This will be welcome news to developers in the crowd: The Alfresco artifacts for both Enterprise and Community are now available at http://artifacts.alfresco.com. This means developers using a build tool that knows how to pull dependencies out of a repository, like Maven, Gradle, etc., can build their applications and their chosen tool will download the Alfresco JAR and WAR files for them automatically.
Many of you know that Gab Columbro has been maintaining an unofficial repository of Community artifacts for years. Now that the repository is official, it includes the Enterprise artifacts. Premier and Premier Advantage customers can even get hotfixes. The repository also includes Activiti and Spring Surf artifacts.
Aside from not having to manually download the Alfresco, Activiti, and Surf JARs, if you are using an IDE that can talk to an artifact repository (like Eclipse) you can configure it to automatically associate the Alfresco source code and Javadoc with the JAR files which facilitates faster development and easier debugging.
I’m excited to see this–it’s good for developers. It’s one of the many things we’re working on to improve developer ergonomics.
It took several people internally to make this happen, but there is no way it would have happened without Gab’s tireless dedication and passion. Thanks, Gab!