I already mentioned earlier, maven is just a framework of plugins. This article talks about the essential maven plugins, handy for every developer. There are Maven plugins for almost every task. Make sure you have read my previous article on Maven plugins in-depth. In Effective Pom, I showed you that by default there are several maven plugins that get inherited [...]
Maven at its core is a plugin execution framework. All work is done by plugins. Looking for a specific goal to execute? This page lists the core plugins and others. In this section, you will learn what are maven plugins, how to use and configure them.