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From Matt Benson <>
Subject RE: build.xml snippet used from code
Date Wed, 13 Aug 2003 21:18:20 GMT
Well, that gives me an answer... "no."  More
importantly your attitude validates my desire for such
a thing, and for that I thank you indeed.

Meanwhile, as predicted, I have gone ahead and
produced the alternative code for what I was trying to
do.  Maybe this is a feature for Ant 2, or some
third-party generated task framework designed for


--- Dominique Devienne <> wrote:
> I'm not sure I understand fully what you want to do,
> but I'd guess you'd
> like to convert an XML snippet to Java objects,
> similarly to how the XML
> entity include mechanism works?
> A true XML entity doesn't have a root element at
> all, so it's not a valid
> XML document, and thus cannot be read as an XML
> document. You can create a
> dummy in-memory XML text document that references
> that entity and load it,
> but that becomes tedious.
> Now, if you have a root element, or do the hack
> above, you still need to
> convert the SAX events or DOM tree into something
> usable from Java, usually
> your Java objects, or Ant's objects. And that's here
> that Ant is failing us,
> because if doesn't expose it's internal engine to
> convert XML to Java
> instances. Often I've whished for this, being able
> to tell Ant, "there,
> here's an object instance, and here an XML file or
> stream! Parse the XML
> using the usual Ant introspection rule for that
> instance, and populate that
> instance". You could use Commons-Digester to do
> that, but it would be much
> simpler and convenient to have Ant do it within Ant.
> You could also do like <XmlProperty>, and interpret
> the SAX events yourself,
> but again I find this cumbersome at best.
> Does that help? --DD
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Matt Benson []
> > Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2003 1:58 PM
> > To: Ant Users List
> > Subject: RE: build.xml snippet used from code
> > 
> > I have used entity includes and that serves its
> > purpose.  However, my question was how to get
> similar
> > functionality from the context of a Java class.
> > 
> > Thanks,
> > Matt
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