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fastlane vs Apache Maven: What are the differences?

What is fastlane? Connect all iOS deployment tools into one streamlined workflow. fastlane lets you define and run your deployment pipelines for different environments. It helps you unify your app’s release process and automate the whole process. fastlane connects all fastlane tools and third party tools, like CocoaPods.

What is Apache Maven? Apache build manager for Java projects. Maven allows a project to build using its project object model (POM) and a set of plugins that are shared by all projects using Maven, providing a uniform build system. Once you familiarize yourself with how one Maven project builds you automatically know how all Maven projects build saving you immense amounts of time when trying to navigate many projects.

fastlane belongs to "Mobile Continuous Integration" category of the tech stack, while Apache Maven can be primarily classified under "Java Build Tools".

Some of the features offered by fastlane are:

  • Connect all build tools together
  • Define multiple lanes for different needs
  • Jenkins Integration

On the other hand, Apache Maven provides the following key features:

  • Simple project setup that follows best practices - get a new project or module started in seconds
  • Consistent usage across all projects means no ramp up time for new developers coming onto a project
  • Superior dependency management including automatic updating, dependency closures (also known as transitive dependencies)

"Easy to use" is the top reason why over 17 developers like fastlane, while over 125 developers mention "Dependency management" as the leading cause for choosing Apache Maven.

fastlane and Apache Maven are both open source tools. fastlane with 26K GitHub stars and 3.96K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Apache Maven with 1.74K GitHub stars and 1.28K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Apache Maven has a broader approval, being mentioned in 305 company stacks & 142 developers stacks; compared to fastlane, which is listed in 93 company stacks and 22 developer stacks.

What is fastlane?

fastlane lets you define and run your deployment pipelines for different environments. It helps you unify your app’s release process and automate the whole process. fastlane connects all fastlane tools and third party tools, like CocoaPods.

What is Apache Maven?

Maven allows a project to build using its project object model (POM) and a set of plugins that are shared by all projects using Maven, providing a uniform build system. Once you familiarize yourself with how one Maven project builds you automatically know how all Maven projects build saving you immense amounts of time when trying to navigate many projects.
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    What are some alternatives to fastlane and Apache Maven?
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    Decisions about fastlane and Apache Maven
    Gradle
    Gradle
    Apache Maven
    Apache Maven

    We use Apache Maven because it is a standard. Gradle is very good alternative, but Gradle doesn't provide any advantage for our project. Gradle is slower (without running daemon), need more resources and a learning curve is quite big. Our project can not use a great flexibility of Gradle. On the other hand, Maven is well-know tool integrated in many IDEs, Dockers and so on.

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    How developers use fastlane and Apache Maven
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    opening.io uses Apache MavenApache Maven

    Java build tool for internal processes: Jezebel daemon (in-mem classifiers/recommendations/feature analysis), Connemara (batch resume stream processor) and opes (opening elasticsearch plugin, simple process that listens for new incoming resumes and triggers analysis by Jezebel via a tcp json command).

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    Scrayos UG (haftungsbeschränkt) uses Apache MavenApache Maven

    All Java-Projects are compiled using Maven. We prefer it over Ant and Gradle as it combines lightweightness with feature-richness and offers basically all we can imagine from a software project-management tool and more.

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    Flutter Health Inc. uses fastlanefastlane

    Fastlane is a perfect tool for the build distributions. Its pretty simple settings allow composing the app builds just with one command. For Flutter it is set up for distributing Crashlytics and Test Flight builds.

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    Casey Smith uses Apache MavenApache Maven

    Package management and build automation for the back-end, plus integration of front-end build automation using Gulp/Bower/NPM.

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    Undisclosed, Do Not Contact or Spam Please uses Apache MavenApache Maven

    Necessary for Google j2objc

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    BrainFinance uses fastlanefastlane

    iOS and Android Continuous Integration integrated with Jenkins.

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    theskyinflames uses Apache MavenApache Maven

    JEE application development cycle management.

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    SHOUTca.st uses fastlanefastlane

    Mass deploy of iOS apps

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