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The Apache Ant presents certain characteristics that seem to make it suitable as a workflow language and engine. Features such as native dependency structured build targets make it easy to write declarative dependency-based workflows. We propose a framework enabling Ant build files (and its specifications) to be used as workflow scripts. Features like being semi structured and having standard specification make it easy to create, parse and render the workflow scripts. Sometimes workflow scripts need to be used repeatedly with a little change, framework enables reusable scripts to be created, stored and edited for later use. This allows sharing and dynamic modifications of workflows between multiple participants. The framework is composed of web-based interactive admin and user tools enabling creation and invocation of workflow templates and corresponding scripts.
Date of Conference: 10-11 Sept. 2010