Thursday, October 13, 2005

The Maven Advantage: Review: "A Developer's Notebook"

The Maven framework enables project teams to organize, configure, and collaborate effectively.
"A developer's Notebook" is an excellent resource to understand multiple perspecitves of Maven.
Along with insights on how to develop and organize projects using Maven, the book skillfully discusses the current status of the Maven project(Maven 1 and Maven 2), Key differences and relationships beetween Ant and Maven(yes, they do not compete but collaborate), the short and longterm benefits of using Maven, details on how over 30 plugins tie together with Maven(such as Cruisecontrol, XDoc, Multiproject, Checkstyle, Findbugs, File-Activity, Site, Test, Artifact, Developer-Activity, Clover, and many more).
And there-in lies the power of Maven. The ability to bind multiple plug-ins to create a comprehensive, repeatable, and reusable team and project collaboration environment.

What I really enjoyed in reading this book, is the writing style and the format of the book. It is precise, yet insightful. The authors openly discuss things that should and should not be done to use the benefits of Maven. Multiple cases elaborate how to perform and extend goals with Maven. If you are looking for a practical guide to get upto speed or excel in Maven projects, this is a must read.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0596007507/103-6054620-1895828?v=glance&n=283155&n=507846&s=books&v=glance

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