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From Bevan Arps <>
Subject Re: <ant>
Date Sun, 24 Feb 2002 20:50:10 GMT
At 20:17 24/02/2002 +1100, Peter Donald wrote:

>I would just warn when any character not in the set
>a-z A-Z 0-9 . - _
>Maybe drop the '.' so names ar emore consistent with defacto xml naming

By all means restrict the valid set of characters for target names, but 
please don't leave out a set of useful "separator" style characters like these:

. - :

In order to maintain control over the large number of targets I often need 
in build files (especially since the "Ant Way" seems to require a larger 
number of smaller targets instead of the reverse) I use a naming convention 
of a "base name" followed by suffix sections. This gives target names like 

This makes sense to me because the "Delphi.application.gui" and 
"Delphi.application.console" targets are a part of "Delphi.application" - 
so the reuse of dot notation in the style of Java/Delphi seems clear.

My 2c,

"Programming is an Art Form that Fights Back"

Bevan Arps (<>
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