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Ant: automating the process of building applications

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Everyone uses build tools. We have Make, GNU Make, Nmake, Jam, and many others. But Apache's Ant is different from typical build tools. Instead of using inherently evil shell-based commands, it's based on Java classes. Its use of XML for configuration files and architecture enables Ant's big advantages: simplicity, portability, and power. In this paper we have summarized Ant's most important features and a wealth of recommended practices.

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IEEE Software  (Volume:21 ,  Issue: 6 )