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Ant Assignment Help

Updated: Oct 24, 2021

Hi, Hope you are doing well. This post is focused on Apache Ant.

Let start with introduction of Ant.

What is Ant?

Apache Ant is a Java-based command-line tool for building Java applications with the full portability of pure Java code. It allows developers to adopt agile principles and test-driven development to automate the repetitive development tasks like generating documentation, etc.

Ant is an acronym for Another Neat Tool.

Apache Ant Features

Here, are essential features of Apache Ant:

  • It’s an open-source project.

  • Allow you to run builds on both Windows and UNIX/Linux systems.

  • You only require JVM as It runs anywhere when JVM is available.

  • Offers an extensive range of predefined tasks

  • Helps you to copy from one location to another.

  • Offers interface to develop custom tasks.

  • Allows you to invoke from the command line which can easily integrate with free and commercial IDEs.

  • Allows you to deploy the binaries to the test server

  • Offers Extensible Architecture

  • Offers Backward Compatibility

What is Apache Ant Build tool used for?

Here, are important pros/benefits of using the Build tool:

  • Build tool allows you to automate specific repetitive tasks for like compiling the source code, running software tests, and creating files for the software deployment.

  • Build tools mostly run without a graphical user interface.

  • Helps you to convert source code into executable code

  • Offers an option to recompile a file only if necessary

  • Allows you to compile numbers of files in a relatively short time

  • Two widely popular build tools used by Java developers are Apache Maven and Ant.

Benefits of using Ant

Ant helps automating the build process so you can save time and effort when developing Java projects using Ant build. You can avoid doing repetitive tasks manually, which is boring and time-consuming.

In addition, Ant is written in pure Java code so you can reuse Ant build files across platforms.

Drawbacks of using Ant

Ant build files, which are written in XML, can be complex and verbose when the project becomes complex and large. Ant doesn’t directly support dependency management (automatic download and management of library JAR files), though you can do it using Apache Ivy, which requires longer learning curve.

Install Ant

We need Java 8 or higher version for Ant 1.10.* version.

To install Ant, first we need to download binary from the official site and store anywhere from the download folder.

We have stored downloaded Ant into /usr/local/ and used the below command from the terminal.

1. export ANT_HOME=/usr/local/ant  
2. export PATH=${PATH}:${ANT_HOME}/bin  
3. ant -version  

Example of Apache ANT

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<target name="hello">
<echo>Hello, World</echo> </target>

Let’s save this as “build.xml”

1. Goto CMD and move to the dir where you have put the simplebuild.xml
2. Now write, ant-file build.xml Hello_World_Target. This should show us Hello World.

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