After reading Chapter 2, you should be up and running with Maven. If someone throws a Maven project at you, you’ll know how to use the basic features of Maven: creating a project, compiling a project, testing a project, and packaging a project. By learning how to build a Maven project, you have gained access to every single project using Maven. You’ve learned a new language and you’ve taken Maven for a test drive.
You should also have some insight into how Maven handles dependencies and provides an avenue for customization using Maven plugins. In eighteen pages, you’ve seen how you can use Maven to build your project. If you were looking for just a build tool, you could stop reading this book now, although you might want to refer to the next chapter for more information about customizing your build to fit your project’s unique needs.
If you are interested in learning how Maven builds upon the concepts described in the Introduction and obtaining a deeper working knowledge of the tools introduced in Chapter 2, read on. The next few chapters provide you with the how-to guidelines to customize Maven’s behavior and use Maven to manage interdependent software projects.