Locians, A subproject of Jakarta is ANT which is a java based build tool. Make is the standard build tool, but is very dependant on OS and platform. ANT strives for platform independance. http://jakarta.apache.org/ant/index.html "Ant is different. Instead a model where it is extended with shell based commands, it is extended using Java classes. Instead of writing shell commands, the configuration files are XML based calling out a target tree where various tasks get executed. Each task is run by an object which implements a particular Task interface. " -- .david David Lapointe If you're not living on the edge, you're taking up too much space.