Release Notes: Manifests are now created properly within JARs. There was a temporary problem with this when moving from Ant 1.4.1 to Ant 1.5. Tags created with the define:tag will now execute N times within the same goal. The deploy:copy-deps tag will now take an optional excludes attribute which will accept a list of dependency IDs where each dependency that is listed will be excluded from the copy. Execution of the maven.bat file has been corrected for Win9x systems. Time stats shown at the end of a build are now correct. AspjectJ plug-in has been added. The Eclipse plug-in has been added.
Release Notes: Jelly is now used for all XML scripting instead of Ant build files, which still provides Ant semantics but provides greater flexibility in processing your builds. Plugins can now be packaged in JARs and dropped into your Maven installation to add new functionality to your builds. IBiblio is now being used as a primary Maven repository, providing high availability, reliability, and bandwidth. The Reactor, which is a tool that allows you to process an arbitrary set of projects, is in its first working form.
Release Notes: Checkstyle was integrated. A maven installation update mechanism was created, allowing you to easily update your Maven installation. A POM update mechanism was added that will move your Maven projects forward easily as Maven improves. The updater will transform your project descriptor, properties files, and the project structure itself, if required. Testing has been simplified and made safer. An XML Schema and validation mechanism have been added.