By Alan Williamson, Andrew Wu, Joey Gibson, Kirk Pepperdine
Ant has emerged because the hottest development software for Java builders, automating tedious compilation, try, and code administration. Many Java builders are conscious of Ant yet there's little documentation to help in getting begun with the Ant software. Even skilled builders who already use many of the good points of the Ant device, fight with the extra complex facets. This booklet will teach these builders in Ant's extra complicated subject matters, and support them get extra out of the instrument. The Ant Developer's instruction manual starts off with a speedy creation to acquiring, fitting, and configuring Ant and covers all significant characteristic units and use practices. Ant is a cross-platform construct and configuration administration device. it truly is written in Java, and makes use of XML as its dossier structure, thereby permitting whole improvement groups to percentage Ant construct records, whatever the working method each one developer is utilizing. Ant can practice approximately any universal configuration administration functionality, together with: * compiling program resource code * operating attempt suites and construction archive documents * moving/copying records to server machines * interacting with resource keep watch over systemsConfiguration administration (CM) keeps to stay an important trouble within the software program improvement enviornment. This has been quite obvious with Java. As venture groups mature and discover that they wish CM, they've been turning to Ant as a device to fill their CM wishes. Ant Developer's instruction manual is necessary because it addresses the "how to" hole that's presently now not lined by means of the other set of documentation. This "how to" info should be vital for improvement groups as they try to use Ant in industrial-strength environments.
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You probably don't want to call this target every time you do a build because of the time it takes to get updates, but you do want it to be available when you need it. 10 shows an example of getting source updates from CVS. pass}"/>
Specifying tokens to replace can be done either with a series of token tags, or by loading the filters from a file of key-value pairs. 49 loads the filters from a file. name}"/> Selectors You saw in the discussion of FileSet that the decision of whether to include a file was solely based on a filename. But there are times when that approach is insufficient to creating an appropriate list. Selectors provide a means to select files based on factors other than filename. Although you can write your own selector, a number of them are included with Ant.
Otherwise, the Ant regexp support classes won't be built into Ant. Finally is the package type. According to the Ant manual, this mapper will replace directory separators in the matched source files with dots. This would enable you to generate names based on the Java package scheme, which would be most useful in an uptodate or junit task. 34 shows the example from the manual. xml"/> There is no definitive list of Ant tasks that use mappers. But if you think about those tasks that take a list of files and output files with similar names, but perhaps with different extensions, you should be able to figure out which tasks support mappers.