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From "Jose Alberto Fernandez" <>
Subject RE: Ant task extensions / contributions
Date Tue, 13 Mar 2001 14:19:52 GMT
Now, now Stefan, lets not get too critical :-)

I think these tasks are ideal for our contribution page.
People can use it if they want and discuss it and inprove it over time.

Marc should just put them in some page somewhere and sent the link
information for our new External resources page.

As I said before, if some of the tasks can be eventually inproved to be
contributed to core, well even better. The more examples the better.

Jose Alberto
PS: Maybe we should add a "compatibility" field to the External Resources to
indicate the versions of ANT in which a particular task has been reported to
work. Very important if we break things for Ant2.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stefan Bodewig []
> Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2001 12:34 PM
> To:
> Subject: Re: Ant task extensions / contributions
> Hi Marc,
> Marc Liyanage <> wrote:
> > One gets user input via the command line, two implement
> > something like the "basename" and "dirname" commands
> > under UNIX.
> >
> > Is this useful?
> Sure, a <prompt> task is on the wishlist for Ant2 - and nobody would
> throw away a contribution for 1.x, I guess.
> The problem I see is that a prompt task like yours would be tied to
> the command line interface - how would it work with a GUI interface?
> Abstracting from the front end is one of the higher priorities for
> Ant2.
> On the other hand, having a prompt task now, that needs to be
> rewritten completely for Ant2 - would be better than having no prompt
> task at all, IMHO.
> I'm not sure what you'd be using the basename and dirname tasks for,
> but this is a different issue.
> > They share a common base class because they both use property files
> > to communicate their values back to the build script.
> This is a design decission I don't understand. Why don't you simply
> set the property directly?
> > Is there a collection of contributed tasks?
> Yes and no.
> Many tasks have been sent to this list and many but not all of them
> now live in Ant's CVS module as optional tasks. Furthermore, we'll
> probably start a separate CVS module for contributed stuff, but don't
> hold your breath.
> If you are thinking about including your tasks there, the package had
> to be changed and you'd have to donate the code to the ASF.
> We've started to collect information about resources for Ant that are
> not part of the Ant module at
> <>, if you want to
> distribute your tasks separate from Ant, getting listed there would be
> a start.
> Cheers
>         Stefan
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