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From "Steve Loughran" <>
Subject Borland Jbuilder finally adds ant support (at a price)
Date Tue, 21 May 2002 00:21:54 GMT
>From the feature set of JBuilder 7, I see that they have finally added
native ant support

but only on the enterprise edition. Like, they had to pay so much for
ant.jar that they had to put them in the prestige premium tool that costs
the same as two laptops.

It's funny; I'd have thought that ant would help deprecate the selling price
of the premium stuff, or at least let IDEs focus on what they are good at:
editing, refactoring and collaboration. But no, borland keep ant part of the
premium product, perhaps to ensure that all the features ant offers -junit,
<zip>, deployment are also kept at a premium.


On the plus side, it means that all of the mainstream IDEs support Ant, even
the 'Enterprise' tools. This is a sign of progress. Even in the enterprise,
your build can be independent of an IDE. I wonder if they realise what they
have done.


[running IDEA fullscreen in the other monitor, generating java classes from
an XSD file via Castor and ant, then deploying to tomcat  and running http
unit tests]

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