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From "Huxi LI" <>
Subject Asking for new feature: Self-Discovery of service to make Ant a real extensible system
Date Fri, 28 Apr 2006 08:23:39 GMT
**Hi everyone,

I would like to launch a discussion about implementation of self-discovery
feature in Ant.
The idea is that when users drop a jar in share directory, all custiom tasks
and datatypes
should be discovered automatically by Ant. The same is true when jars are
from the share directory.

The advantage is that users do not need any more use Taskdef to declare
tasks. This makes Ant a highly extensible "plug-and-play" system.

Modern systems are becoming more
and more intelligent. I think Ant maybe do better.  The concept of
"plug-and-play" is not
any more a vocaburary reserved for hardware components; software is also
advancing in this direction. An
extensible system should be able to "dynamically" discover available
services and have conflict detection and resolution

A simple example of self-discovery is the "hot deployment" service available
in most J2EE
application servers. The complexity of implementation such a mechanism
depends on many factors. Sometimes it
is not the complexity to implement self-discovery service; it is often
simple ignored by developers. For the
Ant build system, it is fairly easy to implement self-discovery feature.

Huxi LI

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