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From "North Alex" <>
Subject RE: Antwort: Performing unattended daily builds with WebSphere Studio and Ant
Date Wed, 21 Apr 2004 07:20:12 GMT

I think it depends on your environment and what phase the project is going through as to how
useful and how often you need to run them, and of course your process.

We use ANT quite a lot and from within WSAD as a development aid.  You can compile, build
dependency JARs, EJB deploy code, etc from within the tool ... but you have to sit there and
do it (or configure the tool to do it).  We have a few people doing different parts of an
application ... a developer can come in in the morning and run a task to refresh from the
source control system (clearcase in our case), regenerate all that is needed (other people
change their EJB interfaces, add new schemas that require JAXB generation, and change code)
and recompile ... and go get their coffee in the meantime.  It's done the same every time
... no forgetting to compile (or fully recompile) this part or regenerate some other part.

The tasks are split up so that just the item you want can be run (we also have other generations
such as JAXB being peformed from the ANT scripts).  Extra tasks such as some static code checking,
unit test execution, and reports can also easily be run from here.  Then there is a task that
can deploy the EAR to the target environment, which calls upon the other tasks to do it's
job.  For our developers, it's a great way to get things done.

Just another viewpoint on how things can be done.

<= Alex =>

>-----Original Message-----
>Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 2004 9:48 AM
>To: Ant Users List
>Subject: Antwort: Performing unattended daily builds with 
>WebSphere Studio and Ant
>why should I use the Wesphere Studio (WSAD) as environment for 
>my daily builds ? I did not see any benefits.
>We are using WAS (Websphere applicationsever) as application 
>server and WSAD as IDE. The developers are doing their builds 
>within the WSAD without any buildscripts. Our nightly builds 
>and our relase builds are done using some core ant tasks 
>(compile, jar, war, ear) and some of the optional tasks ( ftp, 
>clearcase-task) . The generation and compilation of the 
>ejb-deployment-code is done using websphere specific tasks 
>provided within the WAS.
>I tried to reuse our build scripts within the IDE to support 
>the build of the developers, but I did not see any benefinits: 
>The generation of the deployment code tooks too long to be 
>done during every build. So the developer generate the 
>deployment code only when necessary. The generation of the 
>jar, war, ear files are done automatically by WSAD, so the 
>developers do not need the ant tasks. And the developers do 
>not need the whole ear. By using only selected components we 
>decreased the startup time of the internal Websphere Test 
>Environment dramatically. So only the compilation is left 
>behind, but this can be done easily by using Refresh oder 
>using the rebuild all/ rebuild project.
>We are using ant scripts, to schedule our builds on a regular 
>basis. Then we need to be sure that the latest sources are 
>compiled. We also need to be sure that the deployment code is 
>generated using the latest soures.

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