One of the first tasks you'll undertake during the construction phase of a project is the design of the development environment. A well-designed environment is paramount to ensuring the entire project team can work productively and effectively.
In this chapter, we focus specifically on one aspect of the development environment that is critical to a successful rapid application development project, the build process. We cover in detail the importance of a fast, accurate, and maintainable build process, and examine the use of the Apache Ant build utility for producing optimal build environments for J2EE applications.
This chapter covers several areas regarding the build process:
We conclude by revisiting the Jython scripting language and demonstrating how Jython scripts can readily extend the features of Ant.