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From Stefan Bodewig <>
Subject Re: [RFC] AbstractTasklet with extended functionality
Date Fri, 30 Jun 2000 15:06:32 GMT
>>>>> "PD" == Peter Donald <> writes:

 >> Maybe I've misunderstood your proposal.

 PD> Nope. Your right there.

I was afraid I would be.

For those "other tasks", those not extending AbstractTasklet, would
you want scripts to be able to work on them - setting/getting
attributes? Or would you want the user to be aware that there are two
kinds of tasks, those that you could manipulate and those you could

 >>  One thing you miss here IMHO is that the same problems - setting
 >> of attributes, creation of nested elements, validation of
 >> attributes - holds for all the other objects corresponding to XML
 >> elements in the buildfile as well.

 PD> true :P but the validation I was wanting to use is very very
 PD> specific and not really general like a dtd/schema etc.

Oh, but I'm talking about this simple validation. Let's assume we have
a fileset attribute like the one Arnout has described:

<jar file="jarfile.jar">
  <fileset dir="dir1tojar">
    <include ... />

Then you will certainly find

if (dir == null) {
    throw new BuildException("dir attribute must be set on filesets");

in whatever represents filesets.

This is exactly the kind of validation you want to put into
AbstractTasklet, isn't it?

I'm not saying that a Validator class of some kind would be useless,
quite the opposite. But put it to good use for the nested elements as


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