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From Wayne Cannon <>
Subject Re: Need to convert windows batch script (build script) to ant's build.xml
Date Thu, 26 Jul 2007 15:06:41 GMT
Up front, let me say that I am relatively new to using Ant.

Ant's declarative approach is significantly different than the 
sequential/procedural approach of script files and most other 
languages.  I like to think of it as "goal"-oriented as opposed to 
"process" oriented, if that helps.  I respectfully suggest that you will 
be most effective simply examining the script for "goals" that it 
accomplishes, and then creating Ant tasks to accomplish the same goals.

I've played with the demo of a product called Virtual Ant that may be 
helpful making a more direct conversion.  Basically, Virtual Ant gives 
you a user interface similar to Windows Explorer.  You perform your 
script's operations (copy, compile, jar, etc.) using their "virtual" 
interface, and it creates an Ant build.xml that corresponds with the 
operations you performed.  I'm sure it will be sub-optimal, but should 
at least get you started.


Sayed, Irfan (Irfan) wrote:
> Hi All,
> I have one build script which is totally in windows batch script. I am
> planning to convert that script in Ant's build.xml.
> Batch script contains all the windows related commands such as
> cls,xcopy,cd,dir,mv etc. Now for me , as i am very new to Ant world ,
> very difficult to write task for each operation.  
> I have gone through the manual pages of site but did not
> find what i want.
> Can somebody please guide me in converting this batch script to Ant's
> build.xml.
> Please help.
> Regards
> Irfan.

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