I’ve been hacking around with Make, Rake, and Ant build files, learning just enough to remain dangerous. So far, I feel the most comfortable with Rake, the Ruby version of Make. I like how it provides access to Bash commands but also has its own API. Recently another tool caught my interest:
On a broader level, these questions touch on the issue that I, and I’m sure many other web developers, have regarding the balance between chasing after the newest, shiniest things and deepening my understanding of more established technologies.