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Maven: The Definitive Guide--New from O'Reilly: All you need to know, from ideation to deployment

Press release: October 9, 2008

Maven: The Definitive Guide Sebastopol, CA—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.

Maven: The Definitive Guide (O'Reilly, US $34.99) serves as both an introduction and a comprehensive reference for Apache Maven, the tool that will transform the way an organization builds and manages application development. Written by members of Sonatype's engineering team—including Jason van Zyl, the creator of the Maven central repository—the book explains why Maven is replacing Ant as the tool of choice, not just for open source Java projects, but for applications in many other languages, including Scala, Ruby, and Groovy. The book also provides the first in-depth overview of Maven 2.

Tim O'Brien, the primary contributor to the book, notes that while Maven's online documentation has been improving over time, it still has some frustrating gaps, despite the best efforts of many: "It will bring you far enough along to solving your problem and abandon you just when you needed it most," says O'Brien. "Sonatype recognized the need for a definitive, well-written reference book engineered for both novice and veteran Maven users. What Sonatype has tried to do with Maven: The Definitive Guide is assemble a vast amount of introductory and reference material in a single book with a clear and concise writing style. My goal was concise writing." O'Brien is online editor of O'Reilly News and author of three other O'Reilly titles: Harnessing Hibernate, Maven: A Developer's Notebook, and Jakarta Commons Cookbook.

O'Brien points out that Maven is a highly modular open source community with a sizable team of core committers and hundreds of plugin developers scattered throughout the world. With contributions coming from such diverse sources, it's difficult to create documentation with a single style and clarity, without the feedback and support that a publisher like O'Reilly can provide.

"There has been a great deal of criticism thrown at Maven over the past few years, and I've been party to some of that criticism. At the root of much of this criticism is a lack of understanding, an inability to use Maven not due to lack of capability but due to lack of documentation," says O'Brien. "I have often said that Maven's adoption has been limited by poorly executed and frustrating documentation, but with the release of this book, that criticism is no longer valid. There will always be more work to do, and Sonatype is committed to continuing to invest in critically important documentation efforts. We've created the reference that will serve as a foundation for future community growth, and this was only possible because of the support of Jason van Zyl at Sonatype and Mike Loukides at O'Reilly Media."

The first half of this book introduces Maven by example, with a series of real-world, multi-module applications that can be used as templates. The second half serves as a reference to a wide range of topics, teaching readers how to:

  • Get started with Maven
  • Understand the Project Object Model (POM)
  • Integrate Maven with Eclipse
  • Master advanced dependency management
  • Use the Nexus repository manager
  • Integrate Maven with Spring and Hibernate
  • Write and use Maven plugins
  • Generate a project website
  • Customize a build with properties
  • Use build profiles and profile activation
  • Create and use Maven assemblies
  • Develop with Maven archetypes

Written for the new user and veteran alike, Maven: The Definitive Guide is the perfect guide to managing development projects for software, web applications, and enterprise applications.

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Maven: The Definitive Guide

ISBN: 9780596517335, 468 pages, Book Price: $34.99 USD, £21.99 GBP
PDF Price: $27.99 USD

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