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From Mark Russell <mark_russ...@instantiations.com>
Subject Re: Ant-based installers
Date Thu, 02 Feb 2006 15:03:21 GMT
Andrew Goktepe wrote:

>>have a gui for end users that creates a script for deploying to the local
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>box?
>No. It doesn't have to create a script - I already have one.
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>>make it easy for someone who doesn't know ant to deploy to many systems?
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>Yes. The Ant script does all of the real work, but it's exposure to the user
>should be minimal.
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>Our applications have many properties and xml files within the ear file and
>elsewhere that need to be configured for the particular environment being
>used. I already have an Ant script that will configure these files and
>deploy the application to any of several application servers, but I want a
>GUI front-end to collect all of the settings from the user before running
>the script.
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>-Andrew
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>On 2/2/06, Steve Loughran <stevel@apache.org> wrote:
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>>Andrew Goktepe wrote:
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>>>I am looking for an ant-based GUI installer to configure and deploy our
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>>J2EE
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>>>applications. I have tried Antigen and AntInstaller. I really like
>>>AntInstaller, especially its configuration file format and the way it
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>>saves
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>>>all of the user-provided values for repeat runs of the Ant script. Is
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>>anyone
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>>>using any others besides these two? Although I can't use anything that
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>>is
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>>>licensed under the GPL, I'd still like to know about any other choices
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>>that
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>>>are out there.
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>>What is it you are trying to do?
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>>-have a gui for end users that creates a script for deploying to the
>>local box?
>>-make it easy for someone who doesnt know ant to deploy to many systems?
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I don't know of anything you ask for you will probably have to write 
your own. Have you looked at writing an Eclipse RCP application to 
handle your front end?  Eclipse works very well with Ant and can run on 
many different OS's

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Mark Russell
Instantiations, Inc.
724-368-3331 (land line)
http://www.instantiations.com 



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