Update your app VERSION using ant

This is just a quick tip in case someone needs it. Maybe when you compile your flash application or your swc library you want to automatically update the “ VERSION” number too without do it manually every time.

This is the way I do. In the “compile” task I’ve added a depends link to this ant task:
<target name="update-version">
<propertyset id="tdate"></propertyset>
<tstamp>
<format property="tdate" pattern="yyyyMMdd"/>
</tstamp>
<buildnumber file="build.number"/>
<echo>updating version to current datetime: ${tdate}</echo>
<replaceregexp byline="true">
<regexp pattern="public static const BUILD_DATE: String = \'([0-9]+)'"/>
<substitution expression="public static const BUILD_DATE: String = '${tdate}'"/>
<fileset dir="src/it/sephiroth/somestuff">
<include name="Library.as"/>
</fileset>
</replaceregexp>
<replaceregexp byline="true">
<regexp pattern="public static const BUILD_NUMBER: String = \'([0-9\.]+)'"/>
<substitution expression="public static const BUILD_NUMBER: String = '${build.number}'"/>
<fileset dir="src/it/sephiroth/somestuff">
<include name="Library.as"/>
</fileset>
</replaceregexp>
</target>
The 2 optional tasks I’ve used are: BuildNumber task and ReplaceRegExp Task. In this way every time I do an ant compile, it will update my build number and modification date.
What this task does is find this 2 lines in my Library.as file:

public static const BUILD_DATE: String = ‘20100131’;

and

public static const BUILD_NUMBER: String = ‘5’;

then replace the BUILD_DATE const with the current date and the BUILD_NUMBER with an incremental build number. After being executed the first time, ant will also create a new file in your directory called “build.number” with the latest build number int.
  • Joeri

    Nice, I was just thinking about it this weekend and wanted to make something like this, saves me some time to do something else! 🙂
    I would also like the SVN revision number in, but I might use your ‘template’ to create a thing like that. (Or do you happen to have something for it already?)