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What is Apache Ant?

Ant is a Java-based build tool. In theory, it is kind of like Make, without Make's wrinkles and with the full portability of pure Java code.
Apache Ant is a tool in the Java Build Tools category of a tech stack.
Apache Ant is an open source tool with 260 GitHub stars and 279 GitHub forks. Here’s a link to Apache Ant's open source repository on GitHub

Who uses Apache Ant?

Companies
38 companies reportedly use Apache Ant in their tech stacks, including LinkedIn, Webedia, and Atmel.

Developers
80 developers on StackShare have stated that they use Apache Ant.

Apache Ant Integrations

Apache Cocoon, SonarQube, Robotium, WhiteSource, and Veracode are some of the popular tools that integrate with Apache Ant. Here's a list of all 7 tools that integrate with Apache Ant.

Why developers like Apache Ant?

Here’s a list of reasons why companies and developers use Apache Ant

Apache Ant's Features

  • The most complete Java build and deployment tool available.
  • Platform neutral and can handle platform specific properties such as file separators
  • Can be used to perform platform specific tasks such as modifying the modified time of a file using 'touch' command
  • Scripts are written using plain XML. If you are already familiar with XML, you can learn pretty quickly
  • Automate complicated repetitive tasks
  • Interface to develop custom tasks
  • Can be easily invoked from the command line and it can integrate with free and commercial IDEs

Apache Ant Alternatives & Comparisons

What are some alternatives to Apache Ant?
Eclipse
Standard Eclipse package suited for Java and plug-in development plus adding new plugins; already includes Git, Marketplace Client, source code and developer documentation. Click here to file a bug against Eclipse Platform.
Gradle
Gradle is a build tool with a focus on build automation and support for multi-language development. If you are building, testing, publishing, and deploying software on any platform, Gradle offers a flexible model that can support the entire development lifecycle from compiling and packaging code to publishing web sites.
Apache Maven
Maven allows a project to build using its project object model (POM) and a set of plugins that are shared by all projects using Maven, providing a uniform build system. Once you familiarize yourself with how one Maven project builds you automatically know how all Maven projects build saving you immense amounts of time when trying to navigate many projects.
CMake
It is used to control the software compilation process using simple platform and compiler independent configuration files, and generate native makefiles and workspaces that can be used in the compiler environment of the user's choice.
Sonatype Nexus
It is an open source repository that supports many artifact formats, including Docker, Java™ and npm. With the Nexus tool integration, pipelines in your toolchain can publish and retrieve versioned apps and their dependencies
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Apache Ant's Followers
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