How To Use Ant

Ant is a build tool written in Java, intended to be used for Java build processes. Ant is used for building small and large projects as well. You can use ant not only for automation of building Java projects, but for automating any complicated and repetitive tasks. Ant is using xml files to define tasks that should be run during a process. Continue reading

How to write an Ant xml build file to Generate JAXB Code and Compile and Build it to a Jar

There is a pretty common situation to use a java classes generator and to create classes based on a defined pattern. Hibernate, Castor, Jaxb are a few examples. I prefer to have those classes packed in a separate jar file. Since they are generated files it’s not a good practice to modify them, so there is not need to have them in your project. Debugging is the case when you need the source of generated classes. In this case you can simply attach the jar containing sources in your IDE (eclipse supports it, I think other IDE support it either). Continue reading

How to Create Jar Files from Ant

Lets take this time in consideration a real life project. Most of the time Ant is used to compile and build java projects. This means generating, compiling and building jar files. For this we are going to define severals tasks. Lets consider the we create a buid.xml file in the directory where sources are located. The sources are put in the subdirectory called src. We also need to include a jar in the classpath while compiling. We are going to create a separate property file to define the location of this file: Continue reading