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From "Consult-smi, Coenen" <>
Subject Re: Ant 1.7
Date Mon, 16 Feb 2004 14:43:52 GMT
concerning point 4, the virtual file system, I'd like to ask a question:

>> Very long term, if we were to get something really good, it might be 
>> possible to change the axiom saying "Ant only builds based on JDK + XML 
>> parser" to "Ant builds with JDK + XML Parser + VFS API".

Why not make it: JDK + XML Parser + JCR API ? 

The Java Content Repository API is soon to be moved into Public Review Phase. I like it because
it is standardized and offers a 2-level driver support. Usual filesystems only need to comply
to level1 of the spec and fullblown CMS-like content-repositories can implement level2 of
the spec which adds versioning a.s.o.
I would imagine that the JCR API will eventually have the biggest industry support, as it
is a standard JSR. Naturally, there will be a variety of drivers available for this API, probably
more than for the VFS API.

However, I have no expert knowledge on JCR and VFS, but I'm curious to hear whether you consider
JCR a viable option. To me it seems that JCR and VFS are very similar in scope.


Alexander (Sascha) Coenen
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