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From Erik Hatcher <>
Subject Re: Suggestiosn for ANT-Java programming book
Date Wed, 24 Mar 2004 02:04:26 GMT

We have a chapter (12) titled "Developing for the web" in JDwA.

I agree with the other comments on this thread - there is no book that 
covers the new Ant 1.6.x features, and for larger projects these new 
features radically change how I'd craft a build file.  I still create 
the directory structure the same, regardless of Ant version.  This 
mirrors what I've created in the freely available JavaDevWithAnt 
project (based on the source code from the book) at:


On Mar 23, 2004, at 3:08 PM, Kenneth Litwak wrote:

> Hi Jim,
>   Thanks for the suggestion.  The table of contents talks about 
> building
> web services, bit I don't see a chapter that specifically addresses
> building servlets or JSPs.  Do you remember if that's in there?  
> Thanks.
> Ken
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> Subject: Re: Suggestiosn for ANT-Java programming book
>> Having read the ANT manual, I'm looking for a book that actually tells
>> you how to create a web project directory structure, what actually
> goes
>> where, how to configure for specific app servers or web servers, and
> so
>> forth.  A friend suggested _Java Tools for Extreme Programming_.  Any
>> comments or other suggestions?  I'm used to tools that hide all this
>> stuff from you (similar to the Sun Java Reference Implementation).  I
>> need to become an expert at doing it manually like yesterday.  Thanks.
> I've got that book;  it's like a good sampler platter, but you need the
> entree. It sounds like for your needs, _Java Development with Ant_ 
> would
> be a better fit.
> Available as an eBook, as well, for yesterday's needs.
> I leveraged this book into precisely what you're talking about, and my
> webapp had very peculiar needs.
> As to the *what* the specifics of specific app servers or web servers
> are,
> and how they impact your project, you'll probably have to find them
> elsewhere.  (Tomcat does get plenty of coverage in the book).  Whatever
> the specifics are, though, you'll probably learn what you need to learn
> about Ant to handle it.
> Jim
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