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From Erik Hatcher <>
Subject Re: Ant Books
Date Sun, 22 Feb 2004 15:18:38 GMT
My opinion on this topic is, of course, quite biased being a co-author 
of Java Development with Ant and all.  But I'll offer some generic 
advice since I'm also a very critical book consumer..... read the 
reviews (at Amazon and elsewhere).  Every publisher has their duds, so 
you cannot rely solely on the publishers reputation.  Be critical of 
the books you spend your money on - a lousy book is worthless or worse, 

In the spirit of openness, there are a couple of other nice Ant related 
books out there (which I own also).  Ant Developers Handbook (Sam's) is 
quality.  Extreme Programming with Ant (also by Sam's) is not really 
they type of book you're after but has a lot of nice techniques in it.


On Feb 22, 2004, at 10:06 AM, Graham Reeds wrote:
> This has probably been discussed before on this list so I am sorry for
> running over old ground.
> As far as I can see there are two books that I am interested and I was
> wondering which of the ones to buy.  They are 'Ant - the Definitive 
> Guide'
> and is published by O'Reilly and 'Java Development With Ant' by 
> Manning.
> I am tempted by the O'Reilly book since I have a couple of others by 
> them
> (though JavaServer Pages was a little too hardcore too quickly for my
> liking).
> I was wondering which people have found the most useful - preferably 
> from a
> viewpoint of a newbie beginner or is there a better, hitherto unknown, 
> book
> available?
> --
> Graham Reeds,
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