Thursday, 13 August 2009

Maven and friends can only get you so far

I think that one of the best things about software development is that it is always changing - unfortunately this ever changing environment doesn't often allow for things to change as simply as dropping in the next version.

Deploying applications to some servers recently I discovered that some of the components used different versions of some low level libraries. This could have made me appreciate more what projects developed with Maven or Ivy get to see while in progress, but in this case it was not some component of our code that had jumped ahead of some other component - it was actually a container application on the server.

Fortunately enough the versions of the Apache commons jars are backwards compatible, so it was a relatively painless upgrade process.

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