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From "Steve Loughran" <stev...@iseran.com>
Subject Re: cvs commit: jakarta-ant/src/main/org/apache/tools/ant Main.java Diagnostics.java
Date Thu, 27 Jun 2002 17:08:13 GMT

----- Original Message -----
From: "Patrick (Gus) Heck" <patrick.heck@olin.edu>
To: "Ant Developers List" <ant-dev@jakarta.apache.org>
Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2002 7:36 AM
Subject: Re: cvs commit: jakarta-ant/src/main/org/apache/tools/ant Main.java
Diagnostics.java


> As good as it gets?
>
> I like the whopper sized error message, I think it is better than
> listing what classes are in/not in. Frankly, I think it is one of the
> best error messages I have ever seen. It actually gives you a selection
> of likely solutions then and there. You don't have to search the docs to
> divine the solutions. That is very user friendly, and I found it quite
> helpful when I ran into it. I doubt a list of what classes were and
> wern't there would be nearly as helpful, because the user would just
> think, "Ant has a bug, it's not loading all of it's classes correctly."

why thank you.

> Listing what is in/not in could be helpful for developers, but not so
> much for users who won't know why the class isn't in (until they read
> the whopper sized error message).

well, the ultimate goal would be for that message to distinguish what the
real cause and give specific details, for the users that dont want to read a
big message, or dont understand it.


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