Apache Ant vs. JRebel

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Apache Ant
Score 8.0 out of 10
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Apache Ant is a Java library and command-line tool whose mission is to drive processes described in build files as targets and extension points dependent upon each other. The main known usage of Ant is the build of Java applications. Ant supplies a number of built-in tasks allowing to compile, assemble, test and run Java applications.N/A
JRebel
Score 8.0 out of 10
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JRebel is a build automation tool developed by Estonian company ZeroTurnaround, acquired by Rogue Wave Software in 2017, and then acquired (and now supported by) Perforce since that company's 2019 acquisition of Rogue Wave. The vendor says users of JRebel saves Java teams a month of coding time per year on average.N/A
Pricing
Apache AntJRebel
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Apache AntJRebel
Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Enterprises
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User Ratings
Apache AntJRebel
Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
(1 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Performance
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10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Apache AntJRebel
Likelihood to Recommend
Apache
Apache Ant is suitable for the scenarios where central repository is not required for your developed application and It has a great architecture with less complexity and the situation where automated configuration is needed then Apache Ant is not suitable for that use case. Apache Ant is easy to use tool.
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Perforce Software
I recommend JRebel for Java developers, it will remove the time needed for redeployment, it will increase the focus on the task at hand (without being distracted by the redeployment) and will make them happier. I recommend JRebel for Java Development Managers, they should purchase this for their teams - it will increase productivity, decrease the product's time to market, and it will save money for the company. The ROI can be calculated upfront and presented to higher level management for approving this, if needed.
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Pros
Apache
  • Support non java application development as well
  • Flexible
  • XML scripting
  • Support any platform
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Perforce Software
  • Deploys all layout changes consistently (when Instant Run was initially available, you couldn't tell if the change you made to a layout was actually being tested or not).
  • Doesn't require a full build as often as Instant Run when changing code.
  • Works with compile time annotation libraries like Realm, etc.
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Cons
Apache
  • Better lifecycle management can be done
  • So much configuration details needs to provide
  • Order of the flow needs to define in advance
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Perforce Software
  • It worked great, no big cons
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Performance
Apache
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Perforce Software
The performance of JRebel is great. It is enabling the Java team to do hot re-deployments and it has to be transparent and fast for the user, otherwise the whole purpose of reducing wasted time with re-deployments doesn't make sense. Also the User Interface for License Server management and analytics loads fast and the navigation through pages is quick.
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Alternatives Considered
Apache
Compare to other tools like Eclipse or Jenkins, Apache Ant is really easy to use tool. and It is very flexible tool which can be learn in couple of days time. And Apache ant help to write the custom java based hooks which enable more capabilities and features in the application
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Perforce Software
Hot code swapping doesn't have many players...it's mainly JRebel. We use JRebel a lot in our backend code development where it minimizes our development cycle (20min down to 30sec). For Android, the competitor is Android Studio's Instant Run which works fairly well now. For smaller apps, Instant Run is faster deploying but needs more full builds. With JRebel, you hardly ever need to do a full build.
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Return on Investment
Apache
  • Overall positive impact
  • Speed up the development process
  • Easy deployment process
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Perforce Software
  • It sped up the developing time, and time is money for the company.
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