- Paperback: 456 pages
- Publisher: Sams Publishing; 1 edition (November 1, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0672324261
- ISBN-13: 978-0672324260
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,371,491 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
From the Back Cover
Ant has emerged as the preferred building tool for Java developers, automating tedious compilation, test, and code management. Many Java developers are aware of Ant but there is little documentation to assist in getting started with the Ant tool. Even experienced developers who already use some of the features of the Ant tool, struggle with the more advanced aspects. This book will educate those devlopers in these more advanced topics, and help them get more out of the tool. The Ant Developer's Handbook begins with a rapid introduction to obtaining, installing, and configuring Ant and covers all major feature sets and use practices.
Ant is a cross-platform build and configuration management tool. It is written in Java, and uses XML as its file format, thereby allowing entire development teams to share Ant build files, regardless of the operating system each developer is using. Ant can perform nearly any common configuration management function, including:
- compiling application source code.
- running test suites and building archive files.
- moving/copying files to server machines.
- interacting with source control systems.
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The first three chapters do a wonderful job of introducing Ants capabilities and what you should use it for. I was already using Ant, but I learned a lot more about how I can make better use of it.
The fourth chapter is a reference of all the tags and how to use them. So far I have found that they are pretty accurate, and as an experienced user I assume that I can figure out anything that turns out to be changed (since this software is always subject to change) or even wrong.
The final chapters discuss advanced material, such as extending Ant with custom tasks, debugging build scripts, and setting up nightly builds. I feel that the book does a good job of explaining the how and why of these topics, too.
Overall, the organization of the book is similar to Oreilly's Unix in a Nutshell, where there are several chapters of reference material and a catalog of commands. I like that kind of book because it cuts to the chase for experienced users. Part of the reason I wanted this book was to structure my Ant projects intelligently, and I got my money's worth for that.
I have never taken the time to actually write a quick review, but fealt that I would be doing a huge disservice to fellow coders if I didn't in this case.
Heed my warning: DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK.