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From Dominique Devienne <>
Subject Re: task that allows augmentation of previously declared references
Date Thu, 25 Feb 2010 16:53:40 GMT
On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 10:00 AM, Gilles Scokart <> wrote:
> Did you have any example to demonstrates the benefits of such task ?

The benefits with conjunction with <import> could be important, in
that you can "mix-in" specialized pre-defined builds dealing with
specific concerns (like JAXB pre-compilation for example) and have
those builds "implicitly" augment the classpath or Javac source path
appropriately for example (as documented in those builds, and you do
explicitly import those, so are kinda in control). Sure, it does open
the door for some complexity, and Ant would enter some un-chartered
waters indeed, but when trying to design reusable builds in the
(distant now) past, I've often felt the need for such a feature. Yet
it doesn't necessarily mean that would have been the right solution
either. I'd be interesting to have the input of the EasyAnt people on
the matter in fact. Maybe an opt-in approach, explicitly adding
final="false" on those datatype ids *designed* for extension, would be
a more conservative introduction of this feature, although that does
force to have "perfect hindsight" into what will be necessary to
extend/augment or not. --DD

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