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Apache Maven vs SourceTree: What are the differences?

Developers describe Apache Maven as "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. On the other hand, SourceTree is detailed as "A free Git GUI client for Windows and macOS". Use the full capability of Git and Mercurial in the SourceTree desktop app. Manage all your repositories, hosted or local, through SourceTree's simple interface.

Apache Maven and SourceTree are primarily classified as "Java Build" and "Source Code Management Desktop Apps" tools respectively.

Some of the features offered by Apache Maven are:

  • 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)

On the other hand, SourceTree provides the following key features:

  • Full-powered DVCS
  • Create, clone, commit, push, pull, merge, and more are all just a click away.
  • Review your outgoing and incoming changesets, cherry-pick between branches, patch handling, rebase, stash, shelve, and much more.

"Dependency management", "Necessary evil" and "I’d rather code my app, not my build" are the key factors why developers consider Apache Maven; whereas "Visual history and branch view", "Beautiful UI" and "Easy repository browsing" are the primary reasons why SourceTree is favored.

Apache Maven is an open source tool with 1.71K GitHub stars and 1.26K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Apache Maven's open source repository on GitHub.

According to the StackShare community, SourceTree has a broader approval, being mentioned in 615 company stacks & 401 developers stacks; compared to Apache Maven, which is listed in 301 company stacks and 138 developer stacks.

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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.

What is SourceTree?

Use the full capability of Git and Mercurial in the SourceTree desktop app. Manage all your repositories, hosted or local, through SourceTree's simple interface.
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What are some alternatives to Apache Maven and SourceTree?
Jira
Jira's secret sauce is the way it simplifies the complexities of software development into manageable units of work. Jira comes out-of-the-box with everything agile teams need to ship value to customers faster.
Jenkins
In a nutshell Jenkins CI is the leading open-source continuous integration server. Built with Java, it provides over 300 plugins to support building and testing virtually any project.
Gradle
Gradle is a build tool with a focus on build automation and support for multi-language development. If you are building, testing, publishing, and deploying software on any platform, Gradle offers a flexible model that can support the entire development lifecycle from compiling and packaging code to publishing web sites.
CMake
It is used to control the software compilation process using simple platform and compiler independent configuration files, and generate native makefiles and workspaces that can be used in the compiler environment of the user's choice.
Sonatype Nexus
It is an open source repository that supports many artifact formats, including Docker, Java™ and npm. With the Nexus tool integration, pipelines in your toolchain can publish and retrieve versioned apps and their dependencies
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Decisions about Apache Maven and SourceTree
Sublime Merge
Sublime Merge
SourceTree
SourceTree
GitKraken
GitKraken
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GitKraken is the best git client so far. The user interface is very friendly. Everything is easy to do with this tool. A branch tree vizualization is very clear. I've tried SourceTree and I got lost in such many panels. Also performance of SourceTree is not as goot as GitKraken. I like Sublime Merge but it doesn't have so many features as the other tools. I've choosen GitKraken and as bonus I got GitKraken Glo that is the next perfect tool.

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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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Cees Timmerman
Cees Timmerman
Windows
Windows
SourceTree
SourceTree
GitKraken
GitKraken
Tower
Tower

Tower appears to be between GitKraken and SourceTree in detail, but gave two scary error dialogs when attempting to merge resulted in a conflict. Doing the same in SourceTree just worked and showed the conflict in its handy file view that's always visible (unlike Tower's mere "Merge branch 'X' into develop" message when the commit is selected).

Both GitKraken and Tower lack the commit hash in their history overview, requiring one to select a commit to see it.

GitKraken appears to be the only Windows 10 Git GUI suitable for night shifts, but like Tower is only free for 30 days, unlike SourceTree.

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How developers use Apache Maven and SourceTree
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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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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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Promethean TV uses SourceTreeSourceTree

Used by various PrometheanTV technical staff to interface and interact with the Git Source Control service.

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Kane Blueriver uses SourceTreeSourceTree

Since being familiar to git CLI, I nearly never open it again except using it as a diff tool.

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Ralic Lo uses SourceTreeSourceTree

Used Source Tree to maintain version / commit / pull request , merge of codes for a team.

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

Necessary for Google j2objc

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theskyinflames uses Apache MavenApache Maven

JEE application development cycle management.

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vgorloff uses SourceTreeSourceTree

Using Git when command line is not suitable.

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Danai Sookcharoen uses SourceTreeSourceTree

Manage Project with GIT source code control

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