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From "Hall, John" <>
Subject RE: Proposed Revolution: AntEater (a proposal for Ant Core 2.0)
Date Tue, 14 Nov 2000 15:38:47 GMT

I made a suggestion to Stefan in an earlier thread that 
I wanted to submit to you for "architecture revolution". :-)

Besides getting ant in the house as the only build tool, we
found another use for it (or part of it at least). We have 
a Java based installer tool that we use that didn't quite 
meet our needs (i.e. it doesn't work!). What we ended up 
doing was to use the installer tool gui to gather the 
necessary information and used ant to actually install the 
product.  Now I'm not saying that I want ant to become an 
installer tool, but that there are many common components/tasks 
in ant that could be used in an installer tool.  I think that 
it would be worthwhile to architect ant 2.0 in a way that a 
future installer tool project could re-use the ant 
components/tasks that make sense for that project.  
What do you think?


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