Who: The Apache Software Foundation (ASF): all-volunteer developers, stewards, 
and incubators of nearly 150 Open Source projects and initiatives.

What: In development for nearly 10 years, and an ASF Top-Level Project since 
2003, Apache Maven is the build system of choice for millions of developers and 
thousands of organizations world-wide.

Why: Maven 3 represents the culmination of nearly two years of work 
re-architecting the internals of the system based on experience gained over the 
last five years with Maven 2.x. Maven 3 is faster, more reliable, and more 
extensible, with users already reporting 10-40% improvements in build time over 
Maven 2.

"A key priority for our users was backward compatibility," said Brian Fox, Vice 
President of Apache Maven. "We've invested a significant amount of time and 
effort to ensure a smooth transition while maintaining backward compatibility 
with Maven 2 builds and plugins."

Highlights of the release include:

    * Parallel build capability
    * Conversion of IoC system from Plexus to Guice, including a Plexus 
compatibility layer
    * Rewritten dependency resolution logic, designed to be extensible and 
embedded in other applications
    * Improved POM validation during the build to warn users of potential 
    * Improved error handling and messages
    * Decoupled reporting engine from the core
    * New inheritance and interpolation code designed to be extensible and 
allow composition of POMs in future releases
    * More robust handling of local repository data
    * True plugin classpath isolation
    * Massively improved regression test suite for Maven core and plugins

Further details are available at 

When: Apache Maven 3 was released on 8 October 2010 In addition, Apache Maven 
training will be held on 1 November at ApacheCon in Atlanta, Georgia.

Where: Apache Maven 3 is released under the Apache License v2.0, and available 
for download at http://maven.apache.org/ For details on Maven training visit 

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