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From "Jose Alberto Fernandez" <>
Subject Re: PROPOSAL: loading tasks from jars for Ant 1.5
Date Wed, 10 Oct 2001 21:13:49 GMT
From: "Sam Ruby" <>

> Ovidiu Predescu wrote:
> >
> > A simpler solution to the one proposed above is to this is to allow
> > antlib to appear inside a <target> element. This way one can write the
> > build.xml file that builds a new antlib in a target, and makes use of
> > it in another target. Something like this:
> > [snip]
> > I'm not sure what are the implications with the current class loader
> > mechanisms, but a solution can probably be worked out.
> I believe that some of the Ant 2.x designs are conducive to such an
> approach, but the last time I looked, this was problematic with the current
> design.
> The root problem is (was?) that tasks objects are created and then executed
> one by one.  It is hard to create a strongly typed task object when the
> task has not been defined just yet.

So, Are we planning in ANT2 to change or deprecate <taskdef>? It works the same way.
My point is that either you can declare both inside <target> or non of them. There is
absolutely no reason to be inconsistent here. 

Jose Alberto
> - Sam Ruby

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