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From Stefan Bodewig <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] New <case> task
Date Wed, 11 Oct 2000 08:28:07 GMT
Jose Alberto, I think I understand your needs, but really, this is
something that would be stretching my picture of Ant way to far.

What you propose might be purely declarative but it points into a
direction I really don't want to see Ant traveling. I share Pete's
view that soon thereafter somebody would come and say
<if>/<elseif>/<else> is yet another way to write <case>. After that
comes "why do we only set properties, we could call a target like
antcall does as well" ....

No, please lets not get onto that road.

I think what you - together with others who ask for procedural
features, template mechanisms and the like - want to achieve, could be
the driving force of a front end to Ant that encapsulates all this,
creates a (possible ugly) build file and feeds it to Ant. Preferably
this would work without actually writing that file - generating SAX
events for example.

Would you be interested in helping to develop such a front end? This
might as well help us moving some parts out of Ant's core that don't
really seem to belong there (though I doubt Pete and I agree on which
parts that might be).


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