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From Jean-Louis Boudart <>
Subject EasyAnt 0.8 released !
Date Thu, 19 Aug 2010 13:31:54 GMT
The EasyAnt project is pleased to announce its 0.8 version.

Easyant is a build system, that is based on Apache Ant and Apache Ivy.

Our goals are :

   - to leverage popularity and flexibility of Ant.
   - to integrate Apache Ivy, such that the build system combines a
   ready-to-use dependency manager.
   - to simplify standard build types, such as building web applications,
   JARs etc, by providing ready to use builds.
   - to provide conventions and guidelines.
   - to make plugging-in of fresh functionalities easy as writing simple Ant
   scripts as Easyant plugins.

To still remain adaptable,

   - Though Easyant comes with a lot of conventions, we never lock you in.
   - Easyant allows you to easily extend existing modules or create and use
   your own modules.
   - Easyant makes migration from Ant very simple. Your legacy Ant scripts
   could still be leveraged with Easyant.

Changelog 0.8 :


   - Feature #132 <>: Switch to Ivy 2.2.0-rc1
   - Feature #117 <>: Switch to ant 1.8.1
   - Feature #136 <>: Introduce bindtarget
   This tasks allow to change the mapping between target and phases.
   - Feature #137 <>: Introduce findclasspath
   This task is designed to locate the right version of a SDK (for groovy /
   scala, but maybe for others SDK like android etc...).
   - Feature #138 <>: Introduce
   registerartifact task
   This task is in charge to register a given artifact to ivy context.
   In other words, this task is responsible of generating the right elements
   in the publicated module.ivy file.
   - Feature #70 <>: Introduce a menu generator
   This task is used by documentation plugins (like xooki) to generate menu
   - Feature #116 <>: Introduce CheckResolver
   task to enforce plugin stability
   - Feature #124 <>: Introduce a ant task to
   run an easyant build process
   - Feature #100 <>: support for extends=info
   in ivy module parser
   - Feature #101 <>: publish merged version of
   Ivy descriptor when using module inheritence (<extend> tag in a module.ivy
   - Feature #119 <>: EasyAnt's launch scripts
   now support alternative ant distribution
   - Feature #122 <>: Simplify usage of project
   ivy settings (if exists use ivysettings.xml at the root level of the
   - Many bug fixes on core and documentation (plugin documentation now
   contains examples)
   - Simplify the build process of easyant core itself

Plugins :

   - Feature #94 <>: Introduce package-test-jar
   - Feature #113 <>: Introduce
   maven-publication plugin
   - Feature #127 <>: Introduce distribution
   - Feature #115 <>: Add support for
   integration tests
   - Feature #123 <>: Support filterset in
   resources-std plugin
   - Feature #98 <>: Support for
   pre-module-phases in multi module
   - Feature #128 <>: Add a new target on
   skeleton plugin to choose a skeleton from a list
   - Feature #111 <>: implement xooki
   - Feature #92 <>: eadoc plugin should use ant
   uptodate check to improve performance
   - Feature #93 <>: add resource collection
   support to junit plugin
   - Feature #109 <>: Homogenize properties
   referencing the main class
   - Several bugfixes on
      - skeleton
      - mannifest
      - antunit
      - ivy-provisionning

You can have further details on EasyAnt 0.8 in the release

Issues should be reported to:

Retrieve sources from the 0.8 release files at:
Or download the 0.8 release files at:

Online documentation is accessible at :

More information can be found on the Easyant website:

Jean Louis Boudart
Independent consultant
Project Lead

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