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From "Bhadra, Jatin" <>
Subject RE: Book on Ant
Date Wed, 03 Oct 2001 11:46:17 GMT
I think it is a very good idea to have a chapter that gives suggestions on
designing projects and build process. I think as Java forces developers to
write good code. ANT should forces developers to have better project design,
version control of releases and build process. 

Basically the idea is that build should be automated end to end, From
extraction from version control to deployment on application server or any

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Cheesman []
Sent: 03 October 2001 08:07
Subject: Re: Book on Ant

At 07:45 PM 02/10/01, you wrote:

>Would the book be available free online?   Should be!

Optimistically I'll agree with this ;)

>Topics for must-have:
>  - installation  (the jars to download).
>  - property uses, file set uses.
>  - example build files
>  - build file architectures
>  - ejb tasks
>  - custom ant task development

I'd add:
Something a bit more abstract / less ant-specific about the build process, 
designing projects so that they can be built/managed easily. (For example, 
most of us on the list *know* that source and classes should be seperate, 
and that you build to a seperate directory: a fair number of the people I 
work with don't bother with this... and run into all sorts of problems as a 

A small chapter on make (as a comparison to ant) would be nice, too.


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