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Ant (an introduction)

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by , 11-19-2011 at 04:54 PM (526 Views)
Ant is an open source software written in Java language. This is an Apache product. Ant is cross platform and portable. Ant is similar to make utility. It is used to automate software build processes to essentially build Java projects. However, at the same time it should be remembered that Ant is not a programming language. Ant uses XML to describe build processes. This XML file is called as build.xml.


Ant can compile source code as well as Ant can package compiled source code and resources into jars, wars, ears etc. In addition to that Ant can do several other things. Ant can handle dependencies between targets. For any unique problem, Ant extensions can easily be written.

Ant Tasks

Archive Tasks
Audit/Coverage Tasks
Compile Tasks
Deployment Tasks
Documentation Tasks
EJB Tasks
Execution Tasks
File Tasks
Java2 Extensions Tasks
Logging Tasks
Mail Tasks
Miscellaneous Tasks
.NET Tasks
Pre-process Tasks
Property Tasks
Remote Tasks
SCM Tasks
Testing Tasks
Visual Age for Java Tasks

In addition to this there are also several External Tools and Tasks.

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