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Subject RE: [PATCH] New <case> task
Date Wed, 11 Oct 2000 03:13:29 GMT

Just curious as to whether there is a specific problem that you are trying to
overcome with the addition of this task.  It usually helps me if I can associate
a given solution with the problem it's trying to overcome.


     Glen Stampoultzis

Jose Alberto Fernandez <> on 11/10/2000 11:01:14 AM

Please respond to

To:   "''" <>
cc:    (bcc: Glen Stampoultzis/ITD/MEL/Ansett/AU)
Subject:  RE: [PATCH] New <case> task

If we were to follow this line of thought to their last consequences,
We should remove <available> because we should be doing that with scripts.
I see no difference what so ever between setting a property based on the
existance of a file or setting a property based on a value.

To me scripting is using a cannon ball to kill a fly. Why do I need to have
BSF installed and learn javascript, or netrexx or some other language AND
download the interpreter for such language just to be able to make decision
based on a value.

With respect to whether we are going procedural here, I was very careful on
the construct to stay declarative. The case statement is one of the
constructs allowed in every single declarative language I know, from PROLOG
(where you do it with unification) to all the functional languages and the
parallel declarative languages as well.
This is not more procedural than <available>. Actually, <available> is more
procedural, given that it can check external resources that can be change
depending on the execution order.

I am offering this task because I think it is a functionality that should be
in ANTs core, and not be in some optional part of ANT that requires you to
download extra stuff and learn extra languajes.

I hope you agree with my point of view.

Jose Alberto

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Sean Brandt []
> Sent: Tuesday, October 10, 2000 5:48 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: [PATCH] New <case> task
>     Hmm, with the advent of dynamic properties, scripting
> really should be the
> answer for this type of problem, IMHO. Perhaps there should
> be a contrib package
> of useful utility scripts?
> - Sean Brandt

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