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For too long, developers have worked on disorganized application projects, where every part seemed to have its own build system, and no common repository existed for information about the state of the project. Now there's help. The long-awaited official documentation to Maven is here.

Written by Maven creator Jason Van Zyl and his team at Sonatype, Maven: The Definitive Guide clearly explains how this tool can bring order to your software development projects. Maven is largely replacing Ant as the build tool of choice for large open source Java projects because, unlike Ant, Maven is also a project management tool that can run reports, generate a project website, and facilitate communication among members of a working team.

To use Maven, everything you need to know is in this guide. The first part demonstrates the tool's capabilities through the development, from ideation to deployment, of several sample applications -- a simple software development project, a simple web application, a multi-module project, and a multi-module enterprise project.

The second part offers a complete reference guide that includes:

  • The POM and Project Relationships
  • The Build Lifecycle
  • Plugins
  • Project website generation
  • Advanced site generation
  • Reporting
  • Properties
  • Build Profiles
  • The Maven Repository
  • Team Collaboration
  • Writing Plugins
  • IDEs such as Eclipse, IntelliJ, ands NetBeans
  • Using and creating assemblies
  • Developing with Maven Archetypes

Several sources for Maven have appeared online for some time, but nothing served as an introduction and comprehensive reference guide to this tool -- until now. Maven: The Definitive Guide is the ideal book to help you manage development projects for software, web applications, and enterprise applications. And it comes straight from the source.

Published: O'Reilly Media, Inc. on Dec 1, 2008
ISBN: 9780596156039
List price: $27.99
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Good explanation of what's going on in Maven. Code samples are horrible unfinished. Many won't work without some tweaking. You can get the code samples either from downloading the sample code as a whole zip file archive, or you can get each example on a case by case basis with the maven archetype plugin. The book recommends that you use the archetype, but the code generated by the archetype is the broken code. I'm not sure, but I think you can generally fix the broken code produced by the archetype by comparing it to the code from the archive.The solution is not to avoid the use of the archetype -- that is a core tool to learn for using maven. The solution is to just fix them each time. No fun, but a not without out learning opportunities. Again, the book is well written and provides a good introduction to a key Java developers tool. It's unfortunate the sample code doesn't work out of the box.read more
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Good explanation of what's going on in Maven. Code samples are horrible unfinished. Many won't work without some tweaking. You can get the code samples either from downloading the sample code as a whole zip file archive, or you can get each example on a case by case basis with the maven archetype plugin. The book recommends that you use the archetype, but the code generated by the archetype is the broken code. I'm not sure, but I think you can generally fix the broken code produced by the archetype by comparing it to the code from the archive.The solution is not to avoid the use of the archetype -- that is a core tool to learn for using maven. The solution is to just fix them each time. No fun, but a not without out learning opportunities. Again, the book is well written and provides a good introduction to a key Java developers tool. It's unfortunate the sample code doesn't work out of the box.
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