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The Ant component is designed to bring the power of Ant and Eclipse together.
Ant is a Java based build tool. In theory it is kind of like make without
make's wrinkles. It exists independent of Eclipse as an <a target="_blank" href="" target="_top">Apache
open source project</a>. Integrating Ant into Eclipse means:
<li>Executing Ant buildfiles from Eclipse</li>
<li>Enabling access to Eclipse resources/function from Ant buildfiles (i.e.,
providing Ant tasks for Eclipse)</li>
<li>Providing UI support for running Ant buildfiles and managing their output</li>
<li>Providing Ant buildfile development facilities (e.g., buildfile editors,
debuggers, ...)</li>
The goal of this component is to make Eclipse's Ant tooling the environment
of choice for Ant users and support Eclipse-based developers in their
product build requirements.