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From Matt Benson <>
Subject Re: Properties in Ant are immutable [was: Bug with property/propertyfile ?]
Date Mon, 21 Jul 2003 19:14:27 GMT
XML is, by definition, a "language", I suppose, but
that does not make it a programming language, nor does
it make Ant either a programming language or a general
language, in my view.  Ant is, at the end of the day,
just another application that processes data stored in
a particular XML structure.  Tomcat, for example,
reads XML files of a different structure than those
used by Ant--is it a language?  Because your build
file really isn't much more, at heart, than a
configuration file which informs the Ant Java program
what is expected of it.


--- Daniel Barclay <> wrote:
> Matt Benson wrote:
> > ...   At its core Ant is a Java
> > application that reads an XML file which specifies
> a
> > build process in the form of targets and their
> > dependencies, and the tasks which compose these
> > targets.
> And those build files specifying targets, tasks,
> etc.,
> are written in Ant's specific flavor of XML.  That
> is
> a language.
> Are you just being picky about the Ant executable
> itself
> vs. the build file format, or are you confused about
> what "language" means (what I'm being picky about).
> Daniel
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