By Steve Loughran
This moment variation of a Manning bestseller has been revised and re-titled to slot the 'In motion' sequence via Steve Loughran, an Ant venture committer. "Ant in motion" introduces Ant and the way to take advantage of it for test-driven Java program improvement. Ant itself is relocating to v1.7, an incredible revision, on the finish of 2006 so the timing for the publication is correct. A unmarried program of accelerating complexity, in the course of the publication, exhibits how an software evolves and the way to address the issues of establishing and trying out. Reviewers have praised the book's assurance of large-projects, Ant's complex gains, and the main points and intensity of the discussion-all unavailable in different places. it is a significant revision with the second one 1/2 the e-book thoroughly new, together with: the right way to deal with colossal tasks Library administration firm Java non-stop integration Deployment Writing new Ant projects and datatypes"
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Specify the build file correctly, and Ant will work out target dependencies and call the targets in the right order. The targets run through their tasks in order, and the tasks themselves deal with file dependencies and the actual execution of the appropriate Java package calls or external commands needed to perform the work. Because each task is usually declared at a high level, one or two lines of XML is often enough to describe what you want a task to do. Ten lines might be needed for something as complex as creating a database table.
These test-first processes say that developers should write the tests before the code. Ant doesn’t dictate how you write your software—that’s your choice. What it does do is let anyone who does write tests integrate those tests into the build process. An Ant build file can mandate that the unit tests must all pass before the web application is deployed, and that after deploying it, the functional tests must be run. If the tests fail, Ant can produce a nice HTML report that highlights the problems.
When executing a target, all its dependents must execute first. 1 shows the build file for this typical build process. 1 is likely to have some confusing pieces to it, it should be mostly comprehensible to a Java developer new to Ant. For example, packaging (target name="package") depends on the successful javac compilation and javadoc documentation (depends="compile,doc"). } notation used in the FTP task (
Ant in Action by Steve Loughran