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Tauri Valor
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What is the difference between using Ant and Using a batch file to execute the tasks ?

There must be a big advantage of using Ant ... Can someone pls throw some light ?


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Jan Cumps
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A big advantage is that Ant is cross-platform.

Your Ant build file can work on Windows, Unix, ...
Batch files are operating system dependent by nature. .cmd or .bat files for windows, .shell scripts for Unix, ...

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Ben Souther
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It's also that ANT, being a general purpose build tool, can do a lot of other things as well. The manager tasks are usually part of a larger build process that can involve pulling from CVS/SVN, compiling, FTPing, packaging apps into jar and war files, running unit tests, etc...

Having the ability to deploy and un-deploy apps directly into Tomcat from your build script means that, for many people, the entire build, test, and deploy process can be accomplished with one command.
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Ben Souther
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Originally posted by Tauri Valor:
Can someone pls throw some light ?


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Tauri Valor
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Sorry Ben! I lost my association with ranch for a long time. Thanks for reminding me the discipline on Javaranch
Ben Souther
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Not a problem.
Did the other post answer your question?
Tauri Valor
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Having the ability to deploy and un-deploy apps directly into Tomcat from your build script means that, for many people, the entire build, test, and deploy process can be accomplished with one command.


Ben dont you think we can do the same with a .bat ?
Ben Souther
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You probably could but it would be a lot harder.
It also, as Jan Cumps mentioned, would only work on Windows.

One of the reasons people choose Java is that it is platform independent.
It is very common for people to develop their apps on a Mac or an other operating system but test and deploy on Linux, Solaris, or some other flavor of Unix.

With Ant, you don't need to write multiple versions of the build script.
 
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