Month: April 2007

Better Builds with "Maven: The Definitive Guide"

Thats right, there is a new guide out there to help all those interested in Maven (or already using it) to get the most out of their build lifecycle. It is indeed the definitive guide and will be regularly updated so it stays that way. This book is produced by my colleges at Sonatype and is a free gift to the Maven community – no registration, no catches. From the front of our site:

Maven: The Definitive Guide

We have produced a free Maven guide for users that is updated and released on a weekly basis.

We are working with the founder of the Maven project, and core Maven committers to produce an unrivaled technical resource for Maven users.

Belshazzar Feasts Again

Wow, this is very cool! I was invited (with a group of singers from the National Youth Choir of Scotland) to sing Belshazzar’s Feast in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall with the Royal Choral Union.

This is a huge privilege and I am very excited about singing again, it has been so long since my work has let up enough to squeeze in any rehearsals.

When I got the information regarding the concert I was overjoyed – they want us to sing the semichorus! The semichorus is a small group of singers who, in a couple of places, accompany the Baritone soloist without the choir. I was so keen to participate that I actually practiced! Unheard of 🙂

Please come alng if you can – details are at the Usher Hall website.

Sonatype – Build Success for your Enterprise

No more late nights. No more broken builds. No more missed deadlines. Meet Sonatype.

Sonatype is an exciting new company that I have helped put together along with Maven founder Jason Van Zyl and many other core Maven committers. This is a very exciting day for all of us – it is time to announce that we are here, and we are here to help. From the introduction on our new web site (

Everybody Builds.
It’s true. Everybody builds. Building your software shouldn’t be painful and it doesn’t have to be. We are experts, with decades of combined experience, who specialize in setting up sound development infrastructures that yield results. Let us help your team be more productive and consistent.”

If your project or your company could benefit from a solid development infrastructure then why not sign up for one of our training events? We will be at the Sun JavaOne conference in San Francisco and have training sessions already set up for the 7th of May.

We hope that by properly supporting the excellent Maven project and related software we can help these tools and the Maven community as a whole move forward into a healthy future. “Vive la Open Source”