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Ant in Action is a complete guide to using Ant to build, test, redistribute and deploy Java applications. A retitled second edition of the bestselling and award-winning Java Development with Ant, this book contains over 50% new content including:
Whether you are dealing with a small library or a complex server-side system, this book will help you master your build process. By presenting a running example that grows in complexity, the book covers nearly the entire gamut of modern Java application development, including test-driven development and even how to set up your database as part of the deployment.
The most widely used build tool for Java projects, Ant is cross-platform, extensible, simple, and fast. It scales from small personal projects to large, multi-team enterprise projects. And, most important, it's easy to learn.
Steve Loughran has been an active user and developer of Ant since the year 2000, a committer on the project since 2001, and a member of the Apache Software Foundation since 2004. He regularly lectures on the problems of big-system builds, distributed testing, and deployment. He is a research scientist at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories in Bristol, UK.
Erik Hatcher is an active Ant project developer and maintains jGuru's Ant FAQ and Forum. Erik has written articles for WebReview.com, IBM developerWorks, and JavaPro. His other open-source efforts currently include Lucene, XDoclet, and his own blogger, BlogScene. He is also the co-author of Manning's Lucene in Action. Erik lives in Charlottesville, VA.
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If you do Java Software, and there's only one book you read this year, it should be this one.
Don't put your build at risk by not reading this book.
Absolutely recommended for any developer.
It's worth buying this book for Chapter 16 alone.