Apache Ant (Another Neat Tool) is a software tool for automating software build processes. It is similar to make but is written in the Java language, requires the Java platform, and is best suited to building Java projects.
The most immediately noticeable difference between Ant and make is that Ant uses XML to describe the build process and its dependencies, whereas make has its Makefile format. By default the XML file is named build.xml.
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Using Ant @ Plex-XML
Within the Plex-XML framework ANT is mainly used to generate beans and handlers, to compile all sources and to deploy the resulting software solution.
- build-base.xml is the general-ANT Script
- Description of Ant Targets in the general ANT-Script
- Properties you need to adjust in the general ANT-Script to your local configuration