Maven Dependencies Pop Quiz – Results

A couple of weeks ago I posted a link to a pop quiz regarding dependency resolution in Apache Maven. 509 brave souls took the challenge; now is the time to share the results. The quiz is comprised of 14 questions split between 3 sections based on context: A single project A project with a parent POM A project with a BOM Each question revolves around figuring out what would be the selected version of a particular dependency, in this case Guava, because as many developers know, whenever there’s a classpath issue Guava is always to blame (What?!) To be fair, Read More

Running Gradle inside Maven

As organizations evolve so do their codebases. Apache Maven and Gradle are the most popular and widely used build tools in the JVM. Usually multi-project builds rely on a single build tool to accomplish the job but there may be uses cases where you need to combine both, having Maven be the one leading the pack. One possible use case is to build a companion Gradle plugin, this is the case for ByteBuddy and Quarkus; another use case is to run a composite build with Maven and Gradle projects mixed together. In this post I’ll show how Gradle can be Read More

Composite builds with Maven and Gradle

Gradle offers a neat feature called “Composite Builds” which allows one project to consume artifacts from other builds as if they were part of a single coherent unit. This feature is pretty easy to setup, however you might not know that it’s possible to do the same with Maven. Here’s how. Let’s say you have a producer and consumer projects, where producer is set as a dependency on consumer. If these two projects are to have their own release lifecycles their file structure may look like this The contents of the Gradle build files look like so And in the Read More

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