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Maven: The Definitive Guide

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  17 reviews
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 Gu
Paperback, 437 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by O'Reilly Media (first published August 12th 2008)
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May 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: most of the people I work with
This book provides a welcome update to the Maven Developers Notebook from a few years back. This is clearly the work of a wide variety of authors (although Goodreads has Tim O'Brien as the author, the cover says "Sonatype"), but Tim did a great job of merging the various voices so that it wasn't so obvious (unless you read the introduction).

Maven's a great tool and capturing all the information surrounding it isn't really possible - there are too many plugins, corner cases, and usage patterns. B
Oct 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Overall pretty good.
Good for beginners.
Can be used as a reference

I thought there was some redundancy in the book sometimes. It seems to be because this book is made of three other smaller books or so (hence it reintroduces some concepts sometimes). No big deal anyway, redundant paragraph can be skipped...

Warning: This book is NOT up to date. This was not mentioned anywhere on the book description when buying it which I found annoying. Especially when we could have been pointed to an online versi
Feb 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
My rating of 2 stars is not a good a reflection of the quality of the book. I actually thought it was quite thorough and well written. It's much more a reflection of the ratings being "it was ok" and "liked it." I am continually floored by the complexity of Maven, and so this is more an indictment of the tool than it is of the definitive guide to the use of the tool. As a result I can't say that I liked the book, it was just ok. ...more
Oct 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
If you find yourself using Maven in your day to day work, or you're even thinking about it, this should be an essential addition to your library.

Why? Because in short, the documentation for this astonishingly complex tool falls short of the mark in a number of areas, and this book will fill those gaps as well as provide the necessary modicum of hand holding to get you up and running productively in a very short while.

It's also a much better and more comprehensive reference to Maven's features th
Jeanne Boyarsky
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: technology
The beginning half of the book goes into what i feel is an excessive amount of detail on developing a web app. The rest of the book was great. It documented a lot of the "unstated conventions" that I've had trouble finding. There are tips and an emphasis on understanding. Not just Maven magic.

I was torn on whether to buy a 4 year old book on an open source technologies. But it is the best book I've read on the topic. Even better than "Better Builds with Maven." I borrowed my teammates copy of "M
Jun 18, 2009 rated it liked it
The stuff I have to read for work!

To be fair - Maven is a very interesting approach to automating important aspects of project - It's much much more than an ANT or MAKE on steriods.

The whole recursive dependency management if important.

It would appear to be a 'must understand' if you're dealing with many of the more modern FOSS Java frameworks such as Apache ServiceMix or uPortal

It's not the best read but it is "The definitive guide"
Sep 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Useful reference if you are installing and learning maven (which is a decent way of managing dependencies on larger Java projects with many collaborators, e.g. Apache)
Valeri Dmg
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book for Maven for intermediate level
Jul 25, 2013 rated it liked it
A must read when you are working with Maven. I think Google-ling for solutions when Maven related issues arise is counter-productive.
Apr 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: java-jvm
Reference. Just enough details.
Feb 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
First rate and very complete. Unless you are really going beyond ordinary maven functionality you probably don't need this book. Maven is really very easy to use. ...more
Dec 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
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A well written introductory and technical reference on the subject.
Alex Ott
May 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Very good introduction into Maven, including basic reference for main topics
Oct 04, 2012 rated it liked it
The book was fine, it's Maven that's the problem. ...more
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quite good, first part is really narrative, second is a reference
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