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Ecplise: Should I ran Ant via External Tools or as a Builder?

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I'm new to Ant, but my Eclipse project needs to be built by Ant before it will run. As I see it, there are two ways to run Ant: Either I run Ant via the External Tools menu, or I can create a Builder of type Ant Build. What is the difference between the two?

I notice that the Builder may give me the option of running Ant build continuously, rather than just when I want to run the program. Why would I want to run Ant continously? What's the point of building the program when I'm not planning to run it?

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theres no difference between the two
the advantage of running it continuously is that it will pick up any build errors as soon as they appear, letting u fix them ealier.

> What's the point of building the program when I'm not planning to run it?

part of the build may be to run things like unit tests
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