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Example code from Linguist:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1"?>
<project name="WebBuild">

    <!-- generate timestamps -->
    <tstamp />

    <!-- Debugging Macro -->
    <import file="echopath.xml" />

    <!-- JS build files macro -->
    <import file="rhinoscript.xml" />

    <!-- Component Build Files -->
    <import file="setup.xml" />
    <import file="clean.xml" />
    <import file="copy.xml" />
    <import file="file.transform.xml" />
    <import file="external.tools.xml" />
    <import file="rename.xml" />
    <import file="js.xml" />
    <import file="css.xml" />
    <import file="img.xml" />
    <import file="png8.xml" />
    <import file="yui.xml" />
    <import file="cdn.xml" />
    <import file="datauri.xml" />
    <import file="devlive.xml" />

    <!-- This dirname is the only complete path we know for sure, everything builds off of it -->
    <dirname property="dir.build" file="${ant.file.WebBuild}" />

    <!-- get name for newly built folder -->
    <basename property="app.name"       file="${basedir}" />

    <!-- read global properties file -->
    <property file="${dir.build}\build.properties" />

    <!-- Build Directories -->
    <property name="dir.build.js"   location="${dir.build}/js" />

    <!-- App Directories -->
    <property name="dir.app"        location="${dir.result}/${app.name}" />
    <property name="dir.app.temp"   location="${dir.temp}/${app.name}" />
    <property name="dir.app.files"  location="${dir.app.temp}/${dir.files}" />

    <!-- Files -->
    <property name="mapping.js"     location="${dir.app.temp}/${mapping.file.js}" />
    <property name="mapping.css"    location="${dir.app.temp}/${mapping.file.css}" />
    <property name="mapping.img"    location="${dir.app.temp}/${mapping.file.img}" />
    <property name="mapping.swf"    location="${dir.app.temp}/${mapping.file.swf}" />
    <property name="mapping.fonts"  location="${dir.app.temp}/${mapping.file.fonts}" />

    <!-- Tool Directories -->
    <property name="dir.bin"    location="${dir.build}/Bin" />
    <property name="dir.jar"    location="${dir.bin}/jar" />

    <!-- Tool Files -->
	<property name="tools.compressor"     location="${dir.jar}/${tools.file.compressor}" />
	<property name="tools.cssembed"       location="${dir.jar}/${tools.file.cssembed}" />
    <property name="tools.filetransform"  location="${dir.jar}/${tools.file.filetransform}" />
    <property name="tools.optipng"        location="${dir.bin}/${tools.file.optipng}" />
    <property name="tools.jpegtran"       location="${dir.bin}/${tools.file.jpegtran}" />


    <!-- BUILD TARGETS -->

    <!-- low level utility build targets -->

    <!-- Build the tools -->
    <target name="-setup.build.tools"
            depends="-define.filetransform, -define.cssembed, -define.yuicompressor, -define.jsclasspath"
    />

    <!-- set up filesystem properties -->
    <target
        name="-setup"
        depends="-setup.mode, -setup.conditions, -setup.js, -setup.css, -setup.swf, -setup.img, -setup.fonts, -setup.yui"
    />

    <!-- utility-ish targets -->
    <target name="copy"         depends="clean, tools, -copy" />
    <target name="tools"        depends="-setup.build.tools" />
    <target name="finalize"     depends="copy, -finalize" />
    <target name="-prepare"     depends="copy, -setup" />

    <!-- individual component build targets (empty descriptions are to make sure they show in "ant -p") -->
    <target name="devlive"      depends="-prepare, -devlive"            description="" />
    <target name="js"           depends="-prepare, -js"                 description="" />
    <target name="css"          depends="-prepare, -css"                description="" />
    <target name="rename"       depends="-prepare, -rename"             description="" />
    <target name="yui"          depends="-prepare, rename, -yui"        description="" />
    <target name="cdn"          depends="-prepare, -cdn"                description="" />

    <!-- high level build targets (Excluding of images is on purpose here, it's slow) -->
    <target name="core"
            depends="devlive, js, css, cdn, rename, yui, -js.inline"
            description="Core build work"
    />

    <target name="prod"
            depends="core, finalize"
            description="Full Production Build"
    />

    <!-- debug target -->
    <target name="debug" depends="-setup">
        <echoproperties/>
    </target>

</project>

Last updated August 22nd, 2019