Perforce is attempting to march its Software Configuration Management (SCM) system towards the popular Java-based build tool Apache Ant, with the recent release of P4Ant. Essentially a "product integration," this amalgamation of technologies includes support for Agile development and continuous integration in large distributed environments.
With additional support for continuous build features, Perforce says that P4Ant will also leverage "shelving" functions so that build engineers can test changes made in distributed development and build environments before submitting them to the project. P4Ant also supports tasks that provide information on the latest changes and that link builds to Perforce's built-in defect-tracking system.
"Using P4Ant gives Java developers powerful agile tools for managing their source code and building projects faster," said Dave Robertson, VP International at Perforce Software. "As development teams grow and projects become more complex, developers need systems that easily scale to support large globally distributed JEE projects."