The book is divided to nine chapters:
Maven installation and environment settings. Generating, compiling and testing simple project. POM structure, build lifecycle and profiles.
- software engineering techniques
Modularization, dependency management, static code analysis, JUnit, Selenium.
- agile team collaboration
Nexus, Hudson, version control, offline mode.
- reporting and documentation
Mvn site, javadocs, test and code quality reports, dahsboard.
- Java development
Building and running web application (jetty), JEE, Spring, Hibernate, Seam.
- Google development
Android, GWT, App Engine.
- Scala, Groovy and Flex
- IDE integration
Eclipse, NetBeans, Intellij IDEA
- extending Maven
plugin development basics
It is not so much about Maven as I expected, and says nothing about what is new in Maven 3. It should be exhaustive at least in the purely Maven parts, but even there is not enough information to make me happy. I would expect a description of template languages in the part dedicated to site plugin.
If you like puzzles and do not mind to use internet to search for missing pieces or you just cannot recall some setting covered in the book, you will like the book. It can also be used as a good starting point to show what tools, frameworks or languages can be used from/with Maven - do you like Maven and wanted to try GWT or Scala ? The book helps to lower entrance barrier by providing examples how to get working "playground" project in no time.
Would I buy it ? No. My bookcase has limited capacity and since the necessity to use internet to fill the gaps or correct bugs (although not many) in the book, I will be better with the online sources only.