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From James Duncan Davidson <>
Subject Re: Ant Principles (Design pattern)
Date Fri, 21 Apr 2000 15:53:36 GMT
> > + Object is created inside task, so no need to find the correct
> >   type in some intelligent way. This makes the creation a lot
> >   faster, and might prevent classloader problems.

True, but then the programmer is responsible for providing that.

> > + No conflict with the addText(String) method
> > - When the task is encapsulated, you cannot add an existing
> >   object of the correct type. You have to create a new one
> >   with createXxxx to add it, and fill the fields.

Right, and this is a big negative. The ability to do things of this
nature without having to create your own class types would be nice.

> Excellent summary.  Key point is that neither is "wrong" or unworkable.
> After Duncan reemerges from radio silence, lets quickly come to a
> consensus.

Yes.. Lets. :)

> I woud just rather that Ant didn't support both (except, perhaps briefly as
> a migration aid).


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