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From Jean-Louis Boudart <>
Subject Re: A groovy frontend for Ant
Date Fri, 11 Sep 2009 16:46:37 GMT
> >
> > I know Jean-Louis BOUDART has been working on plugging different
> > frontends into EasyAnt so maybe we could join forces - Jean-Louis, are
> > you reading this?

Sorry  for long responding i was on holidays :).
I was thinking a few time ago to introduce an abstraction layer in the
project helper.

As stefan highlighted <ant> and <subant> task are configured through the
ProjectHelper that's why i wanted to put the abstraction layer here.

Why adding a new abstraction layer ?
As everyone knows the only way to write an ant script is XML. It could be
really interesting to support others languages like Java or groovy.
Then if users want to write their own ant script they are able to write it
in XML (with ant syntax has everyone know in the world :)) or in Java (maybe
Groovy ? or whatever).

I thought about writing a ProjectHelper that will be in charge to determine
which "dialect" will be used (maybe based on conventions on extensions .ant
.java .jar .groovy) and to delegate to a class that will be in charge to do
all the specific stuff.

I didn't get time to start a POC on this but i will do it in the next few

It could be cool if we could join forces on this.

Jean Louis Boudart
Independent consultant
Project Lead

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