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From Tim Vernum <>
Subject RE: Ant1.9 Refactoring?
Date Thu, 29 Nov 2001 06:57:28 GMT

From: Peter Donald []

> There is clearly a need to do something to experiement but it 
> is clearly not 
> something we can do within the main trunk. 


> Perhaps there is another alternative.

I guess the sandbox will do for that, although it could be hard for
This isn't likely to be the type of thing that amounts to a single

> * making the names of the attributes/elements consistent


> * creation of cullers/selectors. ie they select items out of 
> a fileset 
> accoring to specific attributes - like are they readable? do 
> their contents 
> contain the word "class"? were they last modified after time X?


> * creation of infrastructure to support *coloring* and other 
> "environment" based dependency stuff 


> * creation of generic infrastructure to support "structural" based 
> dependency stuff 


> * refactoring some of the classes into beans so that no task directly 
> references another task


> * abstract notion of item sets from dependset, fileset and so forth

What is the motivation for this (other than it sounds nice)
Is it to allow set operations?

> * creating a VFS/URL layer that tasks can use to access 
> resources independent 
> of what they are (ie files, inside a zip, on ftp server etc).


I just did a major rebuild of my home PC and I'm itching
to do some deep hacking on it, so who knows, I might
come up with something this weekend.

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