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From Steve Loughran <>
Subject Re: classloader for 1.7
Date Wed, 23 Aug 2006 09:33:06 GMT
Peter Reilly wrote:
> If it is not a little too late, I would like to get a vote
> on including classloader into ant 1.7.
> (
> I have been playing with it the last week or so. It really makes
> working with antlibs, and scripting different languages very
> nice. For example: Rather that having a lot of jar files in ~/.ant/lib, I
> can
> have a number of directories that contain all that is needed
> for a particular language and load that into the build file. using a macro
>    <macrodef name="load-lang">
>        <attribute name="lang"/>
>        <sequential>
>            <classloader loader="project">
>                <classpath>
>                    <fileset dir="${user.home}/script-lang/@{lang}"/>
>                </classpath>
>            </classloader>
>        </sequential>
>    </macrodef>
> This is especially true for working with JDK 1.6 scripting - one needs
> an extra jar file for each language.
> I have been using classloader with netbeans, and my worry before about
> it messing up the classloader does not seem to be true. In fact, for groovy
> and ruby the start up cost of the language is done once, and after that
> scripts run very fast.

+1, with the caveat that we will pull it if it causes too many 
complaints. But I also give Kevin veto rights, he being release manager 
and all.

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