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From Matt Benson <gudnabr...@yahoo.com>
Subject RE: Python implementation for Ant
Date Thu, 08 Feb 2007 18:37:20 GMT
Here's a link to Terence Parr's "Humans should not
have to grok XML" article:

http://www-128.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/library/x-sbxml.html

In it he explains the distinction between XML as a
data representation format, the use for which it was
AFAIK intended, vs. as an explicit interface for human
consumption.  Regardless of your own position, I found
it an interesting read.  Terence is an example of a
noted personality in the OSS community who develops in
Java but has never touched Ant precisely _because_ of
its XML interface.  So such developers definitely
exist, thought it's quite possible he is the only one
whose aversion to human-targeted XML is a strong
enough deterrent in and of itself.  ;)

-Matt

--- "Scot P. Floess" <floess@mindspring.com> wrote:

> I'd have to agree with Rob...  Have you ever looked
> at Voice XML?  It took is scripting but using XML as
> the "markup" language....
> 
> What is your aversion to XML with regards to it as a
> scripting language?  I personally like it...
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> >From: "Anderson, Rob (Global Trade)"
> <Rob.Anderson@nike.com>
> >Sent: Feb 8, 2007 12:58 PM
> >To: Ant Users List <user@ant.apache.org>
> >Subject: RE: Python implementation for Ant
> >
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: Hans Schwaebli
> [mailto:hans_schwaebli@yahoo.com] 
> >> Sent: Wednesday, February 07, 2007 3:01 AM
> >> To: Ant Users List
> >> Subject: Python implementation for Ant
> >> 
> >> What do you think about the XML format used for
> writing Ant 
> >> scripts? I don't like it.
> >>    
> >>   What about writing Ant scripts in a script
> language like 
> >> Python or Jython instead of writing them in XML?
> I think it 
> >> would be much more productive.
> >>    
> >>   There seems to be a private project for this,
> but it is not 
> >> official, not from Apache.
> >
> >I have no issues with XML. It seems to work well
> for me. It is easy to
> >read, understand, and maintain build files in XML
> format. I have no
> >desire to change the way I am currently writing
> build files.
> >
> >-Rob Anderson
> >
> >
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