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From Dan Tanner <>
Subject Re: very basic question
Date Wed, 19 Sep 2001 19:17:49 GMT
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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