Ant Developer's Handbook by Alan Williamson, Andrew Wu, Joey Gibson, Kirk Pepperdine

By Alan Williamson, Andrew Wu, Joey Gibson, Kirk Pepperdine

Ant has emerged because the most popular development device for Java builders, automating tedious compilation, attempt, and code administration. Many Java builders are conscious of Ant yet there's little documentation to aid in getting begun with the Ant instrument. Even skilled builders who already use many of the good points of the Ant instrument, fight with the extra complicated facets. This ebook will teach these builders in Ant's extra complicated themes, and aid them get extra out of the software. The Ant Developer's guide starts off with a swift advent to acquiring, fitting, and configuring Ant and covers all significant characteristic units and use practices. Ant is a cross-platform construct and configuration administration software. it really is written in Java, and makes use of XML as its dossier structure, thereby permitting complete improvement groups to percentage Ant construct records, whatever the working method every one developer is utilizing. Ant can practice approximately any universal configuration administration functionality, together with: * compiling software resource code * operating try out suites and construction archive documents * moving/copying records to server machines * interacting with resource keep watch over systemsConfiguration administration (CM) maintains to stay an important hassle within the software program improvement enviornment. This has been rather glaring with Java. As venture groups mature and notice that they want CM, they've been turning to Ant as a device to fill their CM wishes. Ant Developer's guide is necessary because it addresses the "how to" hole that's at the moment now not lined by way of the other set of documentation. This "how to" details should be vital for improvement groups as they try to use Ant in industrial-strength environments.

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Class file that are constants (public static final …), and 52 53 outputs those lines as key-value pairs. 35 shows an example of this. Note that for this FilterReader to work, you must have the Jakarta BCEL package. Also, if you built Ant from source, you must have had the Jakarta BCEL package in your class path at the time of the build. txt"/> ExpandProperties The ExpandProperties filter expands any Ant properties that are contained in the data it is processing with values that it knows about.

The and tags both take an src attribute that specifies a file containing patterns to match with. Specifying your patterns in the build file itself seems to be far more common. All four of these nested elements have if and unless attributes that can be used to keep them from executing if a certain property is not present, or unless a particular property is present. As you'll see, PatternSets are implicitly contained within several other tags. 48 49 It should be noted that each of those four nested tags of PatternSet (and FileSet, and so on) can also be specified as attributes rather than nested elements.

Xml that can serve as the basis for future projects. [ Team LiB ] [ Team LiB ] 37 38 Chapter 3. Global Concepts We'll begin this chapter with a description of a standard development directory structure. We'll show you what is generally used for different types of projects and explain why you should consider adopting it for your own projects. Note What we'll be showing you is a common structure, but there are other layouts that you may choose to use. Ant makes it easy to work with just about any layout you can dream up.

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