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From Dominique Devienne <DDevie...@lgc.com>
Subject RE: Brent Rector on Msbuild vs Ant
Date Tue, 04 Nov 2003 22:24:21 GMT
> From: Steve Loughran [mailto:steve_l@iseran.com]
> 
> 1. Ant does not provide built-in target dependency analysis -a
> requirement for a scalable build system
> 
> [This has no impact on build files, merely effort to write new tasks. We
> do leave it to tasks, but they get to implement their own logic. Having
> to implement it yourself adds work to the task developers, but they get
> to write task specific rules. Like, for example, <jspc> knows the name
> mangling rules to go from .jsp files to valid java source files, and ftp
> knows about ftp sites and time zones.]

Target/file dependency analysis à-la make is available from Peter's
excellent <outofdate> task which can be found in the Ant-Contrib SF.net
project. (The term 'target analysis' is confusing in itself in the context
of Ant, which has <target>s and correctly deals with their dependencies)

--DD

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