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From Costin Manolache <>
Subject Re: antlib
Date Thu, 24 Apr 2003 19:46:59 GMT
Erik Hatcher wrote:

>> So you believe that anything can go in the XML tags, no design
>> or thinking is needed - because you could translate it with XSL or some
>> tools will process it ?
> This is getting a bit exaggerated but I don't feel the syntax of an XML
> descriptor is that relevant right now given the other issues on the
> table.  That's the main point I'm making with this.

For Antlib ( i.e. having the task/types loaded ) - the only remaining issues
that I know are the descriptor syntax and format ( and it seems most people
want the XML, so the syntax remain the only problem in this space ), and the
use of namespaces. For NS - it seems we can do it later. 

For roles - that's IMO a different problem.

>>> But the current one does not support adding other components like
>>> conditions, mappers, filters, and selectors.
>> Does ant support this ?
> No, not currently in a pluggable manner.  Isn't that the goal for
> antlib?

To load collections of ant components ( whatever ant define as component ).
Not to define new component types. 

Are you saying that all those nice filters, selectors, etc can only be used
if loaded by antlib ? 
You can define a task with <taskdef> in a regular ant file - why wouldn't
you be able to define the condition without using an antlib ?


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