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From Jeffrey E Care <ca...@us.ibm.com>
Subject Re: Request - Native Java "Script" Support
Date Thu, 20 Sep 2012 16:45:36 GMT
Anders Rundgren <anders.rundgren@telia.com> wrote on 09/20/2012 09:27:10 
AM:

> I guess I knew that this idea wouldn't get a big hooray...
> 
> If you had tried NAnt you would probably agree that in-line Java
> is cooler than custom tasks because you (can) have the entire script
> in one file.
> 
> The proposal wasn't to satisfy my own needs but to serve a large base
> of Ant users who are considering jumping the ship for Maven and other
> tools.

I doubt I would agree.

In my experience anything sufficiently complicated that it can't be 
handled by the standard tasks is going to require non-trivial custom code. 
No matter what technology I'm using to implement that custom code (e.g. 
javascript, java, groovy) I'm not going to want to clutter up my build.xml 
with it. I'm going to want to use my regular development tools to write 
that code.

Having operated in both the Ant & Maven worlds my answer is the same: if I 
need to do something custom in Ant I'm going to want to write a 
full-fledged custom task instead of trying to inline it in my build.xml; 
if I need to do something custom in Maven I'm going to want to write a 
full-fledged mojo instead of trying to inline it in my POM.
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