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Do most people use ant tool?

Tony Smith
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Joined: Jul 07, 2007
Posts: 229
Ant tool seems to be popular. But do people use it a lot in the industry? What is the most used place during development? Doesn't IDE take care of the build/deploy responsibilities? Then how do you use ANT and IDE together? Thanks.
Adam Schaible
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Joined: Oct 04, 2007
Posts: 101
This is just my experience..

Ant is still the build tool of most organizations. I think there are other options, and while some people don't like Maven/Maven2, I think they are a step in the right direction.

As projects become larger, they often become more segregated, and your IDE may not have everything configured to do a complete build. On top of that, your IDE is most likely using Ant to build.

I'd like to see more migration to Maven2, we'll see.
Pat Farrell

Joined: Aug 11, 2007
Posts: 4659

I use Netbeans, which uses ant. I've occasionally run it without the IDE, but most of the time, I just let Netbeans do the dirty work.
Nathan Pruett

Joined: Oct 18, 2000
Posts: 4121

IDEs build fine - on one developers machine - ANT (and other build tools - I also like Maven2) attempt to make a reproducible build process that can work on any machine, as well as doing things that most IDEs build processes don't support without repetitive manual intervention - copying resource files to deployment locations, filtering files to include values specific to the build, running unit tests on build, supporting multiple build configurations, etc. Also, you can't really do continuous integration though an IDE build process...

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