what is apache ant?

hello,
so far i have been developing in netbeans and when i build a web project in netbeans it crates  .war file for me. i hv heard  about ant and now i want to know about it...so the questions are...
what is apache ant?how to use it?what are the advantage and disadvantages?
thanks,bye
mithunda5011Asked:
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mithunda5011Author Commented:
thanks very much....but i dun hv thate time to read :(....i just need 5-6 lines of exaplanations and 1-2 examples...once again you have my thanks
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"Apache Ant is a Java-based build tool. In theory, it is kind of like make, without make's wrinkles."

http://ant.apache.org/manual/index.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apache_Ant

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