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From Bruce Atherton <>
Subject Re: AW: What should be downloaded
Date Wed, 19 Sep 2007 18:54:37 GMT wrote:
> Is that ok?
Wow, quick work. Thanks, Jan, that looks great. I have a few minor edits 
and wanted to get the subdirectory info in there, but I'm having 
Subversion issues today so I'll have to check in the changes later.
>> and not all Ant users are 
>> programmers. Thanks.
> ??? really? What are the other scenarios (for non-developers)?
Well, I can think of several groups that I've seen running it. One is 
sysadmins that use Ant for various deployment and system maintenance 
tasks. They may even be responsible for keeping a build machine running 
for developers. They are technical, yes, but not necessarily programmers.

Another group is QA testers who may use Ant to automate testing, 
particularly with tools like Canoo WebTest[1] or with a custom built system.

Yet another is anyone installing an application that requires the 
running of Ant to perform or complete the installation. Any application 
distributed using Ant Installer[2] or Antigen[3] would fit into this 
category, to name just two.

Then there are all the document handling solutions such as the one Mark 
mentioned in his email. Ant is ideal for hiding multiple XSLT transforms 
and just "building" output documents from input XML. XML Publication[4] 
is another example of this.

Those are just a few examples that spring to mind. I'm sure there are 
many others.


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