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JAVA: How do I set ECLIPSE to automatically create a JAR file for my application?

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Greetings,

I have a medium-complexity project with a few applications within it.

I have successfully created a JAR file on my desktop that I can run with java -jar AppC.jar

I created the JAR by right clicking on my project and choosing to export.

I would like this to occur automatically everytime I build the project, so that I don't have to spend the time to go through the menus myself.

Note: My reason for doing this is because running the app from the eclipse IDE is worthless to me, I need the command line

Thanks for your time

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I'd suggest writing an ant script that builds your project and creates a JAR from it.
you can then use this build script from eclipse.

more on ant:
http://ant.apache.org/

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Can you recommend a good tutorial on how to set one up?

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Thanks, I'll get to that soon!
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If you're not committed to Eclipse, i'd recommend using Netbeans. It integrates completely with Ant and in fact does what you require by default anyway

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I think that is wise advice CEHJ -- After using eclipse for two months, I'm starting to think that the only people who recommend it are the people who develop it.

I can say very few good things about it.

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Well actually when i recommend N over E here i usually find myself in a minority of one ;-) Having used both, i find the main reason for preferring the former is actually the Ant thing.

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