Ant - Another Neat Tool

Course:  ANT
Duration:  2 Days
Level:  I
Course Summary

This course introduces Ant and how to use it for test-driven Java application development. A single application of increasing complexity, followed throughout the class, shows how an application evolves and how to handle the problems of building and testing. Coverage of large-projects, Ant's advanced features, and the details and depth of the discussion-all unavailable elsewhere is included in the course. Advanced topics include how to manage large projects, Library management, Enterprise Java Continuous integration, Deployment, writing new Ant tasks and data types.

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Topics Covered In This Course


  • What is Ant?
  • What makes Ant so special?
  • When to use Ant
  • When not to use Ant
  • Alternatives to Ant

A First Ant build

  • Defining the first project
  • Step zero: creating the project directory
  • Step one: verifying the tools are in place
  • Step two: writing your first Ant build file
  • Step three: running your first build
  • Step four: imposing structure
  • Step five: running our program
  • Ant command-line options
  • Examining the final build file
  • Running the build under an IDE

Understanding Ant Datatypes and Properties

  • Preliminaries
  • Introducing datatypes and properties with
  • Paths
  • Filesets
  • Selectors
  • Additional Ant datatypes
  • Properties
  • Controlling Ant with properties
  • References
  • Managing library dependencies
  • Resources: Ant?s secret data model
  • Best practices

Testing with JUnit

  • What is testing, and why do it?
  • Introducing the application
  • How to test a program
  • Introducing JUnit
  • The JUnit task:
  • Generating HTML test reports
  • Advanced techniques
  • Best practices

Packaging Projects

  • Working with files
  • Introducing mappers
  • Modifying files as you go
  • Preparing to package
  • Creating JAR files
  • Testing with JAR files
  • Creating Zip files
  • Packaging for Unix
  • Working with resources

Executing Programs

  • Running programs under Ant?an introduction
  • Running native programs
  • Advanced and
  • Bulk operations with
  • Best practices

Distributing an Application

  • Preparing for distribution
  • FTP-based distribution of a packaged application
  • Email-based distribution of a packaged application
  • Secure distribution with SSH and SCP
  • HTTP download
  • Distribution over multiple channels

Putting It All Together

  • How to write good build files
  • Building the diary library
  • Adopting Ant
  • Building an existing project under Ant

Beyond Ant?s Core Tasks

  • The many different categories of Ant tasks
  • Installing optional tasks
  • Optional tasks in action
  • Software configuration management under Ant
  • Using third-party tasks
  • The Ant-contrib tasks
  • Code auditing with Checkstyle

Working with Big Projects

  • Master builds: managing large projects
  • Controlling child project builds
  • Advanced delegation
  • Inheriting build files through
  • Applying
  • Ant?s macro facilities
  • Writing macros with

Managing Dependencies

  • Introducing Ivy
  • Installing Ivy
  • Resolving, reporting, and retrieving
  • Working across projects with Ivy

Developing for the Web

  • Developing a web application
  • Building the WAR file
  • Deployment
What You Can Expect

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand Ant
  • Install Ant
  • Understand Ant concepts and terminologies
  • Work with embedded properties and external properties using properties files
  • Integrate ANT into their IDE
  • Use Ant in Business Applications
  • Understand Ant Tasks
  • Automate their build and testing through Ant tasks
  • Use Ant for automated deployment
  • Create Custom Ant tasks
Who Should Take This Course

This course is designed for Build Engineers and Developers working on projects that use Ant as an automated build tool.

Training Style

Lecture (50%) / Workshop (50%)

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