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Subject Re: [PATCH] Definer to allow types/tasks from the same jar to work
Date Fri, 24 May 2002 16:57:26 GMT
On 24 May 2002, Stefan Bodewig wrote:

> On Fri, 24 May 2002, <> wrote:
> > Also for Conor - I really want to keep the magic property
> > for backward compatibility ( so a build.xml for 1.5 can 
> > be used with 1.4 ).
> (Even though I'm not Conor 8-)


> The biggest problem I see with a magic property approach is its global
> nature.  It will be applied for all taskdefs and typedefs of your
> project (and those you call with <ant*>), you loose the choice.

Would adding 2 attribute, one to force a new classloader and one to
force a specific loader disambiguate the problem ?

If someone _wants_ a new class loader ( to get around statics ), it
should be clear from the build.xml. If someone _wants_ to use
a specific loader for the taskdef, it should also be explicit.

The default behavior was never specified or documented - and the 
situation is symetrical. The magic property will just change the 
default behavior, and again - it is just a way to allow an easy 
transition from 1.4 to 1.5.

We have enough headache with the transition from JDK1.3 to JDK1.4.
Luckily ant1.5 doesn't require changes in an ant1.4 build.xml, 
so this particular transition should be easier. 


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