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From Stefan Bodewig <>
Subject Re: A Question About ANT
Date Fri, 05 Feb 2010 05:03:45 GMT
On 2010-02-05, Mohammed Aziz Parande <> wrote:

> I am a graduate student in the Department of Information Systems at the
> University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). I am doing research in the
> area of software engineering. I would very much appreciate if you could
> answer the following questions of mine:

I'm glad you've found your way to the project's mailing list ;-)

> 1. I was wondering if ANT has gone under any major restructuring/redesign
> initiative in its history.

About nine years ago a major restructuring has been discussed, several
competing proposals for what was supposed to become Ant2 were made.
Search the archives of late 2000 up to spring 2001 for "Ant2".  In the
end it was decided that any "big bang" redesign was too disruptive for
the Ant developer community and we decided to stick with the design of
that time and gradually evolved from there.

So no, there has never been any major structural redesign, in fact Ant
1.8.0 will be largely API compatible to Ant of nine years ago even
though the implementation has changed a lot.


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