From the Publisher
Configuration Management (CM) continues to remain a significant difficulty in the software development arena. This has been particularly evident with Java. As project teams mature and realize that they need CM, the have been turning to Ant as a tool fill their CM needs. Ant Developer's Handbook is important as it addresses the "how to" gap that is currently not covered by any other set of documentation. This "how to" information will be important for these teams as they attempt to use Ant in industrially sized environments.
About the Author
Alan Williamson is as much a veteran of the Java world as one can be with a language that is still very much finding its feet in the world. Alan has more than 15 years experience in the world of software development, graduating with full honors in computer science from the University of Paisley. Alan worked in mainly research and development roles until starting up the UK's first pure Java consultancy company five years ago, specializing in Java on the server side (http://www.n-ary.com/). Alan has also worked his way up to the dizzy heights of editor-in-chief of the world's largest Java magazine, Java Developers Journal, and can be found talking at various conferences all over the place!
Kirk Pepperdine has more than 15 years of experience in informatics. During that time, he has focused on applying object-oriented methodologies and technologies to the field of distributed computing, where Kirk has functioned as a researcher, developer, designer, architect, and consultant. Kirk has been heavily involved in the performance aspects of applications since the start of his career, and has tuned applications involving a variety of languages from Cray Assembler through C, Smalltalk, and on to Java. Kirk has focused on Java since 1996. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Joey Gibson has been working in the technology industry since 1990. He is a Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform and has been working with Java since early 1996. He is a Senior Consultant and instructor for BravePoint (www.bravepoint.com), located in Atlanta, GA, specializing in J2EE development. He is a "collector" of programming languages whose favorites include Java, Smalltalk, Ruby and Python. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Andy Wu has been involved in software development for more than five years. He is a software enthusiast who thrives on new technologies. Andy currently applies his Java expertise as a developer at n-ary consultancy in Scotland. Prior to joining n-ary, he worked in research and development roles, and achieved a full honours degree in software engineering from the University of Glasgow.