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From Matthew Inger <>
Subject Re: [PATCH] PropertyCopy and Foreach (NEW OPTIONAL TASKS)
Date Fri, 21 Sep 2001 19:26:04 GMT
I can understand them not wanting that kind of stuff as part
of the core of ant.  But to be so blind as to not even open
the possibility of including it as part of the optional tasks
is silly, from my point of view.  They have tasks in there
which would seem should be no where near the core of the
system (ie. the sql tasks), but they refuse to accept tasks
that users have requested time and time again.  It's a bit
frustrating.  I put all this time and effort into developing
these tasks with generality in mind.  I personally am rather
annoyed that even though i have tried repeatedly, it seems
impossible to contribute to the project.

I remember a time when software was driven by requirements,
and more specifically languages/tools were driven the needs
of it's users.  It seems that ANT is a whole different animal
that is not driven by the needs of the user, but by a vision
of what it's committer's think it should be.  Frankly, i can't
understand why it is this way, but as of now there is nothing
i can do about it.  It is obvious that the users need more of
these types of tasks to be able to effectively achieve their
goals.  And not all users have the time/knowledge to create
their own tasks.

I would think it would be in the best interests of the project
and it's users to accept useful tasks from anyone who is willing
to contribute.  The only tasks I've seen them accept in the time
i've been using ant are those related to version control and

Thanks for hearing my frustrations.

On Fri, 2001-09-21 at 14:20, Alejandro Abdelnur wrote:
> matthew,
> i've been there already, submitted code doing that, it has been rejected.
> it is not the first time, or second time, that these features are proposed. i
> think the the folks driving the evolution of ant should start considering
> these features again, they should listen a little more of what developers/user
> want/need.
> fyi:
> for embedded properties i modified the project helper, so you can use embedded
> variables "a.${b}.c" everywhere.
> for looping i've implemented the "xantcall" target, extending the "antcall"
> target that supports iterations:
>     <xantcall target="TARGET" iterate="LIST" iterator="VAR"/>
> where VAR is the name of the variable taht will have the element of the
> current iteration.
> you can find the code in the archives.
> regards.
> a
> Matthew Inger wrote:
> > attached are two useful tasks i have written, that would
> > be helpful to be put into the next release:
> >
> > PropertyCopy - double dereferencing (ie. ${a.${b}.c})
> >
> >   this essentially takes the "from" attribute and treats
> >   it as a property name.  It gets the value of that property
> >   and puts it in the property given by the "name" attribute.
> >   It's useful when you have property names that follow a certain
> >   pattern with some identifier in it (ie. org.TEST.server)
> >
> >   ex. <propertycopy name="NewVar" from="a.${b}.c" />
> >
> > Foreach - relatively self explanatory
> >
> >   ex. <foreach list="${items}" target="callMe"
> >                param="item" delimiter="," />
> >
> > I'm sure there are foreach tasks floating around, but
> > while i'm posting propertycopy i might as well post
> > the foreach task as well.
> >
> > --
> > Matt Inger (
> > Sedona Corporation
> > 455 S. Gulph Road, Suite 300
> > King of Prussia, PA 19406
> > (484) 679-2213
> > "Self-respect - the secure feeling that no one,
> >  as yet, is suspicious." -H.L. Mencken
> >
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Matt Inger (
Sedona Corporation
455 S. Gulph Road, Suite 300
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(484) 679-2213
"Self-respect - the secure feeling that no one,
 as yet, is suspicious." -H.L. Mencken 

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