Today, I was navigating Apache.org website. I ran into the Cocoon project. Out of curiosity, I opened it. I know the project 5 years ago and I thought that it was closed (obsolete). I don't know why I always had this thought in mind, but any way. I was really amazed that the project is still open and still has activities (latest as the time of this writing is: Cocoon 2.2.0 Released on 5/15/08
Any way, while reading the documentation (Your first Cocoon application using Maven 2); I ran across this link: Maven in 5 Minutes Which lead to this link: Maven installation instructions
It's been a while since I wanted to run maven and get used to it. So, I started downloading Maven 2.0.9 immediately and began the installation instructions.
After that I went back to the Maven in 5 Minutes which made me confused about two things:
1- In the "Creating a project" section, there is the following comment:
"If you have just installed Maven, it may take a while on the first run. This is because Maven is downloading the most recent artifacts (plugin jars and other files) into your local repository. You may also need to execute the command a couple of times before it succeeds. This is because the remote server may time out before your downloads are complete. Don't worry, there are ways to fix that."
2- I created the project any way, and continued to building it. Now although the previous mentioned comment, and although I find it very strange to go through downloading all these JARs in the creation phase, it started to download the JARs again to build the project..!!
I think that it should not have downloaded extra JARs in the first place, and I think that it should not have downloaded them again.
I did not try it; but I am afraid of having to download all the JARs every time I try to build the project.
I think that this is nonsense. If Maven is requiring these JARs, I think it should be available in the downloaded file itself, if not, it would be downloaded once and for all. Or may be, added by the user himself into the lib folder or something.
That was just a try. May be I would explore about this more or explore the documentation section later..
Now, I'll get back to the new Cocoon.. ;)