Maven by Example

8.2. POM Cleanup

Optimizing a multimodule project’s POM is best done in several passes, as there are many areas to focus on. In general, we are looking for repetition within a POM and across the sibling POMs. When you are starting out, or when a project is still evolving rapidly, it is acceptable to duplicate some dependencies and plugin configurations here and there, but as the project matures and as the number of modules increases, you will want to take some time to refactor common dependencies and configuration points. Making your POMs more efficient will go a long way to helping you manage complexity as your project grows. Whenever there is duplication of some piece of information, there is usually a better way.