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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (25 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849512442
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849512442
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,541,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Srirangan is a passionate programmer with three years of freelance and five years of industry experience. He has been involved with projects in a wide array of technologies including Google App Engine, Python, Java, Adobe Flex, and PHP.He brings a unique approach to problem solving, design, and architecture with a focus on simplicity and effectiveness. Supplemented with a keen understanding of business, he brings an added perspective to his work. He specializes in the Defense, Aerospace, and Strategic sectors and has a never-ending passion for product innovation and development. He is a speaker at various technology events and is a keen follower of industry and technology.

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While there's nothing particularly bad, the problem with this book is that there's nothing particularly good. A collection of how-tos that are all pretty much identical, there's no deep insight here. The other review weren't here when I ordered the book (taken me a while to write a review) and I was looking for something that would show me how to get more out of Maven. All I really learned was how to apply the knowledge I already had in some similar circumstances; if I wanted to do any of the tasks in the book I would simply have Googled it. I would have expected this book to have something more than the answers I would find there, but there is no added value to be found.
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The book contains a good collection of recipes to start playing with Apache Maven, an Open Source build automation tool widely adopted, especially for JVM-based languages, such as Java, Scala, but also applicable to other languages, like PHP, Ruby and C#.
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

To read the full review please visit [...]
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The style of splitting the book into 50 recipes makes for a good format which is easy to read and breaks the book into small achievements for the reader.

Instead of focusing solely on how Maven is configured, the author tries to tie some of the subjects to software development practices e.g. covering Nexus and Hudson while explaining team collaboration. It serves the book well to put Maven into a development perspective, but it doesn't always fit with the recipe format. For instance in the Nexus case from above the "How it Work" section becomes more a "why it is good" section.

I like the fact that the book covers a wide range of different project types and topics. Many times when you read tutorials or other documentation only the simplest project types are covered leaving the reader to add plugins as needed. This book covers many project types and framework and some non-Java areas. It also covers things like setting up Nexus,Hudson, various IDEs. It even has a single chapter on plugin development.

In the first chapter the level of information in each recipe is appropriate, but as the chapters get more complex the level of information does not. This results in many of the recipes being too simplistic. A prime example the is set-up of remote repositories, it describes in great many screen shots how to install tomcat 7 and deploy nexus, but only has a single line of information on how to set-up the remote repository, plus only mentions (incorrectly) changing the settings.xml and not the required changes to the project object model. So it fails to help the reader define and use the remote repository possible leaving the reader with a broken set-up

This simplistic approach has another side effect.
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Format: Paperback
Gives a brief tour of maven and adds very little value to what could be accomplished with an hour of googling. Shame, I was hoping that some tough situations were covered and I could imbibe some hard maven experience from the author.

I will certainly be a lot more careful buying packt books in the future, they seem to spew out 'me-too' books like this.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8e537504) out of 5 stars 15 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dec409c) out of 5 stars Great Place To Start ! ! ! 13 May 2014
By ALEXANDER GILMOUR - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
If you don't know much about Apache Maven and want to get the basics down (and have some questions answered), then this is the book for you.

This book isn't for everyone though. Just like with any book.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9169f408) out of 5 stars Excellent for Newbies, though not a cookbook. 7 Feb. 2012
By Dave M - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a nice introduction to Maven, a good starting point to get a demonstration system up and running.
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e14139c) out of 5 stars Demonstrates a lot of functionality, covers lots of project types 21 April 2012
By Richard J. Wagner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is written in Packt's Cookbook style, which means it's broken into a series of task-oriented sections that describe how to accomplish some particular task. A general overview is provided for new users to Maven, it's not long but it has good content. I'm a moderately experienced Maven user and found that the book validated some things I thought I knew but was not sure of, and also introduced several feature I was not aware of. The bulk of the book consists of demonstrating the proper archetype to use for various project types and the associated tweaks you'll need to make after the project generation is completed. All things considered, this book rounded out my understanding of Maven and will be kept as a reference for some of the more esoteric project types.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8dfac4bc) out of 5 stars Hands off if you aren't complete Maven newbie 24 July 2012
By vrto - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I have been using Maven for a while and I only knew basic lifecycle commands and my daily work with Maven was "mvn clean install" and sometimes adding dependencies. So finally I thought that I should buy a proper book to understand what is Maven capable of and how does it actually work. Buying this book wasn't complete mistake, but it definitelly didn't provide valuable information for which I was looking for.

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.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e141480) out of 5 stars Book Review - Apache Maven 3 Cookbook 28 Oct. 2011
By Maurizio Pillitu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book contains a good collection of recipes to start playing with Apache Maven, an Open Source build automation tool widely adopted, especially for JVM-based languages, such as Java, Scala, but also applicable to other languages, like PHP, Ruby and C#.
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

To read the full review please visit [...]
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