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Nov 12, 2019 in DevOps
Q: What is Maven?

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Nov 12, 2019

Maven is a build automation tool used primarily for Java projects. Maven addresses two

aspects of building software:

First: It describes how software is built

Second: It describes its dependencies.

Unlike earlier tools like Apache Ant, it uses conventions for the build procedure, and only

exceptions need to be written down.

An XML file describes the software project being built, its dependencies on other external

modules and components, the build order, directories, and required plug-ins.

It comes with pre-defined targets for performing certain well-defined tasks such as

compilation of code and its packaging.

Maven dynamically downloads Java libraries and Maven plug-ins from one or more

repositories such as the Maven 2 Central Repository, and stores them in a local cache.

This local cache of downloaded artifacts can also be updated with artifacts created by local

projects. Public repositories can also be updated.

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