Nexus guru Brian Fox, from Sonatype, has published some excellent entries in his blog on the Sonatype site about Nexus, and about Repository Managers in general.

In this entry he puts together a great collection of tips and tricks for using Maven with CI. He describes several very useful best practices such as automating your snapshot deployments and purging your snapshots, among others. If you're doing CI with Maven, check it out!

In another blog, he compares and contrasts Nexus and JFrog's Artifactory which has just released a brand new version. This is very interesting reading, particularly with Brian's in-depth knowledge of Nexus and of Repository Managers in general. I have to admit I have only had a brief look at the latest version of Artifactory so far, but I intend to do some more in-depths tests to compare the two later on. Like Brian, I am really pleased to see this new version of Artifactory on the market, because, at the end of the day, good solid competition is what pushes products to new and greater things and more innovative solutions.

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