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Introduction to Apache Maven 2

Sing Li (westmakaha@yahoo.com), Author, Wrox Press
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Sing Li is a consultant and an active author with more than two decades of industry experience. He has contributed to Professional Apache Geronimo, Beginning JavaServer Pages, Professional Apache Tomcat 5, Pro JSP - Third Edition, Early Adopter JXTA, Professional Jini, Beginning J2ME: From Novice to Professional, Third Edition, Professional Apache Geronimo, and numerous other books. Sing also writes for technical magazines and participates in open source communities. He is an evangelist of the open source, VOIP, and P2P movements. You can reach Sing at westmakaha@yahoo.com.

Summary:  Modern software projects are no longer solely monolithic creations of single local project teams. With the increased availability of robust, enterprise-grade open source components, today's software projects require dynamic collaboration among project teams and often depend on a mix of globally created and maintained components. Now in its second generation, the Apache Maven build system -- unlike legacy build tools created before the Internet-enabled era of global software development -- was designed from the ground up to take on these modern challenges. This tutorial gets you started with Maven 2.

Date:  19 Dec 2006
Level:  Intermediate

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In this tutorial, you have:

  • Explored the models and motivations behind Maven 2's design
  • Gained an understanding of the all-important Maven POM
  • Observed how the Maven repository and coordinate system simplifies complex dependency management
  • Worked with Maven 2 for quick and simple projects
  • Learned how Maven 2 can help in larger, multimodule projects
  • Experimented with the Maven 2 Eclipse Plug-in
  • Had a first-hand look at how Maven 2 can facilitate part of your daily project build and source/binary management activities

As software-development collaboration evolves, so will Maven evolve and adapt to its needs. As the backbone build facility for most large open source projects, it is guaranteed to benefit from continuous suggestions for improvement from the developer communities.

Learning Maven 2 need not be difficult, once you understand its motivation and the challenges that it aims to overcome. As a build tool, Maven 2 is usable productively even by rank beginners developing projects in an isolated silo. Start using Maven 2 in your own development project or join one of the many open source development communities, and soon you too will be influencing the course toward which Maven 2 will evolve.

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