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What Does Apache Ant Mean?

Apache Ant is a Java-based, open-source software build tool developed by the Apache Software Foundation. It is similar to the "make" utility, but is mainly functional on the Java platform. Unlike make, Ant scripts are written in XML to describe the build process and its dependencies. Portability and simplicity of use are two of the main benefits of Ant.

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Techopedia Explains Apache Ant

Ant is an acronym for "another neat tool." Sometimes the software is described as being similar to the insect that shares its name; although ants are very small, they can build large and well. Ant is commonly used on Java-based projects. It requires a Java platform and is implemented using Java language. Ant build files can easily be transferred to another platform because they inherit the Java platform’s independence.

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