Non-Ant project builders
When we worked through our project builder example, you may have noticed
that when we created our project builder as an Ant buildfile kind. This time we will choose the Program kind when we
create a project builder.
The Program option is essentially a catch-all, allowing you to define an external tool for any executable
file that is accessible on your local or network file system. Suppose that instead of Ant, you prefer to use your own
shell scripts or Windows
.bat files to jar up and deploy your Eclipse projects. You would then create a
Program external tool that specified where and how to execute your script.
- Create a script that performs your preferred deployment steps.
- Select the project that you wish to build in one of the navigation views, and choose Properties from the
- Select Builders, click New..., select Program and click OK.
- The External Tools dialog appears, configured for Program type tools.
- Enter the location of your script, its working directory, and any required arguments.
- In this case, the script is a Windows
.bat file, but it could be a Linux shell script, a Perl
script or just about anything else that can be executed on your system.
- The Refresh and Build Options tabs are identical to the tabs we saw for Ant project builders. In
particular, the Build Options tab allows us to control what types of builds trigger our project builder
- Apply the changes, and click OK.
- As with Ant project builders, we can control the ordering of this project builder with respect to other project
builders (such as the default Java builder for Java
- Rebuild your project. This will trigger your script to execute. Any output it generates will be sent to the
Ant is a popular tool for configuring and deploying projects. But if you prefer some other tool, or prefer to do
it yourself, you can set up a Program external tool project builder. This allows you customize the deployment of your
project as you see fit, while keeping the convenience of automatically running your script every time your project is
Creating Ant buildfiles
Editing Ant buildfiles
Saving & Reusing Ant options
Running Ant buildfiles
Creating a project builder Ant buildfile
Ant buildfiles as project builders
Executing project builders
Stand-alone external tools