Chapter 1. Introduction

Why Have Code Conventions

Code conventions are important to software developers for a number of reasons:

These same reasons apply to build engineers maintaining Ant build files.

Keep in mind that these are guidelines, not hard and fast rules. The ultimate goal is readability and maintainability.

These guidelines have been compiled from the Ant user guide, Sun's Java coding style guidelines, example build files from various Jakarta applications, and e-mail messages on the Ant mailing lists.