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Apache Maven 3 Cookbook (Quick Answers to Common Problems) Paperback – August 25, 2011
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For anything more serious though, the Maven documentation is where you need to go.
As an introduction to Maven for Newbies, it's a 4 star.
As a Cookbook though, it's a 1 start.
This book isn't for everyone though. Just like with any book.
If you're thinking about this book, bear in mind that it is for the absolute maven newbies. If you understand Maven at least a bit, you're fine with google and reference documentation when needed.
The most annoying thing about this book is its verbosity. It keeps wasting pages on absolutly trivial stuff - like downloading IDE where to click and so on. Book also tried to cove ther very basic (and very easily googleable) information about integrating with common technologies like Spring, Android, GWT, Java EE etc. I prefer when product vendors provide information about Maven integration, not when Maven book is trying to cover all possible frameworks and show only hello world examples. This verbosity I am mentioning added a lot of pages to the book and made it look reasonably sized. But most of this size is just fat that you're probably not inrested into.
As for Kindle version, formatting sucked and XML codes (which is like third of this book) weren't indented properly.
The book is targeted for Software Developers who want to start with Maven, therefore it is important to have a generic knowledge about Software Development and the challenges that need to be tackled when building Software; the definition of Application Lifecycle Management is good reading to start.
It is highly advised to follow this book with a laptop close to you, having a working installation of Maven 3.0.x; the first chapter of this book will guide you through the process.
Maven 3 Cookbook is a great contribution to the Maven Community and I am happy to have it reviewed; it does not cover everything for sure, but gives you a very quick start on Maven and remarks what are the most important aspects of a software lifecycle providing simple examples; it is definitely a nice reading for someone that has never used Maven.
From a general perspective, the book is well written, it provides a clear chapter structure and a high readability; the Maven archetypes provided by Packt are very useful and save a lot of time copy/pasting code if you want to run the examples.
The Maven expert could get a bit bored with this reading, although there are some very nice considerations and snippets, especially on Chapter 3, 4 and 6.
Although the book covers and amazing amount of topics, yet being able to keep it simple and readable, some important topics are missing; I strongly advise to deepen your Maven know-how reading also
* Maven: The Complete Reference
* Maven by Example
* Maven Cookbook
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It could be used to help u get started that's all it can do.
I have no idea of Maven at all, and this book definitively doesn't help: the descriptions of the "recipes" are direct to solve specific problems when using maven could arise.
However it could be a good book when you have certain knowledge of Maven and you need help for specific tasks.
The beginning was a bit repetitive. The how to install for Windows/Mac/etc repeat pieces instead of having one section and showing the differences.
The cookbook recipes show common things you'll start with - building different types, a Spring app, etc. It even shows Google app engine. The book also includes tools like coding standards. The author says codings standards tools help "lesser experienced programmers adhere to standards expected of them." Hmm. Experienced folks need standards too. Can't remember everything!
That would be only complaint. The book shows so many different things, there isn't room for depth. I have concerns about the depth of the Sonatype book too though so I can hardly hold it against the Packt book. (I'd like links to references on where plugin variables and the like are stored.)
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing this review on behalf of CodeRanch.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
- most of the book is just copied from maven doc's.
- pads out the pages with useless examples
- get 'Maven the definitive guide' -it's much much much better, written by... Read more
This book definitively is not for beginners.
I have no idea of Maven at all, and this book definitively doesn't help: the descriptions of the "recipes" are... Read more
Here is the summary: this book is a waste of time. Do not buy it. $39? - you must be kidding me. It does not worth a 50 cents. Read morePublished on January 15, 2012 by John Morgan
This book is much worse than standard maven documentation so it would be a good idea to read it instead of buying the book.Published on January 8, 2012 by Konstantin Solomatov