Deployment Using the Force Platform Migration Tool
If you have been reading this book from the beginning, you have already used another deployment tool. The scripts you have used to update or refresh your development organization used the Force Platform Migration Tool.
The Force Platform Migration Tool is a library that is used in conjunction with Apache ANT. Apache ANT is a project that is used to run a series of scripts that define your deployment process. ANT is extensible, which means you can blend additional functionality into the basic scripting environment.
The Force Platform Migration Tool provides a higher level interface from ANT to the Metadata API, the same API used by the Force Platform IDE. You can use the scripts for this tool ...