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From peter reilly <>
Subject Re: antlib
Date Tue, 22 Apr 2003 16:41:20 GMT
A flat namespace is a bit problematic :-
   for example: is "containsregexp" a filter, condition or a selector

The antlib proposal does provide associating the same
name to different classes using roles.

If a flat namespace is used, there is not much point in
proceeding with the xml based descriptors.
A patch in bugzilla report 17844 provides a simple alternative
(it is however missing needed tasks like antlib and antjar).


On Tuesday 22 April 2003 17:13, Stefan Bodewig wrote:
> On Tue, 22 Apr 2003, Dominique Devienne <> wrote:
> > I agree with Stefan.
> Cool.
> Now if only I could find time to respond to Antoine's original mail.
> 8-) Will try very hard tomorrow.
> > Regarding AntLib itself, XML descriptor or not, I'm more interested
> > in being able to partition the namespace used by Ant to perform the
> > name to class mapping currently restricted to tasks/types.
> Let's start with tasks and types and see if/how that flies.
> If we want to extend the plugability to mappers or selectors or
> whatever (I do), the solution in the end may be a flat namespace
> (everything is a type) as Costin seems to hint at when he wants to
> drop the difference between task and type.
> Stefan
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