Maven for building projects

Almost every developer uses an IDE, but a build management tool is probably the second most common tool. Maven is the de facto standard build tool in open source software projects and its features can prove to be a great asset for creating stable and reproducible builds on other projects as well. This course introduces you to the basic concepts and terminology, it teaches you how to build simple projects as well as multi-module projects and it briefly discusses how you can extend the build process with your own Maven plugins.


No public sessions are currently scheduled. We will be pleased to set up an on-site course or to schedule an extra public session (in case of a sufficient number of candidates). Interested? Please let us know.

Intended for

Java developers and architects who want to start using Maven to automate their build processes.


Participants need to be able to work with XML (see course XML fundamentals course) and have some basic Java development skills (see course Java programming).

Main topics

  • Maven and build management concepts
  • Maven terminology: POM, local repository, build lifecycle, plugin, ...
  • Comparing Maven to other build tools (Ant, Make, ...)
  • Getting started with Maven
  • Installing Maven
  • First steps with Maven: Creating a simple pom, configuring plugins and adding unit tests
  • Working with common Maven plugins
  • Basic plugins: surefire, javadoc, site, ...
  • Maven archetypes
  • Integration with your IDE: Eclipse
  • Multi-module builds
  • Artifact types: jar, war, pom, bundle, ...
  • POM inheritance
  • Extending Maven
  • Writing and using a new Maven plugin

Training method

Classical instruction with exercises.


1 day.

Course leader

Sandy Schillebeeckx, anova.

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