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When I compare the Maven dependency mechanisms with our home-brewn solution in our company then among others one major thing is different: Maven does not know the concept of an artifact life cycle. (At least I do not know about such a mechanism and I do not refer to the build life cycle). Such life cycle status information would allow to extend the dependency management in a new dimension. One could declare whether certain dependencies are actually allowed to be used in a project, enabling effective technology management.

UPDATE/2008-06-19: The plugin has been made available on SourceForge:

Use cases

Consider the following sample use cases.