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From Peter Donald <pe...@apache.org>
Subject Re: invocation api
Date Sun, 16 Dec 2001 09:13:26 GMT
I just added these items to the action list - thanks!

On Fri, 14 Dec 2001 10:50, Adam Murdoch wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I'd like to suggest another item for the Ant1.9 action list:  An invocation
> API which would allow Ant to be embedded inside other apps (such as GUIs,
> IDEs, build schedulers, build servlets, etc).
>
> Right now, invoking Ant is not as clean as it could be - for example, you
> can use Main.start() and give up control over a bunch of things, or you can
> copy and hack Main.  The goal of this task is to come up with a cleaner and
> more flexible way of doing this, by pushing the container related code from
> Main and Project behind an API.
>
> This task would involve putting together an API which would allow an app
> to:
>
> - Create a project from a bunch of sources - file, InputStream, URL, SAX
> events, etc.
> - Configure a project:
>    - set classloader.
>    - set user properties.
>    - add task and datatype definitions.
>    - add/remove listeners
>    - add/remove loggers.
> - Get meta-info about the targets in the project (just a tiny subset for
> now):
>    - name
>    - description
> - Execute a task, or a set of tasks.
>
> There's a bunch of extra stuff an invocation API *could* do - I wanted to
> keep the initial list short and reasonably well-defined.  Some things that
> might be good to add later:
>
> - A similar API that a task can use to invoke a target in either the same
> project or another project.
> - Adding tasklibs, vfs mount points, etc.
> - Managing the project definition: things like adding and removing targets
> and tasks, setting task attributes, etc.
> - Expose a more general task engine API.
>
> Any interest in something like this?  I'd be happy to do the work.
>
>
> Adam

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Cheers,

Pete

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