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johnlinp authored and hboutemy committed Jan 15, 2019
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Although transitive dependencies can help you to include desired dependencies, it is a good practice that you directly
specify the dependencies you are directly using in your own source code. This best practice proves its value especially
when the dependencies of your project constantly changes their dependencies. Assume that your project A specifies a
dependency on another project B, and project B specifies a dependency on project C. If you are directly using components
in project C, and you don't specify project C in your project A, it may cause build failure when project B suddenly
updates/removes its dependency on project C. Another reason to directly specify dependencies is that it provides better
documentation for your project: one can learn more information by just reading the POM file in your project. Maven also
provides a plugin {{{}dependency:analyze mojo}}
for analyzing the dependencies and making this best practice more achievable.

* {Dependency Scope}

Dependency scope is used to limit the transitivity of a dependency, and also to affect the classpath used for

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