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From Stefan Bodewig <>
Subject Re: Resource.getURL()
Date Thu, 21 Sep 2006 04:34:08 GMT
On Wed, 20 Sep 2006, Matt Benson <> wrote:
> --- Antoine Levy-Lambert <> wrote:
>> Hello Matt,
>> thanks for fixing my fixes !
>> did you already add getURL() to all Resource(s) ?
>> this would be cool to be able to always set the
>> SystemId in case of XML documents of all sorts.
> I have been thinking it might make sense to add
> getURL() to Resource.  Did a discussion on that
> already take place?

I don't remember any.

Given that Resource as a class and not an interface we are able to add
new methods even after 1.7.0 without running the risk of breaking the
code of people who implement their own resources.  Given that there
wouldn't be any code in Ant 1.7.0 that used getURL() we should defer
adding the method as well, IMHO.

> And, for example, what would we do for resources of
> nonstandard "protocols"?  Would a StringResource with
> value "foo" return "string:foo" as its URL?  Should we
> install custom protocol handlers for built-in
> resources and encourage the same be done for
> third-party resource implementations?

+1 for custom protocol handlers.


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