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Ant 1.7.0 Available

( December 19, 2006)
Apache Ant 1.7.0 is now available for download.
#  introduces a resource framework. Some of the core ant tasks such as <copy/> are now able to process not only file system resources but also zip entries, tar entries, paths, ... Resource collections group resources, and can be further combined with operators such as union and intersection. This can be extended by custom resources and custom tasks using resources.
# starts outsourcing of optional tasks to Antlibs. The .NET antlib in preparation will replace the .NET optional tasks which ship in Ant. Support for the version control system Subversion will be only provided as an antlib to be released shortly. 
# has some initial support for Java6 features.

 

Keep an Eye On Virtual Ant
Virtual Ant provides a GUI which provides a full macro recording mechanism for building Ant configuration files. The GUI allows you to specify operations and their orders, and builds the project file based on what you do. The project isn't available yet, but a demo is - and the project author is asking for feedback.
More... (at TheServerSide)
(1 Dec, 2006)

Apache Ant is a Java-based build tool. In theory, it is kind of like Make, but without Make's wrinkles.Ant is different. Instead of a model where it is extended with shell-based commands, Ant is extended using Java classes. Instead of writing shell commands, the configuration files are XML-based, calling out a target tree where various tasks get executed. Each task is run by an object that implements a particular Task interface.

- Ant Home
- Ant Manual (v 1.6.5)

 

Tutorials and Articals

- Hello World with Ant (from Apache Ant)
- Top 15 Ant Best Practices (OnJava: Dec, 2003)

 

Ant Specic Tasks

- XML Manipulation using XMLTask (Tutorial)

 

Issues and Solutions

- Javadoc Ant task complains package does not exist

 

Resources

- Ant Official Resource Page (from Apache Ant)
- Apache Wiki for Ant 
- Ant FAQ (from Apache Ant)

 

Forums and Mailing Lists

- Ant Mailing Lists Home (Apache)
- Ant User List Archive (Apache)
- Ant Forum at jGuru