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From Wolfgang Häfelinger <whaefelin...@epo.org>
Subject Re: ComponentHelper replacement
Date Fri, 26 May 2006 14:05:38 GMT
>> <scriptdef> lets you do this inline, though python's space rules make 
>> the resulting XML files look a bit messy.

<scriptdef> is a feature I'm not particular happy with. It makes me depend 
on specific languages
and features. My framework consists basically of macros build on top of 
other macros or "native"
tasks (either standard Ant task or custom tasks implement by me).

So looking at my framework's XML code, I can hardly see any Java 
dependencies with the 
exception of <taskdef> (I can probably also get rid of it using a property 
file).






Steve Loughran <stevel@apache.org> 
26-05-2006 15:29
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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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