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AWS CodeBuild vs Apache Maven: What are the differences?

What is AWS CodeBuild? Build and test code with continuous scaling. AWS CodeBuild is a fully managed build service that compiles source code, runs tests, and produces software packages that are ready to deploy. With CodeBuild, you don’t need to provision, manage, and scale your own build servers.

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.

AWS CodeBuild can be classified as a tool in the "Continuous Integration" category, while Apache Maven is grouped under "Java Build Tools".

Some of the features offered by AWS CodeBuild are:

  • Fully Managed Build Service
  • Continuous Scaling
  • Enables Continuous 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)

"Pay per minute" is the primary reason why developers consider AWS CodeBuild over the competitors, whereas "Dependency management" was stated as the key factor in picking Apache Maven.

Apache Maven is an open source tool with 1.74K GitHub stars and 1.28K GitHub forks. Here's a link to Apache Maven's open source repository on GitHub.

Zillow, Intuit, and Zalando are some of the popular companies that use Apache Maven, whereas AWS CodeBuild is used by Convox, Volta Industries, and ChromaDex. Apache Maven has a broader approval, being mentioned in 305 company stacks & 142 developers stacks; compared to AWS CodeBuild, which is listed in 21 company stacks and 14 developer stacks.

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Pros of AWS CodeBuild
Pros of Apache Maven
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    Pay per minute
  • 5
    Parameter Store integration for passing secrets
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    Integrated with AWS
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    Bit bucket integration
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    Streaming logs to Amazon CloudWatch
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    AWS Config and Config rule integration for compliance
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    GitHub Webhooks support
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    VPC PrivateLinks to invoke service without internet
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    Windows/.NET support
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    Jenkins plugin integration
  • 1
    Ondemand scaling of build jobs
  • 1
    Scheduled builds with CloudWatch Events integration
  • 1
    Local build debug support
  • 1
    Native support for accessing Amazon VPC resources
  • 1
    Docker based build environment
  • 1
    Support for bringing custom Docker images
  • 1
    Fully managed (no installation/updates, servers to mai
  • 1
    PCI, SOC, ISO, HIPAA compliant
  • 1
    Full API/SDKs/CLI support
  • 1
    YAML based configuration
  • 1
    Great support (forums, premium support, SO, GitHub)
  • 1
    Perpetual free tier option (100 mins/month)
  • 1
    GitHub Enterprise support
  • 136
    Dependency management
  • 71
    Necessary evil
  • 60
    I’d rather code my app, not my build
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    Publishing packaged artifacts
  • 43
    Convention over configuration
  • 18
    Modularisation
  • 11
    Consistency across builds
  • 6
    Prevents overengineering using scripting
  • 4
    Runs Tests
  • 4
    Lot of cool plugins
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    Extensible
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    Hard to customize
  • 2
    Runs on Linux
  • 1
    Runs on OS X
  • 1
    Slow incremental build
  • 1
    Inconsistent buillds
  • 1
    Undeterminisc
  • 1
    Good IDE tooling

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Cons of AWS CodeBuild
Cons of Apache Maven
  • 1
    Poor branch support
  • 6
    Complex
  • 1
    Inconsistent buillds
  • 0
    Not many plugin-alternatives

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What is AWS CodeBuild?

AWS CodeBuild is a fully managed build service that compiles source code, runs tests, and produces software packages that are ready to deploy. With CodeBuild, you don’t need to provision, manage, and scale your own build servers.

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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