Maven - Maven vs Ant - maven tutorial
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Difference between Ant and Maven?
- Maven is better for managing dependencies (but Ant is ok with them too, if you use Ant+Ivy) and build artifacts.
- The main benefit from maven - its lifecycle. ... Ant is better for controlling of build process. Before your very first build you have to write you build.xml.
- Maven vs. Ant is one of the semi-religious topics (like IntelliJ vs. Eclipse, SWT vs. Swing or Spring vs. EJB).
- Dependent on you specifics needs, both build tools may be interesting for you.
- Ant is just a framework, or a build-DSL which cannot be used out of the box.
- You have to create your build-script from existing Ant-tasks.
- The Ant tasks do not presrcibe any conventions or configuration - the definition of project layout is your responsibility.
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Ant Vs Maven
- Ant and Maven both are build tools provided by Apache.
- The main purpose of these technologies is to ease the build process of a project.
- There are many differences between ant and maven that are given below:
|Ant doesn't has formal conventions, so we need to provide
information of the project structure in build.xml file.
|Maven has a convention to place source code, compiled code etc. So we don't need to provide information about the project structure in pom.xml file.|
|Ant is procedural, you need to provide
information about what to do and when
to do through code. You need to provide order.
|Maven is declarative, everything you define in the pom.xml file.|
|There is no life cycle in Ant.||There is life cycle in Maven.|
|It is a tool box.||It is a framework.|
|It is mainly a build tool.||It is mainly a project management tool.|
|The ant scripts are not reusable.||The maven plugins are reusable.|
|It is less preferred than Maven.||It is more preferred than Ant.|