Ant: The Definitive Guide

Ant: The Definitive Guide

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by Steve Holzner
     
 

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Soon after its launch, Ant succeeded in taking the Java world by storm, becoming the most widely used tool for building applications in Java environments. Like most popular technologies, Ant quickly went through a series of early revision cycles. With each new version, more functionality was added, and more complexity was introduced. Ant evolved from a

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Soon after its launch, Ant succeeded in taking the Java world by storm, becoming the most widely used tool for building applications in Java environments. Like most popular technologies, Ant quickly went through a series of early revision cycles. With each new version, more functionality was added, and more complexity was introduced. Ant evolved from a simple-to-learn build tool into a full-fledged testing and deployment environment.Ant: The Definitive Guide has been reworked, revised and expanded upon to reflect this evolution. It documents the new ways that Ant is being applied, as well as the array of optional tasks that Ant supports. In fact, this new second edition covers everything about this extraordinary build management tool from downloading and installing, to using Ant to test code. Here are just of a few of the features you'll find detailed in this comprehensive, must-have guide:

  • Developing conditional builds, and handling error conditions
  • Automatically retrieving source code from version control systems
  • Using Ant with XML files
  • Using Ant with JavaServer Pages to build Web applications
  • Using Ant with Enterprise JavaBeans to build enterprise applications
Far exceeding its predecessor in terms of information and detail, Ant: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition is a must-have for Java developers unfamiliar with the latest advancements in Ant technology. With this book at your side, you'll soon be up to speed on the premiere tool for cross-platform development.Author Steve Holzner is an award-winning author who s been writing about Java topics since the language first appeared; his books have sold more than 1.5 million copies worldwide.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780596552534
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/13/2005
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
File size:
3 MB

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Steve Holzner is an award-winning author who has been writing about Java topics since Java first appeared. He's a former PC Magazine contributing editor, and his many books have been translated into 18 languages around the world. His books sold more than 1.5 million copies, and many of his bestsellers have been on Java. Steve graduated from MIT and got his PhD at Cornell; he's been a very popular member of the faculty at both MIT and Cornell, teaching thousands of students over the years and earning an average student evaluation over 4.9 out of 5.0. He also runs his own software company and teaches week-long classes to corporate programmers on Java around the country.

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In the Java world, Ant is perhaps the most popular program for building applications. If you came to Java from a C/C++/unix background, as most of us did, then you've used make. Which can certainly still be used for Java apps. But the book shows how Ant has carried the idea further. Notably in its use of XML files for control. This lets Ant key off the tremendous expressive flexibility of XML. So useful is the idea that about half the book seems to cite XML examples. The book also goes into integration of Ant with other utilities. Like CVS depots for version control. And for testing builds in an automated manner, Ant can easily work with JUnit. It may well be that the integration explanations are the most useful parts of the book, for they go well beyond simple, standalone usages of Ant.