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From "Chappell, Simon P" <>
Subject RE: Research question
Date Tue, 02 Apr 2002 15:21:47 GMT
This gets to my whole point. Almost every IDE offers some kind of project capability and a
way to compile that project, but (usually) only from within the IDE itself.

I desire a stand-alone build system that is cross-platform (Win2K, Linux, Solaris, AIX, Mac
OS X at a minimum), easy to use (not all of our developers will have time to learn anything
complicated *cough*make*cough*), capable of being run from a command-line or script.

Ant meets all these needs with style. My point was to try and find alternatives that I could
list so that my proposal to use Ant didn't look like it was written by a founding member of
the Ant fan club! :-)


Simon P. Chappell           
Java Programming Specialist            
Lands' End, Inc.                                   (608) 935-4526

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Ronn Chinowutthichai []
>Sent: Monday, April 01, 2002 10:39 PM
>To: Ant Users List
>Subject: Re: Research question
>What about build tools offered by IDE? JBuilder for example.
>I am also sure that afew years ago many people are building ad 
>hoc tools 
>*specifically* for Java System (whether it would be with perl, shell 
>script or other languages like make rule sysntax).
>rOnn c.
>Chappell, Simon P wrote:
>>I'm writing a proposal for using ant internally as part of 
>our standard build process and I am having difficulty finding 
>information on the alternatives to ant. I have tried many 
>different searches on the mighty Google, but with less than 
>wonderful success. The few that I found seem to mostly have 
>withered and died and a few even suggest switching to ant! :-)
>>Can folks on this list point me at a few other tools that I 
>can list in my document. Specifically, I am looking for build 
>tools that are designed for Java systems (hence "make" doesn't 
>make the cut).
>>Simon P. Chappell           
>>Java Programming Specialist            
>>Lands' End, Inc.                                   (608) 935-4526
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