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Apache Ivy 2.0.0-RC2: Closing in on 2.0

by R.J. Lorimer on Nov 21, 2008 |

Apache Ivy, a project dependency management tool, has reached 2.0.0-RC2 status. InfoQ previously covered Ivy moving to Apache as part of the 2.0 release. Since then there have been multiple beta releases, and Ivy is now in the release candidate phase.

To recap, here are some of Ivy's features:

  • Tightly integrated with Ant
  • Supports a number of dependency repositories
  • Dependency Reporting
  • Support for Continuous Integration
  • Strong Conflict Management

While both Maven and Ivy solve the project dependency problem, Ivy has a number of differences in how it is implemented, and Maven supports more features than just dependency management. The primary differences are described on the Ivy FAQ.

By reaching release candidate status, Ivy is now considered feature-complete for the 2.0 release:

This is the second release candidate of Ivy targeting 2.0.0.
As a release candidate version, we strongly encourage the use of this version for testing and validation.
From now on, features are frozen until final 2.0.0 version, only bug fixes may be applied before 2.0.0.
If no outstanding bugs are reported with this release candidate, it will promoted to 2.0.0 about two weeks after this release candidate.

The current production quality version is still 1.4.1, which has not been produced within the Apache Software Foundation.

Further information and updates will be available on the Ivy website and on Xavier Hanin's blog. There is information for getting started with Ivy on the documentation homepage.

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