Why do we need Java ant. I know that it incrementally compiles java source code and provides a way for the programmer to define this process in an XML file. I dont know Ant!!!
Why cant i write my application in an Netbeans IDE (which comes with TOMCAT), and let the IDE worry about compiling and running the code, which ever way it wants to. Why do i need Ant then. It adds over head...to learn Ant and write the build process (in XML). The IDE comes with Tomcat which i learnt just now. Since yesterday, i have been spending time dowloading TOMCAT and JavaANT and setting environment variables.. Can any one help me understand why i should not let IDE worry about everything?
and this process does not tell me how to link these separate tools to make a java application