Apache Ant/Adoption

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Organizational Ant Adoption[edit]

We have found that most people new to Ant go through several stages of learning Ant.

The three stages of learning core Ant functionality[edit]

  1. Learn the grammar and syntax of XML and a build file- this goes quickly if you know any XML or HTML (about 15 minutes)
  2. Learn the Ant concepts of properties, dependencies and task (about two hours)
  3. Build your vocabulary: Learn the basic Ant tasks you need to get your job done (duration depends on what you are doing)

Transform Your Organization![edit]

  • Integrating it into your development/QA process
  • Making it a requirement of all projects
  • Specifying that all vendor deliverables MUST include a reproducible build process
  • Problematic for Microsoft developers that are not familiar with Ant
  • Problematic for "visual only" development environments (Microsoft Visual Studio, Microsoft Analysis Services)

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