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Java Development with Ant by Erik Hatcher and Steve Loughran

 
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Author/s : Erik Hatcher, Steve Loughran
Publisher : Manning
Category : Advanced Java
Review by : Michael Ernest
Rating : 9 horseshoes

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Maybe it's me getting tool old or too out of step with books on popular tools, but I found this guide informative, thorough, and quite tedious to read.
The information is fine, although it has that ring of authorship by people who are too close to the technology. That is, while they do strive to give practical applications of Ant in a variety of contexts, sometimes I feel like I'm reading a paraphrased specification. The coverage of related tools is pretty cool, actually, and it's important since Ant is a useful integration glue. At the same time, I stack this book next to my O'Reilly guide on make, and wonder why it was necessary to go into so much detail.
I didn't benefit from so much example work, which really boils down to yet more XML tags. At some point it would have been nice if the authors had said a little more about Document Type Definitions and then left some topics as exercises to the reader.
It's a fine reference and referral book; but I do think it could have been shorter and more to the point.


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