[jdom-interest] V2.x not usable next to V1.x

Michael Kay mike at saxonica.com
Fri May 18 13:13:00 PDT 2012

 >All in all, I think it is fair to blame maven here.

I have a great deal of sympathy with both sides of this debate.

Maven is a pig to use. We've given up trying several times. The 
documentation is awful, the process is awful, there is no way of testing 
your artefacts, and when you get them wrong (as we have done) there is 
no way of putting it right.

On the other hand, Maven is quite rightly focused on meeting the needs 
of its users rather than package developers. Those users do have complex 
requirements, and individual components like JDOM or Saxon are tiny 
parts of their overall systems; they don't want to tailor their working 
methods to the idiosyncracies of individual packages. (And they 
certainly don't want to have upgrades foisted on them: when something 
isn't broken, they don't want to fix it). So as developers, I think it's 
reasonable that we should make some effort to fit into the process the 
way it has been designed. But it *is* an extremely frustrating 
experience, and I'm not convinced it needs to be.

Michael Kay

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