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.
.batfile, but it could be a Linux shell script, a Perl script or just about anything else that can be executed on your system.
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 built.
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