central repository is one of the most active open source repositories in the world with more 100 million Java artifacts downloaded a month.

"The open source community now provides developers with an integrated Java development framework that combines the most popular IDE, the most popular build and release framework, and the largest repository of Java software," said Jason van Zyl, creator of the Maven Central Repository and founder of Sonatype. "Since m2eclipse is the de facto standard for Maven and Eclipse integration, Sonatype is contributing all the code to the open source community to make both Maven and Eclipse more valuable to developers."

"Maven and Eclipse are two extremely popular open source tools that improve efficiency for developers," said Dan Diephouse, software architect at MuleSource and creator of XFire. "Open source software developers are thrilled about Sonatype’s work to integrate the Maven build framework, the Eclipse IDE, and the Maven central repository."

Created by Sonatype, m2eclipse (also known as m2e) gives developers the ability to launch Maven builds and resolve Maven dependencies from inside Eclipse. Additionally, Maven’s popular method of dependency management, enabled by their use of a project-object model (POM) for all artifacts, will be brought to the Eclipse platform. m2eclipse will use Eclipse extensibility mechanisms to extend Maven tools, insuring that all Java software in the Maven central repository or internal enterprise repositories can be easily accessed from within Eclipse.

"This is a great addition to the Eclipse community, we feel that easing the barriers between Maven and Eclipse will be an important integration point," said Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation. "We welcome Sonatype’s contribution of m2eclipse to the Eclipse community."

The m2eclipse project is distributed under the Eclipse Public License (EPL), and will be available from Eclipse by August 2008. The plug-in, as well as additional information on m2eclipse, is currently available at