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Developer Tip: Deploy your analytical tools with Maven and Thetus Open Source Plugins

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Maven is a widely used project management tool.  It is an open source project of the Apache Software Foundation which maintains a comprehensive project page at maven.apache.org Thetus is a company providing advanced analytical capabilities including model enabled analysis capabilities which can run in both cloud and traditional environments.  I noticed an interesting connection between Maven and Thetus and wanted to share it with you here.

More on Maven: Apache Maven is a software project management and comprehension tool. Based on the concept of a project object model (POM), Maven can manage a project’s build, reporting and documentation from a central piece of information.  It can also be used as a simple “build” tool that takes all the key components of a project and converts them into executable code ready for fast/easy/repeatable/runnable code. Although all developers can use Maven for many activities, it is in wide use by developers of modern analytical applications.

More on Thetus: Thetus is a firm staffed with world renowned developers, engineers, computer scientists and mission-focused analysts. They produce several capabilities including model enabled analytical solutions.  Their solutions are built to be incredibly interoperable and to run in any existing legacy environment. Their developers use Maven to ensure widespread interoperability and deployability of their code, making Thetus solutions some of the easiest to deploy anywhere.

The connection: Thetus engineers developed a tool designed to simplify plug-ins for Maven. This Thetus Maven Toolbox drastically simplifies authoring certain types of plug-ins.  You can learn more about it at : http://blog.thetus.com/2012/01/31/open-source-invite/ and https://bitbucket.org/Thetus/maven-toolbox

Here is more from the Thetus blog:

Who doesn’t love free stuff? With software and hardware reaching higher and higher price points, it’s especially rewarding to find open source software these days. And fortunately, there’s a lot of it out there. We utilize open source technologies to build our software infrastructure quite frequently and we figured it was due time to give back to the community that has provided us with so much.

We went through our code to find parts of it that were not directly related to our product and could be helpful to others. We thought about the most commonly used open source technologies in our office and came up with Tomcat, Apache Commons, Flex and finally, Maven. We decided to make our own open source product to simplify plug-ins for Maven, so here goes our first Thetus-bred open source product.

Maven takes a description of our builds requirements, formulates a build plan, and then executes it. Maven handles most things without intervention, but when you need to, you can write plug-ins to provide fine-grained control.

We noticed a lot of the plug-ins we were writing for Maven had some commonalities and instead of recreating or copying and pasting code, we pulled that pesky repetitious code out and created the Thetus Maven Toolbox. This toolbox gives you easier ways to access Maven’s build plan and perform common plug-in tasks. These tools let you build up information about your project as a whole, and get info out of the lovely model that Maven provides.

The Thetus Maven Toolbox drastically simplifies authoring certain types of plug-ins — such as those for launching other java programs — and can make previously convoluted tasks simpler. We hope you find this toolbox as useful as we have, keep a look out for more Thetus-bred open source projects!

To use the Thetus Maven Toolbox https://bitbucket.org/Thetus/maven-toolbox

 

 

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Bob Gourley, former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), is Founder and CTO of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm providing fact based technology reviews in support of venture capital, private equity and emerging technology firms. He has extensive industry experience in intelligence and security and was awarded an intelligence community meritorious achievement award by AFCEA in 2008, and has also been recognized as an Infoworld Top 25 CTO and as one of the most fascinating communicators in Government IT by GovFresh.