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Ant in Action [Paperback]

Steve Loughran , Erik Hatcher
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22 July 2007 193239480X 978-1932394801 2

This second edition of a Manning bestseller has been revised and re-titled to fit the 'In Action' Series by Steve Loughran, an Ant project committer. Ant in Action introduces Ant and how to use it for test-driven Java application development. Ant itself is moving to v1.7, a major revision, at the end of 2006 so the timing for the book is right. A single application of increasing complexity, followed throughout the book, shows how an application evolves and how to handle the problems of building and testing. Reviewers have praised the book's coverage of large-projects, Ant's advanced features, and the details and depth of the discussion-all unavailable elsewhere.

This is a major revision with the second half of the book completely new, including:

  • How to Manage Big projects
  • Library management
  • Enterprise Java
  • Continuous integration
  • Deployment
  • Writing new Ant tasks and datatypes

Purchase of the print book comes with an offer of a free PDF, ePub, and Kindle eBook from Manning. Also available is all code from the book.


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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 2 edition (22 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193239480X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932394801
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 203,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on Ant yet. 26 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
As a professional build manager I use ant extensively. The first edition of this book was extremely useful, and the second is now right up-to-date (ant 1.7.0) and even better. Its strengths are that it goes beyond reference and instructs us how to architect a serious build system for java and j2EE applications. The later chapters that discuss deployment and the critical topic of dependency management (with Ivy) are extremely useful. The authors are particularly balanced in their consideration of other tools such as Maven.

As a reference and cook book its rich in examples and detail: ideal for the learner as well as the more experience practitioner. If you find yourself in the position of having to choose a build tool then then book will give you the requisite background to make an informed decision.

Its unlikely that there will be a better Ant book until someone gets around to a 3rd Edition!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly dated, but solid 10 Mar 2012
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Bought after using ANT happily for a number of years. Still a worthwhile purchase. Provides the missing bits that a skim of the ANT manual often misses.

Be aware of the 1.8 additions, like any similar book it will date, less than some with ANTs habit of
retaining backward compatibility.

Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ...what it says on the tin. 13 Jan 2010
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Starting from knowing nothing about Ant, this book gave me all I needed to write a reasonably sophisticated Ant script in a short time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book that made me a master of Ant 11 April 2009
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I highly recommend this book. Most up to date of the bunch. Covers Ant 1.7.
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2.0 out of 5 stars To use you already need to know 19 Feb 2010
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As an applications programmer who is continuously frustrated by the amount of information and knowledge one needs about associated software, I was looking for a book from which I could develop a simple framework to develop java/mySQL/JSF systems. Whilst this book gave me a start, it lasts until page 79. After that I am not developing applications but 'messing about with toys'.

So good as far as it went.
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