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Maven Users Rebel Against MyEclipse

Sometimes Maven takes heat for being "opinionated" and wanting you to do things a certain way. Even though it is usually configurable, it's normally easier to go with the flow.

It seems that the "Maven Way" is catching on, as masses of Maven users rebel against MyEclipse's attempt at using M2Eclipse as the basis for their Maven integration. In the beginning it sounded like a good thing, using the best plugin as a base to provide integration to more users. The trouble is that this implementation changed some core functionality and only supports new projects. Worse is that existing M2e users get tripped up by the incompatibility with the Maven4Eclipse implementation.

A key tenet of Maven is that all Maven based projects behave the same regardless of where they are. Once you know Maven, you should be able to work with any Maven project in seconds. It seems that MyEclipse broke this tenet and the users aren't too happy about it.

A more appropriate approach would be to work with M2e to add features instead of effectively forking it.

You can read more about it on Jason's blog.

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Written by Brian Fox

Brian Fox is a software developer, innovator and entrepreneur. He is an active contributor within the open source development community, most prominently as a member of the Apache Software Foundation and former Chair of the Apache Maven project. As the CTO and co-founder of Sonatype, he is focused on building a platform for developers and DevOps professionals to build high-quality, secure applications with open source components.