By Steve Holzner

Quickly after its release, Ant succeeded in taking the Java international through typhoon, turning into the main frequent device for construction functions in Java environments. Like most well liked applied sciences, Ant fast went via a chain of early revision cycles. With every one new edition, extra performance was once further, and extra complexity used to be brought. Ant developed from a simple-to-learn construct instrument right into a full-fledged trying out and deployment environment.

Ant: The Definitive Guide has been transformed, revised and expanded upon to mirror this evolution. It files the hot ways in which Ant is being utilized, in addition to the array of non-compulsory initiatives that Ant helps. in truth, this new moment version covers every thing approximately this remarkable construct administration device from downloading and fitting, to utilizing Ant to check code.

Here are only of some of the beneficial properties you'll locate distinct during this finished, must-have guide:
• constructing conditional builds, and dealing with errors conditions
• immediately retrieving resource code from model regulate systems
• utilizing Ant with XML files
• utilizing Ant with JavaServer Pages to construct internet applications
• utilizing Ant with company JavaBeans to construct firm applications

Far exceeding its predecessor by way of info and element, Ant: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition is a must have for Java builders unusual with the newest developments in Ant expertise. With this publication at your aspect, you'll quickly be up to the mark at the ultimate device for cross-platform development.

Author Steve Holzner is an award-winning writer who s been writing approximately Java issues because the language first seemed; his books have offered greater than 1.5 million copies world wide.

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12 | Chapter 1: Getting Started This is the Title of the Book, eMatter Edition Table 1-4. Optional Ant tasks (continued) Task name Description replaceregexp Replaces matched text with new text. rexec Controls a rexec session from Ant. rpm Builds Linux RPM installation files. scp Moves files to and from a remote SSH server. script Executes an Apache BSF script. Scripdef Defines Ant tasks from scripts. serverdeploy Runs a hot-deployment tool for a J2EE server. setproxy Configures web proxy properties.

You can specify the file you want to check with the targetfile attribute and the source file that is used to create it with the srcfile attribute. If you want to check a set of source files, use nested srcfiles elements. If the target (or targets) is current, based on the source file or files, the property whose name you specify will be set to true. java"/> You can use the ** wildcard to stand for the current directory and any subdirectory of that directory, which makes it easy to work with a directory hierarchy in depth.

This can be useful when you need to make unattended modifications to configuration files when deploying to servers. 40 | Chapter 2: Using Properties and Types This is the Title of the Book, eMatter Edition Loading Text You can use the loadfile task to load a text file into a single property. txt"/> You can see the attributes of this task in Table 2-6. Table 2-6. ". Example 2-3. class" /> Using Property Files | This is the Title of the Book, eMatter Edition 41 This attempts to override the property with a new definition.

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