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From "Steve Loughran" <>
Subject Re: Ant 2 et al.
Date Tue, 09 Jul 2002 16:18:18 GMT

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jon Skeet" <>
To: "Ant Developers List" <>
Sent: Tuesday, July 09, 2002 7:55 AM
Subject: RE: Ant 2 et al.

>Don't take this as knocking Ant in general - it does its job amazingly
well, and the "mess" is, I suspect, a >necessary byproduct of backwards
compatibility and the evolutionary model. I just wouldn't hold the >codebase
up as a paragon of virtue in itself.

>(Mind you, I haven't looked at the other Jakarta projects - you may well be
right about it being the cleanest,
>and that just doesn't mean it's actually clean :)

As someone who has seen the NT codebase, I must observe that backwards
compatibility is ugly, especially when glued onto a fairly clean underlying
system, but it tends to help with success. And as NT shows, you can move a
lot of the compatibility ugliness from the core of the system to a higher
level layer, leaving the core much cleaner.


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