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. Ant can be configured to compile
your java source code files, build your deployment
JAR and WAR files, unit-test code and create
projects javadoc documentation.
1.6.0 adds a lot of new features, most prominently
support for XML namespaces as well as a new
concept of Ant libraries that makes use of namespaces
to avoid name clashes of custom tasks.
IN Java, USING Java, and FOR Java
Supports Java Tools (javac, javadoc,
Build File is Easier to Build, Read,
and Maintain than MAKE file
Easier to Extend
Cross Platform Java Development
Ant is much faster than using MAKE ?
Each command is a new process
Ant runs within the JVM
Each command is executed from within
Tools like javac are new threads – not
Compiling large number of java source
files is MUCH,MUCH faster with Ant
Ant's Debug Options are very helpful
XML much easier to read than MAKEFILE
User does not need to know all command
line interface options to tools that
can be called programmatically
Even OS-Specific commands can be setup
in 'TaskDefs' and/or included from other