Tuesday, November 29, 2005

 

Ant = The tool I couldn't live without

Having an repeatable and stable build process for whatever you are developing in is an elementrary requirement. Ant is the greaset tool for Java devlopment. Before I had to use shell scripts and obviouly they weren't easy to move from Windows to Unix. I swithed to Ant many years ago and use it daily. So much so I take it for granted. Not only do I use it for building but it also deploys app and runs JUnit tests. For me I just alt-tab to the gnome terminal and press the up arrow and wala: My app is built test and deployed in about 40 seconds. If the software community had a Nobel prize type thing then the inventors of Ant should get it.

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