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Subject Re: Taskdef for XMLC (
Date Mon, 11 Dec 2000 15:11:47 GMT

Unfortunately, James, I'm forced to agree with you about bundling things
with the VisualAge's of the world.  However, if you work hard enough, they
can be convinced. :-)  If I wasn't leaving IBM I'd try to get Ant included
as a "feature", as VAJ _really_ lacks a good build environment.  Maybe I'll
see if I can't get that bug put in someone's ear before I disappear...

Glenn McAllister
Software Developer. IBM Toronto Lab, (416) 448-3805
"An approximate answer to the right question is better than the
right answer to the wrong question." - John W. Tukey

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Subject:  Re: Taskdef for XMLC (

On 12/9/00 7:33 PM, "Jon Stevens" <> wrote:

> +1 for not including optional tool tasks that don't serve any real
> for Ant directly and would in reality be better bundled with the original
> product that it serves.
> The rest of the tasks that don't fall into that category above should go
> into a jakarta-ant-optional CVS repo (like the Perforce task). In other
> words put things in their proper place.

I agree in principle with this. My hope with Ant when it went out is that
tasks would be available from a multitude of sources. I didn't expect
everyone to want them in the core distro. This is one of the reasons that
I've been arguing for extensive modularization in tasks (being able to have
them in their own jar) and am looking forward to talking with Jon and some
other folks about CJAN -- so that we can have an ecology of tasks that
doesn't require all tasks to be developed and maintained here.

Of course the best place for these sorts of tasks is with the tool itself.
For example, Netbeans and Ant. Any open source/open dev project should be
easy. It's the Visual Ages of the world that are a little more difficult to
get things bundled with.

James Duncan Davidson
                                                                  !try; do

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