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From Steve Loughran <>
Subject Re: ComponentHelper replacement
Date Fri, 26 May 2006 13:29:27 GMT
Wolfgang Häfelinger wrote:
>>>My preference is to improve Ant's API. 
> I  would  like  to  see  Ant  evolving in such a way allowing 
> me to implement a framework like Maven on top of it. 
>>>So, the question is "can Ant evolve into a good Java API?"
> I have no doubt that it can be done, we just need to focus on
> it.
> However, why does it need to be a Java API? Let's just talk
> about a good API and treat Java as an implementation detail.
> I think it would be pretty cool to implement tasks (i.e. macros
> with a "native" implementation)  in  other languages as well (I
> would love to see Python supported).

<scriptdef> lets you do this inline, though python's space rules make 
the resulting XML files look a bit messy.

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