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From Steve Loughran <>
Subject Re: text books on ant
Date Thu, 19 Jan 2006 11:55:39 GMT
Matt Benson wrote:
> We usually hype Erik and Steve's Java Development with
> Ant from Manning:
> .
> Another good reference for learning how to write Ant
> tasks is Ant's own source code.  Learn more here:

The best details is probably ant's own codebase.

As and when I get around to updating those chapters on JDwA, I wont add 
any more detail on writing new tasks, though I will add something on 
using antunit: to test the things you've written. Writing new tasks is 
not something we expect everyone to do, and its better to focus on 
broadly relevant things like getting cruise control to work.

That said, I do plan a full chapter on extending ant through scripting, 
as you can do a lot there now, enough that you dont always need to drop 
to java.

Ant's source and developer mailing list are the best reference points 
for task dev.


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