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From Peter Donald <>
Subject Re: executing task for each file in file set
Date Wed, 23 May 2001 04:31:23 GMT
At 04:25 PM 5/22/01 -0400, Daniel Barclay wrote:
>I was asking more about how solid a set of standard features Ant tries 
>to provide.
>(Obviously, Ant provides a lot, but with its inconsistencies and 
>limitations and the frequent suggestions to just write custom tasks for 
>(arguably) generally-useful features made me wonder what the philosophy
>of the designers was and whether arguing for cleaning up various features
>would be likely enough to be successful to be worth the effort.)

I say go for it ;)

Try to think of it in a similar way to design of servlets. There is a
servlet API and numerous servlet frameworks (I think we need one more +1 to
make the distinction official though).

We will probably have a Task API (similar to Servlet API) and a task
framework (similar to turbine/struts/other). The task framework is where
all the "work" is done like defining filesets, filtersets etc. As far as I
am concerned we should clean up all tasks to use same conventions and reuse
framework where possible. 



| "Faced with the choice between changing one's mind, |
| and proving that there is no need to do so - almost |
| everyone gets busy on the proof."                   |
|              - John Kenneth Galbraith               |

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