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From "James Duncan Davidson" <>
Subject Re: Ant
Date Sun, 12 Dec 1999 05:38:12 GMT
> Another way to deal with this creative tension -- allow a project to
> a particular directory or Jar file as containing project-specific tasks.
> startup time, every Java class found here that implements Task would be
> auto-magically added to the available tasks within this project.  (I
> you' d have to allow Ant to compile them if necessary.)
> Since so much of Ant is already based on the Java reflection API, I can't
> believe this would be very hard to do.  And it would let you keep the
> standard Ant task-set very generic.

Something along these lines feels better. I'd like to keep the core Ant set
of tasks to a generic minimum (or at least a sane set) and let people use
the taskdef (or something similar to the above) as an escape hatch.


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