ONJava.com: Open Source Java: AntMar 04, 2001, 18:44 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Thomson)
"Ant, an open source Java project, has been gaining in usage and attention lately -- and rightfully so. Ant is driving ease of use in cross-platform software development by dragging the redoubtable "make"-style of build tool into this new century. But where did Ant come from?"
"Ant is based at the Apache Jakarta project's site (see resources listed at the end of this article), which says Ant is "kind of like make without make's wrinkles". It goes on to explain the reasoning behind the development of a replacement for make and make-like programs: all of these programs have serious flaws when it comes to building cross-platform software, which is of particular impact for certain Java projects."
"As such, Ant is an ideal choice for building other Java-based projects, although it can also be used for building projects written in other languages."