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From "Jon Skeet" <>
Subject RE: DO NOT REPLY [Bug 7153] - Need additional Microsoft Visual SourceSafe Tasks
Date Mon, 18 Mar 2002 22:38:52 GMT
> Anyone out there interested in being a committer for VSS Ant tasks?
> Also, the telnet task uses ORO NetComponents which has had  
> lack of support for
> some time now. I would try posting something to the 
> NetComponents yahoo group
> and see if anyone is interested in being a commiter for the 
> NetComponents
> related tasks in Ant. The group is here:

As a committer who uses VSS for work anyway, I could try to look after these tasks to some
extent. The second thing needed is an extensive refactoring - they're horrible atm. I say
the second as the first thing that's needed is something I'm no good at: tests. I believe
we should try to get a test suite which can be pointed at an existing but empty VSS database
and run a whole series of tests, doing just about everything required. I'd be happy to *help*
on that front (although not until mid-April, due to various other commitments) but I'm not
the right person to design the tests, really.

Once the tests are written, I'd be happy to run them whenever they're required and check new
patches to the VSS tree.

I do sometimes wonder whether Ant itself is the right place for tasks like this though, even
in the optional package. I know I'm only saying what others have said in the past, and it
sounds like the good people designing the various Ant2 proposals are trying to make it much
more modular and plug-n-play. Things like VSS and VAJ support would be better (IMO) as small
SourceForge (or whatever) projects in their own right, with links from the Ant website.

Anyway, the offer of "hosting" tests (and looking through code - I had to do it myself when
I first got into Ant, IIRC) stands.


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