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From Alexey Solofnenko <>
Subject Re: converting from DOS/Visual Studio to Ant for build
Date Fri, 18 Jan 2008 16:49:22 GMT
We did the opposite - converted all ANT scripts that build .Net and C++ 
code into a VisualStudio build (that we execute from ANT script itself). 
The main reason is to avoid double maintenance. It is useful to have a 
single "build" solution that builds only necessary (for delivery or for 
tasting) projects. We also implemented extra build steps using MSBuild 
commands and put them in the project files themselves (in fact one of 
the project even runs ANT to build prerequisites). There were many 
complains from people from other groups that it was difficult to build 
my project's Windows applications - now all necessary parts are done by 
just pressing build or run from VisualStudio.

I would advise against porting VisualStudio build to ANT - VisualStudio 
build is usually enough and it and ANT builds can call each other 
without any problem.

- Alexey.

weiji wrote:
> Hi,
> Our current build process involves a DOS batch file to loop through a list
> of solutions that we want to build, and invoking the command line Visual
> Studio client to build each one.  We are interested in Ant as a replacement,
> since we believe the logic control/conditional execution of targets will
> come in very handy.  However, first we need to get it working as a
> functional replacement for our current needs.
> There are two parts we need to get working first.  The list of solutions to
> build is manually maintained (and is a subset of the directories under our
> solutions directory).  The first issue is to figure out how to pass this
> list of solutions into Ant. The second issue is how to invoke the same
> target for each solution, passing the name of the solution to the exec task.
> Any suggestions or alternatives are highly appreciated.
> Thanks in advance,
> KaJun

Alexey N. Solofnenko <>
Pleasant Hill, CA (GMT-8 usually)

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