Apache Ant/Getting Started/Hello World

Hello World in AntEdit

Create a directory "My Project". Use a text editor such as Kate, Gedit or Notepad to create a file called build.xml within directory "My Project":

   <?xml version="1.0"?>
   <project name="My Project" default="hello">
       <target name="hello">
          <echo>Hello World!</echo>
       </target>
   </project>

The first line in the file is flush left. It tells ant that this is an XML file:

  <?xml version="1.0"?>

The next line names the (required) project "My Project" and its default target "hello":

  <project name="My Project" default="hello">

The central three lines name and define the only target ("hello") and task ("echo") in the file:

      <target name="hello">
         <echo>Hello World!</echo>
      </target>

You can now open a shell and cd to the "My Project" directory you created and type "ant"

Output of Hello WorldEdit

  Buildfile: build.xml
  
  hello: 
     [echo] Hello World!
  
  Build Successful
  Total time 0 seconds

VariationsEdit

Try changing the echo line to be the following:

  <echo message="Hello There!"></echo>

What is the result? Try the following also:

<echo message="Hello There!"/>

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Last modified on 6 March 2013, at 13:31