Sonatype Launches Maven Studio IDE, Previews Enterprise Suite

Sonatype, caretaker of the Apache Maven project and a provider of enterprise software development infrastructure, announces Sonatype Maven Studio for Eclipse, a tool set for the Maven project and build management system.

Sonatype, caretaker of the Apache Maven project, has announced the Sonatype Maven Studio for Eclipse tool set.

A self-described "leading provider of enterprise software development infrastructure," Sonatype announced the release of the Sonatype Maven Studio for Eclipse March 22 at the EclipseCon conference for developers and users of the open-source Eclipse IDE (integrated development environment). Maven Studio is an Eclipse-based IDE that has been "specifically optimized for Maven, the de facto standard for Java project and build management used by more than 3 million Java developers worldwide," said Jason van Zyl, CTO and founder of Sonatype and creator of Maven.

Van Zyl said Maven Studio "accelerates developer productivity through a range of innovations including one-click on-boarding-making developers fully productive in minutes rather than hours or even days."

"The process of on-boarding new software developers is slow, cumbersome and prone to error," Gartner Research analyst Mark Driver said in a statement. "Lost productivity due to inadequate and ineffective on-boarding processes is a 'hidden tax' that causes organizations to waste a great deal of time and money."

Indeed, Sonatype said:

""Getting a new developer up and running can take up to a week of trial and error as they assemble a working development environment, struggling with project dependencies, plug-ins, preferences, and more. With one click, Maven Studio automatically installs and configures everything a developer needs to start delivering value to their organization.""

"Maven Studio for Eclipse enables a major advance in Java developer productivity, eliminating the wasted time of the typical trial-and-error process of assembling a working development environment," van Zyl said in a statement. "Every organization using Maven and Eclipse will find the Studio indispensable to making a new team member fully productive."

The Sonatype statement said:

""With [the] open source M2Eclipse [plug-in] at its core, Maven Studio for Eclipse will also deliver a number of innovations beyond one-click onboarding. These include:-License management to ensure that all license headers and attribution files are present in the project, making the terms of the license legally enforceable-Tomcat integration for rapid development of web applications-Confluence Wiki integration, allowing developers to view and edit wiki content from inside Eclipse-The ability to launch Hudson builds and monitor Hudson build status within the Eclipse IDE""

Hudson is an open-source continuous integration system based on Eclipse and hosted by the Eclipse Foundation. The Sonatype statement continued:

""Maven Studio for Eclipse also provides tight Maven platform integration, including support for Eclipse provisioning and workspace materialization, allowing developers to automatically install the Eclipse IDE, check out the project source and configure preferences. Maven Studio for Eclipse works closely with [Sonatype's] Nexus Professional [repository manager] and leverages its Eclipse repository support to make one-click onboarding seamless.""

In addition, van Zyl told eWEEK Sonatype is working on delivering an entire suite of software called Maven Enterprise Suite. Maven Enterprise Suite will consist of Maven with support from Sonatype, Maven Studio for Eclipse, Nexus Pro and Hudson, he said, adding that Sonatype is currently testing the Maven Enterprise Suite with about 10 of its clients.

Maven Studio for Eclipse will be available in the second quarter of 2010. For a preview of the technology go to

Sonatype also is working on a provisioning tool known as Proviso and a project called Polyglot Maven, which brings JVM (Java virtual machine) diversity, DSLs (domain-specific languages) and terse markup languages to Maven. Polyglot Maven is aimed at developers "looking to leverage the power of Maven through modern JVM language implementations like Groovy, Scala, Clojure and JRuby," Sonatype said on its Website. The company further said, "Polyglot Maven is an attempt to provide the power to Maven users who are not so fond of XML."

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