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From Stefan Bodewig <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] Nested Tasks
Date Tue, 30 Jan 2001 08:01:35 GMT
Conor MacNeill <> wrote:

> I think we need to have a debate about whether nested tasks is a
> desirable concept to implement.

So let me chip in, even if I don't have a very strong opinion on it

To me it's quite clear that asking, whether a TaskContainer concept
(I'd prefer that name as well) is desirable, boils down to "Do we want
to make it easier to write a foreach or a switch/case task?".

If we wanted to support such stuff with as little impact on Ant's core
as possible the TaskContainer approach looks like the way to go.

OK, being the "purist" that I am ;-) I must say no. There should
always be a better choice than writing tasks like these - take
<execon> for example.

On the other hand, there has been a very strong desire in the user
community by advanced users for such a feature. Use cases have been
provided that are quite inconvenient to solve without it.

So we have one reason in favor of it "it makes it possible to write a
<foreach> task" - which is not enough to make me vote >0 for that, not
at all - and one against it "it makes it possible to write a <foreach>
task" - which is not enough to make me veto it out (no thought police
here ;-).

This means I'm currently -0 on the issue unless somebody can give me a
better reason to include/exclude a TaskContainer feature.


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