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Difference between Ant and Maven

Difference between Ant and Maven:

AntMaven
Ant doesn’t has formal conventions such as a common project directory, so we need to provide information of the project structure in build.xml file.Maven consists of conventions to place source code, compiled code etc. So we don’t need to provide information about the project structure in pom.xml file.
Ant is procedural, we have to specifically order what should have to be done.Maven is declarative, it takes care of all the directories once the files are stored in the pom.xml file.
Ant does not have a life cycleMaven has a life cycle.
Ant is a tool box.Maven is a framework.
Ant is mainly a build tool.Maven is mainly a project management tool.
The scripts in Ant are not reusable.The maven plugins are reusable.
Ant is less preferred than Maven.Maven is more preferred than Ant.
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