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From "Ertel, Jason" <>
Subject RE: Research question
Date Mon, 01 Apr 2002 15:45:08 GMT
Dunno whether this helps or not, but I first wrote our entire build
process in Perl.  It handled retrieval from VSS, labeling VSS, checking
in new version stamped code, compilation, resource copying, EJB'ing,
packaging client classes together into jars, signing jars, RMIC'ing
using standard Java RMI and Weblogic RMI, backing up source, uploading
to a test server and finally deploying the test server.

I switched to Ant because I was tired of developers asking me to
implement new features in the Perl scripts.  By using a Java based build
tool, our Java developers could no longer claim they didn't know how to
modify or use the build process.

-----Original Message-----
From: Chappell, Simon P [] 
Sent: Monday, April 01, 2002 10:39 AM
To: Ant User mailing list (E-mail)
Subject: Research question

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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