Apache Ant updated to 1.8
Apache's Ant, one of the first and most widely used build tools for Java applications, has been updated to version 1.8. The new release includes improvements to directory scanning performance and handling of symbolic link cycles, found on Mac OS X Java installations for example, which results in "dramatic" performance improvements on large directory trees. A large directory scan which took 14 minutes with Ant 1.7.1 take as little as 22 seconds with Ant 1.8.
Other changes include the addition of lexically scoped local properties, the ability for <import> to import from any file or URL resource and a rewritten, easier mechanism for developers to extend Ant's property expansion. Ant 1.8 now requires at least Java 1.4 or later and full details of the changes are available in the release notes file. Binary versions of Ant are available to download and source code is available from the projects SVN repository. Apache Ant is made available under the Apache 2.0 licence.