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From Peter Donald <>
Subject Re: Proposed Revolution: AntEater (a proposal for Ant Core 2.0)
Date Tue, 14 Nov 2000 02:20:03 GMT
At 05:22  13/11/00 -0800, you wrote:
>Duncan, I hope that you will be open to some
>discussion on the model, as there are certain features
>that would greatly aid the development of the GUI, the
>primary one being that the Project, Task, Target, etc.
>nodes implement the org.w3c.dom.Element interface.
>Regardless of how Ant generates instances of these,
>the GUI needs to have them as a full DOM
>representation of the build.xml file. 

the full dom representation is extrememly complex to use. There are
alternatives (namely JDom and Configuration from Avalon
project). JDom is more expressive than than Ant currently uses and
Configuration has a 1-to-1 mapping of features.

>Although you
>probably won't want to include all the items on my
>wish list, I'd like to at least get them communicated
>to you to make you aware of the GUIs needs (which
>should overlap with the needs of many other modules).

I agree.


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