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From "Jose Alberto Fernandez" <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] ant task with (nested) fileset(s)
Date Mon, 12 Nov 2001 11:25:00 GMT
From: "Peter Donald" <>

> As I think I have said before. Neither need should be filled using this style 
> task. The first need should be filled by writing a task and the second need 
> should be filled by templating. Currently Ant1 tasks are a PITA to write so 
> first style functionality is acceptable. I don't see this as always being 
> true though. Either way it is functionality that does not bring value in long 
> term.

Where is the templating capability? We cannot keep on vetoing proposals 
because templating is considered to be the right solution, and then do nothing 
about providing the templates. 
I have not seen yet a real proposal on the matter much less an 
implementation that we can use to assess if indeed templates is the right
tool or not.

I would like to see how these templates get described, how can I specify
thingd like *iterating over files* using them. How easy or difficult they are
to write, and more important how understandable is what the user
actually writes and needs to maintain.

I still do not understand how we can keep on rejecting things on the argument
that it should be done using a feature that do not exists, it is hardly in the
main road-map, and there is not even a hint of delivery date or spec.
How can any one help on contributing it, if this things are not there.

In the mean time more and more people go on using things like the
<foreach> task, which they have to fetch from somewere else.

Jose Alberto

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