It's also that ANT, being a general purpose build tool, can do a lot of other things as well. The manager tasks are usually part of a larger build process that can involve pulling from CVS/SVN, compiling, FTPing, packaging apps into jar and war files, running unit tests, etc...
Having the ability to deploy and un-deploy apps directly into Tomcat from your build script means that, for many people, the entire build, test, and deploy process can be accomplished with one command. [ September 01, 2007: Message edited by: Ben Souther ]
Originally posted by Tauri Valor: Can someone pls throw some light ?
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Having the ability to deploy and un-deploy apps directly into Tomcat from your build script means that, for many people, the entire build, test, and deploy process can be accomplished with one command.
Ben dont you think we can do the same with a .bat ?
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You probably could but it would be a lot harder. It also, as Jan Cumps mentioned, would only work on Windows.
One of the reasons people choose Java is that it is platform independent. It is very common for people to develop their apps on a Mac or an other operating system but test and deploy on Linux, Solaris, or some other flavor of Unix.
With Ant, you don't need to write multiple versions of the build script.