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From Jose Alberto Fernandez <>
Subject RE: Javaworld Article about Ant
Date Mon, 23 Oct 2000 20:44:07 GMT
> From: []
> At 12:45 PM -0700 10/23/00, Jose  Alberto Fernandez wrote:
> >The funny thing is the article subtitle is:
> >"Introducing the powerful XML-based scripting tool, Ant"
> >and we keep on fighting that ANT is not a scripting language...
> Oh, but to be honest, it really is, in XML clothing. Now, we just 
> need a way to define tasks within ANT itself... With BSF, that should 
> be quite doable.

Yes, I have some ideas on how to do this, but I have not had the time to
try them out. I think that is the main missing feature in the ANT <->
connection. How good is scripting if I cannot define new tasks with it.

BTW, can someone tell me how to do introspection on a piece of BSF script?
I would like to find out what functions are defined on a script.
And its parameter type information. 

Is that possible? I know very little about BSF, so some detailed steps
would be wonderful. Let assume I just have the script as text.

Jose Alberto

> (BTW, we're now using ant to build Mozilla Rhino.)
> - Patrick
> -- 
> // Patrick C. Beard
> // Java Runtime Enthusiast -- "Will invoke interfaces for food."
> //

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