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From "Steve Cohen" <>
Subject RE: Ant on slashdot
Date Sun, 17 Nov 2002 14:43:09 GMT
I too want to chime in with my words of praise.

As with any such tools, the usual use pattern is to jump in, get a job done, and forget about
it.  As a result, you find yourself at some point with a good understanding of some points
and others are complete blanks.  This, and not the beginner stage, is the point where a book
like this is really great -
when you have a body of knowledge about the subject to build on and this takes you to the
next level.

There are always things you missed.
Like when was 
	<property name="foo" location="bar"/> 
instead of
	<property name="foo" value="/where/the/hell/is/bar"/>

Go ahead, tell me version 0.9, I don't care, but until I bought the book that had always managed
to elude me.

Also the parts about using the <ant> task to launch subsidiary scripts provided me with
many useful ideas.  This would be a subject for another whole book, "Advanced Ant", dealing
with subjects like 

when to use <antcall> to call a task within the file
when to use !ENTITY inclusion
when to <ant> to make a call into another build file (such as a library)

-----Original Message-----
From: Rahul []
Sent: Thu 11/14/2002 11:47 PM
To: Ant Developers List
Subject: Re: Ant on slashdot

Sorry abt the last incomplete email folks,  slippery fingers
there.............nah, guess that was the keyboard !!  :p

I kept restraining myself from chipping in my thoughts on Erik and Steve's
book on the ANT dev-list or on Manning website :p
hhhmmm..... i'll "Keep It Short 'n Sweet "  the book is an EXCELLENT read
and reference ............ impressive stuff, i must say  !!! :-)

Its amazing to see how it gets you up and running to speed with ANT ...

Erik, Steve - Congratulations on coming up with the books. Please keep up
the good work !!

cheers :-)


----- Original Message -----
From: "Conor MacNeill" <>
To: "Ant Developers List" <>
Sent: Friday, November 15, 2002 6:31 PM
Subject: Ant on slashdot

> A review of Steve and Erik's book. I find the negative comments the most
> interesting :-)
> Conor
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