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From Matthew Inger <>
Subject Re: very basic question
Date Wed, 19 Sep 2001 20:08:23 GMT
Does the "javac" task use the same vm to compile as it uses
to run ANT?  Or is there something special it does to boost
the compile time.

On Wed, 2001-09-19 at 15:17, Dan Tanner wrote:
> One big advantage of Ant over MAKE that our project found was the amount 
> of time it took to compile our system (Java/EJB).
> With MAKE, it was about 15 minutes.  When we switched to Ant, it dropped 
> down to about 4 minutes (including EJBC compile).  We also didn't need 
> to maintain a .depends file in every single package anymore.  It is true 
> that Ant's dependency-checking isn't as mature as others; but it doesn't 
> really matter for anything but the largest of projects, because it's 
> usually still much faster to do a fresh recompile with Ant than a 
> incremental recompile with MAKE.  (In my experience).
> I don't know the actual numbers, but it's a safe assumption that most 
> people who now use Ant were once MAKE users, so we've got a solid 
> comparison base.  Ant has grown immensely since its inception, with most 
> of its users currently using it in production.  Given this, it'll be 
> tough to find anyone on this list that thinks MAKE is better than Ant 
> for a typical project.
> Josiah Slack wrote:
> > Hi everyone. I'm new to the list, and am in the process of evaluating ant to
> > see if it's appropriate for a project my group is undertaking. I've been
> > looking at FAQs, and reading the traffic on this list for the past few days,
> > but haven't found an answer to the following question: what, in detail, are
> > the strengths and weaknesses of ant vs. make?
> > 
> > Any pointers would be appreciated. Thanks!
> > 
> > -josiah
> > 
> > 
> > 
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