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From "Kleinmann, Peter G" <pkl...@lehman.com>
Subject RE: proposed: ant build contest
Date Wed, 03 Jul 2002 17:45:09 GMT

Lets redirect this thread to its original purpose - 
to discuss how a build contest could be run for the enjoyment and 
benefit of Ant users -

Thomas Zander originally was not much in favor of a contest, but thought 
that users might find a 'number of reference-style build files' addressing 
'Things that are quite hard to do' more useful.

I think he has a good point, but I think a contest would be an excellent way

of getting people to submit examples of 'Things that are quite hard to do'
and would result is several alternative 'reference-style build files'.
This contest could be classified as a 'stumper' contest (other names
welcome).

Anyone have any good hard problems?  Perhaps ones that you have found 
answers to, but might make interesting meat for a discussion?

Another proposed contest would be a tour-de-force contest to demonstrate the

latest and greatest in Ant usage.  In a sense, it would be like taking ideas
laid down in Steve's Ant book, and trying them out against a new problem,
using 
recently developed tasks.  In another sense, it would be sort of a hot-dog
contest,
to see just what other people have brought into their build environments.
I invite proposals for problems. 

The above is not a full summary of what has thus far been discussed in the
thread -
David Colton made a very interesting suggestion -  collecting complex
interesting 
build files from OS projects, along with a commentary by their authors on
various 
project challenges, etc.  

So, if you have an idea for a challenge, lets here it!


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