It is a Java library and command-line tool for automating software build processes. It was originated in early 2000.
The ant is acronym of "Another Neat Tool"
Following are the uses of Apache Ant:
● Compiling Java code into bytecode
● Placing Java bytecode in a package
● Deployment of this package to production systems
● Document creation and release notes preparation.
Following are the built-in tasks:
● test Java application
● run Java applications
Below code snippet can be used to set the classpath in Apache Ant:
Apache Ant is written in Java
Project can be prepared by making a build.xml as a build file and using following tag. Inside this tag we have to defined standard targets (such as build, clean etc), etc.
Following are the features of Apache Ant:
● Ant is an open source project available under the Apache license. Therefore, its source code can be downloaded and modified.
● Ant uses XML build files which make its development easy.
● Apache Ant is Cross Platform compatible.
● Apache Ant is Extensible.
● Use of XML along with Java makes Ant makes it the perfect solution for developing programs designed to run or be built across a range of different operating systems.
● Tasks are used to extend the capabilities of the build process, whereas build listeners are used to help hook into the build process to add extra error tracking functionality.
The org.apache.tools.ant.input.InputHandler interface is used to implement the user input. To perform the user input, the application creates InputRequest object and this object will be passed to InputHandler.
No, we can't modify the properties in Ant. The properties in Ant are immutable in nature.
No, we donít set any classpath in Ant build file.