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From Sanjay Bhatia <>
Subject Re: multiple builds
Date Thu, 16 Aug 2001 21:23:03 GMT
Thanks Bevan for the recommendations.  I've been meaning to ask this on the
list for a while and now is as good a time as any.

I'm interested in seeing examples of buildfiles that work well for you and
those that you would consider very well organized.  If you have copyright and
NDA issues to deal with please ignore this.  Feel free to email me directly.

I'm managing a project that's growing at quite a pace and we may have to split
our file soon.


PS : One of my fav. cricketers is Michael Bevan.  You're not related are you?

--- Bevan Arps <> wrote:
> At 11:33 15/08/2001 -0700, Steve Wells wrote:
> >Is anybody out there using Ant for multiple builds, including
> >sub-projects, etc?  If so what are your recommendations & other
> >considerations involved?
> I'm using Ant for both production and daily builds of a large number of 
> Delphi applications.
> It works extremely well.
> My recommendations would be these:
> -- Keep the size of your build files down where possible
> I make extensive use of AntCall which results in the Build files being 
> reparsed multiple times. I have successfully split the builds across over a 
> dozen build files (for different groups of applications).
> -- Be systematic
> Don't hack the files together - plan what you need and approach it in a 
> methodical manner. Hack & slash (as always) work for the small cases, not 
> for the large.
> -- Refactor
> If you find stuff you're repeating, look to see how you can refactor it to 
> reduce complexity
> Hope this helps,
> Bevan.
> --
> "Programming is an Art Form that Fights Back"
> Bevan Arps (<>
> Senior OO Analyst, ACT Financial Systems
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