Build and deployment scripts using “real” programming languages

Like many teams, I’m sure, we are trying to squeeze every drop of effectiveness out of our time. Manual build and deployment not only takes up valuable time, but also acts as a drag on the development process. Anything which pulls developers out of “the zone” is a bad thing for productivity. We usually use …

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building an executable jar from other jars

I started the day cursing the stupid jar format, but ended the day smiling. I needed to build a stand-alone executable jar which accessed a MySQL database but kept getting all sorts of build-time and run-time errors. Normally to make an executable jar I use the excellent pack ant task which build a minimal jar …

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