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From "Robert r. Sanders" <>
Subject Re: Ant should have an ext directory
Date Mon, 03 Jan 2005 23:30:57 GMT
Yeah, but I don't think this is what the question was about.  It would 
be nice to have a place to put the (global) ant extensions you are using 
to keep them separate from the main/default ant libraries to help with 
file management, etc... 

The best I can think of:  Create an ext directory in a central location, 
then use a build process to merge it with a base ANT install; then copy 
the results out to everyone in your department.  Not as nice as if ANT 
supported this directly, but it might help. wrote:

>  "Dick, Brian E." <> writes:
>  > Understood, but I want to create a department-wide ant distribution that
>  > is augmented with common extension libraries. None of the options you
>  > list make this particularly clean and easy to manage.
>You may want to look into Maven for this one.  You keep your sources
>on a common server, describe these in a ".xml" file.  Maven downloads
>the sources to the local development environments, caching them there 
>as well as executing the build targets in your ant files.
>I'm going to be looking into it to keep track of which/where SQLServer
>and Oracle jars are, as well as the beanshell and other distributions.
>Seems quite promising.
>I'm pretty sure you could define all your extension libraries,
>versions and where they go in the maven descriptor files.  It also
>allows different projects to have different distributions. (I believe
>it uses an override mechanism)

    Robert r. Sanders
    Chief Technologist

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