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IBM WebSphere Application Server 8.0 Administration Guide by Steve Robinson

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The ws_ant tool

The ws_ant tool is based on Apache Ant. Apache Ant is a Java library and command-line tool whose mission is to drive processes described in build files as targets and extension points dependent upon each other.

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If you wish to learn more about Ant, you can read up about it on the Apache website located at http://ant.apache.org/.

Ant XML-based configuration files contain sequential commands as groups of tasks. These XML files reference a tree of task groups called targets in which various tasks are specified to run in a particular order. Each task is run by an object that implements a particular task interface. WAS utilizes Ant via the ws_ant utility, which provides specific Ant tasks designed to make application deployment easier. ...

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