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Published: Jan 02 2010 / 18:18

Kent Spillner certainly seems to think so. I disagree with the conclusion, but I find myself agreeing with a lot of the points he makes.
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yakkoh replied ago:

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Dave Newton replied ago:

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Bryan Young replied ago:

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There really isn't much to rebut... Kent's post makes a lot of valid complaints about Maven, but then make the 10-mile leap to creating build scripts from scratch in ant. Kent doesn't attempt to connect point A to point B, so there's nothing to argue against other than opinion.

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Benjamin Winterberg replied ago:

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This article is pretty much the same what I thought while reading Spillners post.

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alexcoppo replied ago:

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Just a couple of snippets: "The best build tool is the one you write yourself" and "Writing your own custom build tool is quick and easy, and requires less maintenance than you fear. Don’t be afraid: builds should fit your project, not the other way around."

The idea of having such a person as a colleague (or worse, to have to maintain his work) sends shivers along my spine.

His attitude is the one of the people who love to reinvent the wheel (making it square in the process). They are so full of themselves that they haven't the slightest doubt that:
1) their needs are absolutely, positively unique (which is not);
2) they are soo capable and smart that whatever solution they devise is superior to anything else in existence.

I admit that there is a positive side in his thinking: if you work in a firm, and make your "tools" to handle strategic functions, you might end up being impossible to fire...

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Programmist replied ago:

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Spillner is yet another in a long line of people who complain about Maven and yet don't seem to understand the best ways to use it. Nondeterminism? Please. Try Nexus. I've been using Maven for about 4 years now and I can say with confidence that it's far from perfect, but it doesn't deserve the villainous rap that the more vocal and less informed often seem to give it.
,Spillner is yet another in a long line of people who complain about Maven and yet don't seem to understand the best ways to use it. Nondeterminism? Please. Try Nexus. I've been using Maven for about 4 years now and I can say with confidence that it's far from perfect, but it doesn't deserve the villainous rap that the more vocal and less informed often seem to give it.

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