What is Maven ?

Apache Maven is a software project management and comprehension tool. Based on the concept of a project object model (POM), Maven can manage a project’s build, reporting and documentation from a central piece of information.

Maven was originally designed to simplify building processes in Jakarta Turbine project. There were several projects and each project contained slightly different ANT build files. JARs were checked into CVS.

Apache group then developed Maven which can build multiple projects together, publish projects information, deploy projects, share JARs across several projects and help in collaboration of teams.

Maven is dependency management tool: Dependency management is one of the features of Maven that is best known to users and is one of the areas where Maven excels

Objectives of Maven

  • Make the development process visible or transparent
  • Provide an easy way to see the health and status of a project
  • Decreasing training time for new developers
  • Bringing together the tools required in a uniform way
  • Preventing inconsistent setups
  • Providing a standard development infrastructure across projects

Project Object Model (pom.xml)

A Project Object Model or POM is the fundamental unit of work in Maven. It is an XML file that contains information about the project and configuration details used by Maven to build the project. It contains default values for most projects.