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Subject Re: [submit] Integration of Ant into Visual Age for Java
Date Wed, 15 Nov 2000 15:55:00 GMT

I'm checking out your plugin now.  Its looking pretty good, but I've found
the following nits:

   The install instructions need a lot more detail.  I had to import the
   three plugin .java files to the IDE, and the rest of the VAJ*.java
   files, then export them to the ide/tools/org-apache-tools-ant directory.
   The file vajanttool.ini doesn't exist.  The default.ini file was in the
   doc directory and had to be copied over to the org-apache-tools-ant
   The gui only shows you targets that have descriptions.
   The logger doesn't trap System.out, so echo messages go to the Console,
   not the log window.

That's the result of my quick $0.10 tour.  As to where it should go, I'm
not sure.  For the moment, I'd say leave them where they are.

Glenn McAllister
Software Developer. IBM Toronto Lab, (416) 448-3805
"An approximate answer to the right question is better than the
right answer to the wrong question." - John W. Tukey

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Subject:  [submit] Integration of Ant into Visual Age for Java

A colleague (Christoph Wilhelms) and me
wrote a small PlugIn for Visual Age for Java,
which exploits the VAJ Tool API to integrate
Ant into this IDE.
Our tool contains a small GUI which is not
meant to compete with Antidote:
- it provides only very restricted functionality
  (selecting a build file and a target, starting
   the build)
- it is written with AWT to get it running on
  VAJ 3.02 (JDK1.1 based) and 3.5 (Java2 based)

The zip file attached contains the source code,
a small documentation, and a configuration file
for the VAJ integration. I'm not sure where the
files should go: on the one hand they don't
really belong to ..taskdefs.optional.ide
(where they are at the moment), because it isn't
a task. OTOH it doesn't seem worth it to create
a new root for them as for Antidote.

The tool runs fine here, but the installation
instructions aren't tested yet and probably not
detailed enough. Feedback is appreciated!


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