Ant in Action: Covers Ant 1.7 by Steve Loughran

By Steve Loughran

This moment version of a Manning bestseller has been revised and re-titled to slot the 'In motion' sequence by means of Steve Loughran, an Ant venture committer. Ant in Action introduces Ant and the way to exploit it for test-driven Java program improvement. Ant itself is relocating to v1.7, an important revision, on the finish of 2006 so the timing for the booklet is true. A unmarried software of accelerating complexity, through the ebook, indicates how an software evolves and the way to deal with the issues of establishing and checking out. Reviewers have praised the book's insurance of large-projects, Ant's complex positive aspects, and the main points and intensity of the discussion-all unavailable elsewhere.

this can be a significant revision with the second one 1/2 the publication thoroughly new, including:

  • How to control vast initiatives
  • Library administration
  • Enterprise Java
  • Continuous integration
  • Deployment
  • Writing new Ant initiatives and datatypes

buy of the print publication comes with a proposal of a unfastened PDF, ePub, and Kindle book from Manning. additionally on hand is all code from the book.

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If you’re just starting out writing some code, it’s easier to stay in the IDEs, using the IDE to set up your classpath, to build, and to run tests. You can certainly start off a project that way, but as soon as you want HTML test reports, packaging, and distribution, you’ll need Ant. It’s good to start work on the build process early, rather than try to live in the IDE forever. 5 ALTERNATIVES TO ANT Ant is not the only build tool available. How does it fare in comparison to its competition and predecessors?

Once a project starts to diverge from the templates the Maven team have provided, however, you end up looking behind the curtains and having to fix the underpinnings. That transition from “Maven user” to “plugin maintainer” can be pretty painful, by all accounts. Still, Maven does have some long-term potential and it’s worth keeping an eye on, but in our experience it has a hard time building Java projects with complex stages in the build process. To be fair, building very large, very complex Java projects is hard with any tool.

Using an Ant-enabled IDE allows you to have the best of both worlds. Appendix C details the integration available in several of the popular IDEs. What we do not have in this edition is a quick reference to the Ant tasks. When you install Ant, you get an up-to-date copy of the documentation, which includes a reference of all Ant’s tasks and types. Bookmark this documentation in your browser, as it is invaluable. org/. com/loughran. You’ll find links to the source and the author forum plus some extra content that isn’t in the book, including a couple of chapters from the previous edition and a bibliography with links.

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