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Apache Maven

Building and automating packaging of software can be a challenging task. As the complexity of the project grows so do the dependencies on third-party artifacts. Using Maven we can define and manage the project structure centrally and it helps improve overall build times.
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JRebel

I recommend JRebel for Java developers, it will remove the time needed for redeployment, it will increase the focus on the task at hand (without being distracted by the redeployment) and will make them happier. I recommend JRebel for Java Development Managers, they should purchase this for their teams - it will increase productivity, decrease the product's time to market, and it will save money for the company. The ROI can be calculated upfront and presented to higher level management for approving this, if needed.
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Pros

  • If you are building in the Java ecosystem, then Maven definitely has the biggest repository of artifacts needed for such projects.
  • It has a very simple to use extendable architecture. Everything is configurable through the Pom.xml file which is very simple to follow.
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  • Removes the time needed for redeployments of the source code - improves productivity, time to market, and saves money.
  • Easy to install
  • License renewals - the sales department reaches out to you long before the licenses expire so you can have time to get your approvals.
  • Analytics and reporting - it will show you the time saved by JRebel and even the ROI, if you input the average hourly cost of a developer.
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Cons

  • In our use of this software, we have found several issues with its dependency management system. Firstly due to its caching mechanism, it can sometimes show conflicts when building the project locally.
  • Adding and configuring the project to support manually added JAR files can be problematic. The error handling and reporting mechanism should be improved.
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  • In multi-project environments, the dependencies are not always reloaded.
  • License management - we use a license server with a combination of dedicated licenses and floating. I had some struggle managing these due to the License Server User Interface not being very intuitive.
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The performance of JRebel is great. It is enabling the Java team to do hot re-deployments and it has to be transparent and fast for the user, otherwise the whole purpose of reducing wasted time with re-deployments doesn't make sense.Also the User Interface for License Server management and analytics loads fast and the navigation through pages is quick.
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Alternatives Considered

Maven vs Gradle
  • Maven is much more mature vs Gradle and been around for a long time. Easy to get developers. Gradle is new but adoption is fast
  • In Maven dependency management does not handle conflicts well between different versions of the same library. Its better in Gradle.
  • Customization of targets (goals) is hard in Maven and simple in Gradle
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Hot code swapping doesn't have many players...it's mainly JRebel. We use JRebel a lot in our backend code development where it minimizes our development cycle (20min down to 30sec). For Android, the competitor is Android Studio's Instant Run which works fairly well now. For smaller apps, Instant Run is faster deploying but needs more full builds. With JRebel, you hardly ever need to do a full build.
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Return on Investment

  • Apache Maven is an open source product from the Apache Software Foundation. Being free to use without any licensing constraints, we've been very happy with this product thus far.
  • The software build and packaging times for our applications have improved greatly since our use of this tool.
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  • It has sped up development time for users that used it
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Apache Maven

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Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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JRebel

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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