What can ANT (or a script/make file for that matter) do for my project that just using the basic compile in my IDE (IntelliJ) won't do? I'm asking this question because I have never coded in C or any other language that uses a makefile(so please be gentle). I have about 30 classes that I am working with at the moment. I'm willing to try new tools if they offer an obvious advantage in how I code/distribute code. I looked at the FAQ on the ANT site and read a few articles here, but because they expect most people to know what make files do for you, they usually just talk about the advantages of ANT over make/script files. I really want to know what the advantages of ANT are over a standard IDE compile. Thanks for your input.
If you are only talking about compiling a single piece of code (not part of a large project/stand alone), nothing much. If you are talking building a complex application, then it becomes more clear. It is a tool. All tools have their uses. Take a look at this thread. It might give you a better understanding. [ January 13, 2003: Message edited by: Paul Stevens ]