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From Costin Manolache <>
Subject RE: Getting 1.6 out the door
Date Wed, 03 Sep 2003 03:33:24 GMT
Dominique Devienne wrote:

> As I've been saying all along, lets just introduce a new (unique) notion
> for attribute/variable expansion (at use time rather than definition
> time), which
> is something new in Ant anyhow. No (or less?) backward compatibility
> issues, and makes it plain and obvious what is what:
> ${name}       it's a property!
> (@name)       it's an attribute/variable!!!

I think this is a bad idea. 

Chosing between macrodef and ant simplicity - I preffer the second. 
There are already a lot of complex rules in <ant> and <antcall> and
<import>, I think the last thing we need is a new syntax for "macrodef


> No context, no unnecessary brain cycles to figure out what is what.
> I'll be just as glad as the next guy to use <macrodef>, I just don't want
> that
> power to come of the expanse of Ant's simplicitly and user-friendliness.

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