Today, I encountered another very detailed blog post on the woes of publishing on Maven Central. Jose Maria Arranz explains why he doesn’t like Maven in general and publishing to Maven Central in particular (I am with him on a lot of valid points).
I can’t help quoting:
Fortunately when searching for how-to articles and commenting in Twitter, @jbaruch an employee of JFrog contacts with me offering Bintray.com alternative to publish to Maven Central, the people behind JCenter, I read the article “The easy way to maven central” and I was sold. Bintray provides a GUI to upload and self sign your artifacts if you provides your public and private GnuPG keys, and with a simple UI action you are published in JCenter repository, and providing the Sontaype user and password you can finally easily publish in Maven Central.
Bintray helped me to break the wall of Sonatype process. I’m saved!!
Currently I’ve released RelProxy on JCenter and Maven Central. For releasing I use Ant calling to Maven tasks to generate the required Maven artifacts and to generate a distribution zip with everything. Everything could be automated, I could add signing and uploading from Ant (or maybe by the POM) without Bintray, but Bintray auto-signing and uploading UI is enough for me, releasing is done from time to time and most of releasing process is already automated, and releasing in JCenter is a plus.
Note: Don’t forget JCenter, for instance Maven Central is no longer pre-configured in Google Android environment.
That’s what I call “success”!
Thanks for the kind words, Jose Maria! I am happy that we managed to help 🙂