Maven: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: September 2008
Pages: 470

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.

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    4.0

    Some errors, but still a lot of informat

    By Denis

    from Montreal, QC

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    • Accurate

    Cons

    • Too many errors

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    • Intermediate
    • Novice

    Comments about oreilly Maven: The Definitive Guide:

    I've read a few books on Maven, but this one, altough it contains some mistakes in the examples, is full of good information about Maven. I recommend it to anyone who is new to Maven.

    (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Non existant code examples = #epicfail

    By etothepii

    from London, UK

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    • Easy to understand

    Cons

    • Too many errors

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    Comments about oreilly Maven: The Definitive Guide:

    I really wish I could gove this book 4 stars. It is a great book but the links to the code don't work and frankly I've got better things to do than copy slightly broken code examples from my iPad to my laptop via email.

    If you fix the links I'll give this book 4 stars but as you responded to someone else over 15 months ago saying you were working on it. I suspect you won't. A total and utter #epicfail

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    3.0

    To the point

    By thejartender (The Jar Bar).

    from Borgund, Norway

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    • Easy to understand
    • Helpful examples

    Cons

    • Not comprehensive enough
    • Too basic

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    Comments about oreilly Maven: The Definitive Guide:

    For a big chunky book, it's average. This book contains about just enough info to demonstrate a simple build, but fails to present a complex example for a JEE application.

    Short on examples.

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    2.0

    Book ok, links and software SUCKS!

    By Greg

    from Seattle, Wa

    About Me Developer, Sys Admin

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        Comments about oreilly Maven: The Definitive Guide:

        I purchased this book to learn more about Maven. I have 20+ years experience with SCM and build tools. So I've been trying to follow the examples.

        I found the software examples horrible simply because the links to the downloadable content are *ALL* *WRONG*. They point to sonatype.org - who wrote the book but perhaps OReilly pissed them off because none of the links work anymore.

        I want to lean how to use MAVEN - not how to find missing examples and eclipse plugins on the Oreilly site or elsewhere.

        Other than that - the book was pretty good.

         
        5.0

        Everything I wanted and more

        By Dirk Gently

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        Comments about oreilly Maven: The Definitive Guide:

        This book simply did a top-notch job of getting me familiar with Maven and then showing me the right way to use it effectively. It was not only smart in its organization but so well-written and illustrated with excellent examples that it made me *want* to use Maven immediately.

        In other words, if you've gotten this far, just buy the book. It's a really good one.

        (13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Good book but full of code errors

        By Mustang

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        Comments about oreilly Maven: The Definitive Guide:

        Approach: 5 stars

        Examples: 5 stars

        Material: 5 stars

        Code quality: 1 star

        Loss of time due to fixing stupid errors: -2 stars

        The book really deserves much better but I'm VERY glad that I did not pay for that. Because it took me a lot of time trying to work the examples out. The book is available online at the company's site as well as Safari. I'd really be disappointed if I bought this book in print.

        My point is simple. I want to learn maven. I want to be able to get deep. So while reading the books examples, I avoid using an IDE.

        What happens when you don't use an IDE and use an editor instead? You don't get feedback on syntax errors, type checing errors package names etc.

        Well I want to learn Maven not java. I know java. I expect the sample code to work. So I copy and paste the code. That's where the problems starts.

        There are so many errors even in simple pom.xml snippets.

        How could you miss closing tags in a 5 line XML?

        Bottomline, material is good, code quality is lousy. I wouldn't expect this from an O'Reilly book.

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome resource

        By Anonymous

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        Comments about oreilly Maven: The Definitive Guide:

        Very helpful, this book pretty much answers all of my questions about Maven. Thanks for making so much of it openly available as well.

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