Ant is a Java based build tool, similar to make, but with better support for the cross platform issues involved with developing Java applications. Ant is the build tool of choice for all Java projects at Apache and many other Open Source Java projects.

Changes:
Zip64 extensions are now disabled by default. Loading of external dependencies was fixed in JUnit tasks. JUnitreport default stylesheets are now compatible with JDK 1.7. Upgrading to jsch 0.1.50 is recommended for users of the SSH/SCP tasks under Java 1.7. "if" and "unless" XML namespaces were introducted, making it possible to put conditions on all tasks and nested elements. Bugs were fixed

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Apache Ant – Freecode