Ant: The Definitive Guide

Author: Jesse Tilly, Eric M. Burke
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ISBN: 0596001843
Publisher: O'Reilly & Associates (15 May, 2002)
Edition: Paperback
Sales Rank: 46,403
Average Customer Rating: 2.87 out of 5

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Rating: 1 out of 5
Please Avoid such Duds
I don't have much experience with O'reilly books. All I reffered was Prog C# which I found good. I have a friend who has this book. And fortunately, I got a good advice to not to buy this book. A better approach, I was told and have used, would be to download Ant and read the Documentation. Another would be to go for some other publisher( I heard Wrox has a good title on this, but I dont know the name)(I got this feedback from at least 3 People).Please spare us such duds in the future.

Rating: 1 out of 5
The Definitive 'Waste of Money'
Considering all the Ant build possibilities, this book barely scratches the service. Half the book is nothing more than the API in alphabetical order. I would have liked to see examples that incorporated the optional Ant jar (JUnit), complex EJB builds, deployment on 3rd party application servers like Weblogic, and strategies dealing with multiple wars but these were no where to be found. It would have been nice if there was more discussion on best practices. In addition, the book is poorly written and reads like it was written overnight.

This book should be titled "An introduction to Ant and nothing more." I only wished that I saved my receipt. Go read 'Java Development With Ant'. It is far more comprehensive and 'Definitive'. At first I gave this book 2 stars but after reviewing 'Java Development With Ant' I realized this book was more lacking than I thought. Don't make the same mistake I did!

Rating: 1 out of 5
Yes a useless one
1. Most of it are just taken from online docs
2. It does not deal with any of the advanced stuff like dependency management etc. ( part of it could be due to the old version of ant used )
3. The worst part is that, it is not very friendly for a user. 80% os the book is dedicated to showing the java APIs used to implement ant ( that too like a cut paste manner ), rather than showing the xml syntax that a user will use.

Yes its a waste. Buy the Erik Hatcher, Steve Loughran book which is the only good one available.

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