Friday, October 10, 2008


Sonatype Nexus is great as it simplifies maven. Maven is a useful java tool that allows for simplification of development within a team by removing unnecessary complexity within build scripts however it may seem overwhelming with configuration and repository management.

Development teams should use Sonatype Nexus to provide a cache of public repositories. This also ensures that each developer is using the same internal repository and simplifies configuration on each machine.

The following public repositories should be added to nexus. Note: is a maven 1 repository and you would have to tell nexus to remap virtually present this as a maven 2 repository.



If you need to still need to customise your build you can still use ant by using the antrun plugin.

<echo message="Hello World"/>
<mkdir dir="target/sample"/>
<javac classname="tim.HelloWorld" classpathref="maven.plugin.classpath" fork="true" dir="target/sample"/>

Friday, October 03, 2008


Zimbabwe is slowly heading back to the stone age - Banks are now unable to do internet transfers, or even internal transfers within the same bank ( Banking Chaos in Zim ). In some sick morbid way this is an interesting study of how a government can meltdown.