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Building J2EE Projects with Maven (18 tags)
Vincent Massol offers some real-life experience building J2EE applications with Maven. Using the example of a Petstore app, Massol shows you how to generate J2EE artifacts (EJB JARs, WARs, EARs) with Maven. He is coauthor of Maven: A Developer's Notebook.

Developing with Maven (8 tags)
By knowing what developers want in a build tool, Maven hopes to unseat Ant as the favorite build tool of Java developers. Rob Herbst looks at Maven's most compelling features.

An Ant Modular Build Environment for Enterprise Applications (6 tags)
Most Java developers already use Ant for their builds, but are you getting everything you could out of this tool? With a complex enterprise application, in which classes may be used in several tiers, it's important to control where the code lives and how it gets built, so you can build .jars with just the code needed for each tier. Les Hazlewood shows how this approach leads to faster builds and downloads, and even catches errant dependencies.

Getting Started with Maven (6 tags)
In this excerpt from Maven: A Developer's Notebook, authors Vincent Massol and Timothy M. O'Brien show you how to install and start working with Maven, the do-it-all Java project builder/manager.

Top 15 Ant Best Practices (4 tags)
Nearly every open source Java project now uses Ant. The widespread use of Ant in these projects has naturally led to an increased need for a set of well-established best practices. Eric M. Burke, coauthor of Java Extreme Programming Cookbook and Ant: The Definitive Guide, offers his 15 best practices for using Ant and for writing well-crafted Ant buildfiles. These tips were inspired by his own mistakes on previous projects, or from horror stories relayed to him from other developers.