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From "Jon Skeet" <jon.sk...@peramon.com>
Subject RE: preferred way of using other tasks programatically
Date Wed, 17 Apr 2002 14:03:44 GMT
> I was wondering if someone could suggest a good way to make 
> use of other
> tasks from within a task.  I would for example like to use the <mkdir>
> functionality from within a custom task.  In the case of <mkdir> the
> corresponding Java class only has an execute() method (and a setDir()
> method), which doesn't make it very straight forward or 
> elegant.  So maybe
> there is a preferred way to refactor tasks, which then allows 
> me to use them
> programatically.
> 
> I only mentioned <mkdir> to exemplify, I actually would like 
> to use other
> custom tasks programatically.  But it seems like it should be 
> a quite common pattern to base a task on other tasks.

Continuing with mkdir as an example: is seems pretty straightforward to me:

o Create the task
o Configure it
o Execute it

That's what Ant does, with more bits in between for dependencies etc, so it should be fairly
reliable.

What would you consider more straightforward?

Jon

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