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Subject Re: web-based ant front end?
Date Sat, 04 Aug 2007 14:48:43 GMT

Look into AnthillPro or AnthillOS

pkeane wrote:
> Can anyone recommend a web-based front end for Ant builds?  I manage a
> large application with numerous batch jobs as part of the workflow. I
> would like end users to be able to either schedule or initiate batch
> jobs by way of a web interface.  Security is something of an issue, but
> something like http basic auth would be fine, as tasks are generally
> idempotent and unintentional initiation would be OK.
> I have looked at CruiseControl and LuntBuild (more than I need) and Ant
> Pretty Build (IE only and thus less than I need).  My current plan is
> to rewrite Ant Pretty Build (I esp. like the fact that it it simply an
> xslt that leverages client-side javascript).
> My plan is to build a db-based message/queueing system for job
> scheduling that exposes a rest service interface.  I'll use ajax 
> techniques to allow the client-side javascript to schedule jobs that a 
> cronjob will run on the server.  Thus jobs can run under cron's 
> permissions and I needn't allow apache privileges to run such tasks, 
> some/many of which do things like write to the filesystem.
> Any ideas/suggestions would be appreciated. I am keen on having the ant
> build.xml docs loosely coupled from the messaging system such that they
> will run just fine from command line ant and will be web-ified simply by
> dropping them in a particular place on the filesystem with a link to the
> xslt (a la Ant Pretty Build) and it'll all just work.
> Of course if such a thing or something similar exists, it'll save me
> much coding....
> peter keane
> p.s the application is written in PHP and much of the batch scripting
> has been written in Perl.  I am finding Ant's declaritive syntax and
> encapsulated task more practical for managing the many (100+)
> scripting/backend processing tasks.
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