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Subject cvs commit: jakarta-ant/docs/ant2 features.html
Date Wed, 06 Jun 2001 13:41:53 GMT
bodewig     01/06/06 06:41:52

  Modified:    docs/ant2 features.html
  Think I've covered all accepted features now.
  Revision  Changes    Path
  1.3       +80 -1     jakarta-ant/docs/ant2/features.html
  Index: features.html
  RCS file: /home/cvs/jakarta-ant/docs/ant2/features.html,v
  retrieving revision 1.2
  retrieving revision 1.3
  diff -u -r1.2 -r1.3
  --- features.html	2001/05/23 15:32:08	1.2
  +++ features.html	2001/06/06 13:41:47	1.3
  @@ -77,6 +77,12 @@
       presented to the user if that target is going to be skipped (based
       on the if/unless attribute of the target).</p>
  +    <p>Even though Ant installation already is quite simple in Ant1
  +    (extract the archive and set two environment variables),
  +    alternative ways to install Ant like using 
  +    <a href="">Webstart</a> or
  +    a "self-extracting" JAR file will be explored.</p>
       <p>Ant2 like Ant1 uses build files written in XML as its main
  @@ -109,6 +115,17 @@
       directly (like some tasks &quot;abuse&quot; the
       <code>&lt;touch&gt;</code> task in Ant1).</p>
  +    <p>Ant2 will provide a way to define tasks that itself can have
  +    tasks as child elements without knowing all defined tasks at
  +    compile time.  Discussions on ant-dev usually talk about
  +    &quot;container tasks&quot; in this context.</p>
  +    <p>The only way to &qout;include&quot; common XML snippets so far
  +    has been the usage of external SYSTEM entities, a mechanism that
  +    is tied to DTDs and doesn&apos;t mix well with alternative
  +    approaches like XML Schema.  Ant2 will provide a built-in include
  +    mechanism.</p>
       <h1>New/Modified Features</h1>
       <p>Ant2 will run the build process fully dynamically, which means
  @@ -140,6 +157,12 @@
         <li>Ant2 is going to require a JDK version 1.2 or above and a
         JAXP compliant parser version 1.1 or above.</li>
  +      <li>If you specify more than one target in another target&apos;s
  +      depends attribute, Ant1 will execute these targets from left to
  +      right (as long as the dependency tree permits it) - Ant2 will
  +      not guarantee this behavior but will allow build file writers to
  +      specify the order explicitly.</li>
       <h2>Support Integration of Ant Into Other Tools</h2>
  @@ -164,6 +187,14 @@
         <li>It will be possible to cancel a running build process.</li>
  +      <li>Ant will detach from <code>System.err/.out/.in</code>
  +      completely and communicate with the front-end via a well defined
  +      API.  The front-end will have to handle user input for tasks
  +      that need it (tasks that ask for a password for example).</li>
  +      <li>Tasks will provide some way to identify their attributes
  +      from the outside. <i class="default">fill in details</i></li>
       <h2>More Control for Users and Build File Writers</h2>
  @@ -174,6 +205,21 @@
       within the build file and to modify the behavior of attached
  +    <p>In Ant1 users have little control over how things work.  There
  +    are a couple of magic properties to make Ant chose a preferred
  +    compiler or modify the CLASSPATH, but they are barely documented.
  +    If users want to set these properties for every build process,
  +    they have to learn the undocumented tricks of the
  +    <code>ANT_OPTS</code> environment variable or the
  +    <code>~/.antrc</code> file.</p>
  +    <p>Ant2 will have a well defined system to specify user
  +    preferences.  This system will not only let user chose their
  +    compiler but also give them a chance to provide default values for
  +    attributes (say you always want the <code>debug</code> attribute
  +    of the <code>javac</code> task to be true - unless it has been
  +    disabled explicitly). <i class="comment">Need to give details once
  +    they&apos;ve been sorted out.</i></p>
       <h2>Documentation System</h2>
  @@ -187,6 +233,39 @@
       <p class="comment">Is there something beyond &quot;should become
       better&quot; right now?</p>
  +    <h2>Data Types</h2>
  +    <p>Ant1 supports a limited set of data types (fileset, patternset
  +    and path) and at least up to Ant 1.3 it is not possible to
  +    register custom data types without writing a task that does this.
  +    Ant2 will provide a built-in mechanism to define new data
  +    types.</p>
  +    <p>Existing data-types will be improved, the files in a fileset
  +    can be chosen based on more than just pattern matching for example
  +    (modification time or permissions for example).  Ant2 will have
  +    built-in tasks for set operations.</p>
  +    <p>Data types and properties will share the same name space and
  +    follow the same scoping and precedence rules. 
  +    <i class="comment">${} again.</i></p>
  +    <h2>Multithreading</h2>
  +    <p>It will be possible to run several tasks in parallel - these
  +    tasks will belong to the same target and all tasks will be joined
  +    at the end of the target.</p>
  +    <h2>Internationalization</h2>
  +    <p>Ant2 itself will provide internationalized (error) messages and
  +    provide utility classes to help task writers to do the same.  
  +    <i class="comment">These utility classes may very well come from a
  +    different (Jakarta) project</i>.</p>
  +    <p>Ant&apos;s primary language and the language of the build file
  +    will continue to be English.</p>
       <h1>Rejected Features</h1>
       <p>This is list is not complete, it just highlights some of the
  @@ -210,7 +289,7 @@
       for this.</p>
  -      <p align="center">$Id: features.html,v 1.2 2001/05/23 15:32:08 bodewig Exp
  +      <p align="center">$Id: features.html,v 1.3 2001/06/06 13:41:47 bodewig Exp
         <p align="center">Copyright &copy; 2001 Apache Software
           Foundation. All rights Reserved.</p>

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