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Managing Your Dependencies with JDepend (9 tags)
Attributes like scalability and maintainability are qualitative in nature and hard to quantify, even hard to know until your code fails. But by analyzing dependencies between packages, JDepend gives you a way to measure how well-architected your code is.

Managing Component Dependencies Using ClassLoaders (2 tags)
Use of the Class-Path entry within a JAR file's manifest can help you manage external dependencies--to a point. Once you start using multiple JARs that need incompatible versions of external JARs, problems quickly ensue. As Don Schwarz shows, you can get out of this problem by using your own class loader to manage the dependencies.