I recently got pointed to that link: http://java.dzone.com/news/ant-18-scanning-leaves-171
I read the news with some pleasure reminding me that I still like Ant based builds very much over Maven in many cases.
Of course there are a lot of well maintained projects on the web that work very well with Maven. You never know how many enthusiasts-hours have been spent to make that happen. However, in...
Typical Ant projects are designed to deliver a single jar as a result. One has to know how the name of the jar and the place it is stored.
But Ant can also be used in a more functional style 'returning' a rich set of results on a target invocation.