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From "Conor MacNeill" <co...@cognet.com.au>
Subject Re: TStamp - custom formats
Date Wed, 03 Jan 2001 12:03:52 GMT
Thomas,

Before I commit your patch, I'd like to understand the usefulness of it. As
I understand it, it seeks to add two new "hardcoded" properties, DSTAMP-1,
and TSTAMP-1 for yesterday's date and the last hour. I'm not sure exactly
why they are useful. If they are useful, why not add others like DSTAMP+1
for tomorrow or even one for last week or last month. I hope you can see
what I am getting at.

Do you think it would be desirable to allow a more general solution to this
requirement for offsets. Using Rob's updated approach, we could extend it
thus

<tstamp>
    <format property="TODAY_UK" pattern="d MMMM yyyy" offset="-1"
unit="day">
</tstamp>

While handling the units may be somewhat tedious, it is more flexible. You
could do something like

<tstamp>
    <format property="LicenceExpiryDate" pattern="dd/MM/yyyy" offset="7"
unit="day">
</tstamp>

to define a licence expiry date, for example. It also avoids adding further
implicit property names. Also the following

<tstamp>
    <format property="DSTAMP-1" pattern="yyyyMMdd" offset="-1" unit="day">
</tstamp>

would handle your needs, I think.

What do you think?

Sorry for the late feedback :-)

Conor


----- Original Message -----
From: "Thomas Christen" <chr@active.ch>
To: <ant-dev@jakarta.apache.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 02, 2001 11:28 PM
Subject: AW: TStamp - custom formats


> I'd greatly appreciate if my patch finally would be applied.
>
> Regards
> Thomas
> > -----Urspr√ľngliche Nachricht-----
> > Von: Rob Oxspring [mailto:roxspring@yahoo.com]
> > Gesendet am: Samstag, 30. Dezember 2000 19:14
> > An: ant-dev@jakarta.apache.org
> > Betreff: Re: TStamp - custom formats
> >
> > The locale in the TODAY property is currently hard-coded to US but the
> > pattern is also hard coded as "MMMM d yyyy" so I'm not sure why the
locale
> > is mentioned.  This could be changed to default to java's LONG US
format,
> > but I *think* that Java takes this information from the OS, and
> > in Windows,,
> > at least, you can change the long format to be whatever you choose.  I
> > really don't want to break the default behaviour and so would
> > like to avoid
> > playing with the existing properties.  However maybe an alternative to
> > specifying a pattern for a date property would be to specify [locale
and]
> > size attributes and let java handle the rest; does anybody want this?
> >
> > Concerning other tstamp patches:  I haven't been hanging around
> > ant-dev for
> > that long so sorry if i've reinvented the wheel.  I've just had a quick
> > trawl through the ant-dev archives and have spotted the patch from
Thomas
> > Christen to allow fields with offset date/times, presumably this was
the
> > first patch?  I haven't been able to find any others, so what did
> > the Scott
> > Carlson one do? I'm quite happy to take the three patches away and
merge
> > them together, especially since I want to alter mine to stop it
overriding
> > existing properties anyway.
> >
> > Rob
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Marvin Greenberg" <MGreenberg@Eidea.com>
> > To: <ant-dev@jakarta.apache.org>
> > Sent: Friday, December 29, 2000 12:39 AM
> > Subject: RE: TStamp - custom formats
> >
> >
> > > Although this is useful in its own right, isn't the "correct" thing
> > > to do to add an attribute to tstamp that changes the locale for the
> > > TODAY variable or, better, use DateFormat in a way that respects the
> > > locale? See DateFormat.getDateInstance(DateFormat.MEDIUM) and
> > > DateFormat in general.
> > >
> > > Marvin
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Diane Holt [mailto:holtdl@yahoo.com]
> > > Sent: Thursday, December 28, 2000 7:01 PM
> > > To: ant-dev@jakarta.apache.org
> > > Subject: Re: TStamp - custom formats
> > >
> > >
> > > Very cool. I'm already usin' it, and lovin' it.
> > >
> > > Nicely done! -- Hope it gets committed,
> > > Diane
> > >
> > > --- Rob Oxspring <roxspring@yahoo.com> wrote:
> > > > I've just modified my copy of the Tstamp task, and thought others
may
> > > > want to use/commit it.  It adds the capability of creating
properties
> > > > with any format that the SimpleDateFormat class can handle.
> > This means
> > > > that we are no longer restricted to the US style (eg UK) and can
add
> > > > other stuff such as zimetone and era (should anybody have a
> > need!). The
> > > > default behaviour is unchanged, and the only downside is that it
sets
> > > > properties just as the rest of Tstamp does and does not tread
> > carefully
> > > > as the property task does - is this a problem?. The extended
> > syntax is:
> > > >
> > > > <tstamp>
> > > >     <property name="TODAY_UK" pattern="d MMMM yyyy">
> > > > </tstamp>
> > > >
> > > > This will add a property TODAY_UK to the project with the value in
the
> > > > format: "28 December 2000"
> > > >
> > > > Hope its useful
> > > >
> > > > Rob
> >
> >
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