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Apache Maven 2 Effective Implementation by Maria Odea Ching, Brett Porter

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Distributing the application

We now come to the last step in the process of assembling an application producing the final distribution. This is the process that takes everything that we build and gets it into the hands of our users whether it is customers using a software product, or system administrators that deploy the application into a production environment.

In our example, we have a web application that we have already built. In some environments, that may well be enough all by itself. The web application can be deployed to a Maven repository and the version is always available for others to retrieve it and deploy it to an application server. The other artifacts of the application are also deployed, such as the Java libraries, and the documentation ...

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