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From "Robert Mark Bram" <>
Subject Ant: pros and cons!
Date Mon, 19 Jul 2004 13:26:17 GMT
Hi All,

I am writing an intro for ANT and I want to justify why it is such a  
useful tool.

Some may find the statements below provocative: they are meant to be. I  
want to find out if and/or why they are untrue. This is a learning process  
for me too!

  - Ant is a Java based build tool. Like java, it is platform independent.
  - It has a large variety of common tasks already catered for.
  - It is extensible: not that hard to create your own tasks.

  - It is not as powerful as batch/shell scripts. If you are not regularly  
using different OS's, why bother?
  - It is not designed to offer decision or looping structures as easily as  
they are offered in batch/shell scripts? Why?

Do you have any pros/cons to add? Any thoughts on what I have listed?
Any comments would be most appreciated!


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