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Maryland-based Sonatype has formed a new bond with Oracle with the intention of bringing open-source projects to the Maven Central Repository of open-source Java components.

To facilitate the migration to the Central Repository, Sonatype says it has donated a hosted version of its Sonatype Pro for Nexus repository manager to the community. This action has allowed project owners to automate and control synchronization of their project artifacts to the Central Repository. This in turn allows other developers to locate and download the appropriate artifacts from projects via Maven.

As a result of these developments, Sonatype insists that "any" Maven project can now leverage project assets to deliver applications faster and at a higher quality level. projects such as GlassFish and others are now included in the Central Repository.

"Before the migration work done by Sonatype and Oracle, developers would often have to create workarounds and advanced configurations to consume important Java components housed at," said Jason van Zyl, CTO and founder of Sonatype.

"Developers now have access to components directly from the Central Repository, requiring no debugging or additional configurations. Enterprise development teams will see faster builds, fewer integration problems, and improved control of software component usage," added van Zyl.

Since its creation in 2001, the Central Repository usage by open-source projects has accelerated, with coverage expected to exceed 90 percent by the end of 2011. Popular software development infrastructure products such as NetBeans, Oracle JDeveloper, Eclipse, Apache Maven, Ant, Gradle, and Nexus all rely on the Central Repository for access to Java components.

" is the premier source for Java technology collaboration with more than 600,000 members and 2,000 projects in development," said Amit Zavery, vice president, product management at Oracle. "With an industry-standard infrastructure now in place, Sonatype and Oracle have made it easier for existing and future projects to leverage the collective knowledge and work of the community to create better software faster."

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