This one is simple: because we needed it.
Neither wandering on the -announce lists nor using a Maven plugin were very developer friendly...
We also make heavy use of the search.maven.org REST API provided by Sonatype. Thanks to them.
People at Smile, namely in alphabetical order:
- Sébastien Dot
- Stéphane Gleizes
- Renaud Joly
- Guillaume Smet
Contributors are welcome.