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From "Ryan Heaton" <>
Subject [jelly][vote] APT tag library
Date Thu, 15 Dec 2005 16:48:23 GMT
I'm adjusting the thread subject to reflect the fact that there is a vote going on for two

1. Acceptance of the new APT tag library (described below)
2. Acceptance of me as a committer to support the new apt tag library, if it gets accepted.

So far, I have recorded three people voting positive for both proposals:

Dion Gillard
Hans Gilde
Paul Libbrecht

APT Tag Library Description

The APT tag library is a new tag library for Jelly that provides tags for working with the
new Java 5 Annotation Processing Tool
(APT).  I believe this tag library would be very useful for developers who wish to use APT
to generate source code or other
documents from java source.  Included in the list of tags would be XDoclet-like tags that
iterate through the declarations and types
of a given source base when the JellyContext is populated with the AnnotationProcessingEnvironment.

I have found Jelly could provide a much-needed abstraction on top of Sun's APT Mirror API
that would make APT much more useable.
Developers could write a simple Jelly script instead of implementing an AnnotationProcessor.
 The script would be a template of
sorts for the generated documents.  

Basically, this tag library is to the APT api what JSP is to the Servlet API.

Also, please consider the following:

1. The use of this tag library would require Java 5.
2. Associated closely with this libarary would be the relevant implemenation classes for com.sun.mirror.apt.AnnotationProcessor
any other APT-specific classes.



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dion Gillard [] 
> Sent: Monday, November 28, 2005 12:50 PM
> To: Jakarta Commons Developers List
> Subject: Re: [jelly] apt tag library
> Ryan,
> we need to vote on accepting the new code, get a code grant done and
> possibly work closely with you for support in the early stages,
> although I'd prefer to see you come on board as a committer to support
> it.
> Any one else?
> On 11/29/05, Ryan Heaton <> wrote:
> > I'm (still) looking for help on submitting a new tag 
> library for jelly that contains tags for traversing the apt 
> environment.  Dion
> > Gillard was the only one who responded, expressing 
> interest.  So, I have the new library code-complete with a 
> solid set of tests
> > that exercise the API.  I've got everything documented and 
> I have it locally integrated into the current jelly maven build.
> >
> > What now?
> >
> > Please advise.
> >
> > -Ryan Heaton
> >
> >
> > 
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