Screencast: Maven - Generating a Basic Project
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This screencast shows you how to get started with Apache Maven. First it points you to the Maven download and installation instructions. Then it shows you how to verify that Maven was installed. After that, the screencast walks through the generation of a basic project using the archetype:generate goal. The screencast concludes by taking a look at the generated directory structure and examining the contents of the pom.xml (Project Object Model) file.
Check back for a follow-up screencast that will walk through the basics of the Maven lifecycle and will show you how to build, test, and generate documentation and reports for the application generated in this screencast. You can find all of my screencasts on my Screencasts page which is linked off the top-level navigation for the site.