When software projects become large its is often helpful for developers to create build or make file that assists the developer to quickly "compile" new code. Although designed for Java the Apache Ant system can be used to create build files for Joomla developers, it is especially useful because it is installed be default in Eclipse which is an IDE often used by Joomla! extension developers. Creating an Ant build file for your projects will greatly expedite the following frequent tasks.
Creating accurate xml manifest file lists Generating new Joomla install archives Updating development/debug server files Uploading new archives to release sites