By Brennan Spies - Posted on January 22nd, 2009
The Apache Ivy project, now a subproject of Ant but formerly a product of Jayasoft, has released version 2.0 of its dependency management solution for Ant build files. It is the first stable release of Ivy since becoming a full-fledged subproject of Ant.
The release features increased compatibility with Maven 2.0, improved cache management, a new "packager" resolver, and better handling of relative paths. Ivy has become an excellent tool for those unable (or unwilling) to move to Maven, but unable to live without dependency management (though there is also Maven's own Ant tasks).
Ivy 2.0 is available for download here. The IvyDE Eclipse plug-in (essentially an editor for ivy.xml files and a classpath container for your dependencies) is also available through the update site: