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From Stefan Bodewig <>
Subject Re: Introduction and possible new feature for Ant
Date Fri, 26 Mar 2010 12:09:00 GMT
On 2010-03-13, Clark Archer <> wrote:

> On Tue, Mar 9, 2010 at 11:19 PM, Stefan Bodewig <> wrote:

>> Hi Clark

>> On 2010-03-09, Clark Archer <> wrote:

>>> coded up a HistoryRecorder which builds a simple text file
>>> containing a history of up to the last 100 executions for each test
>>> class/suite.  I track pass/fail and execution time for each test
>>> class and update the history file at the end of each <junit /> task.

>> This sounds interesting.  Despite all the hate XML gets it may be a more
>> suitable format, though.  You could add more structured data and create
>> all sorts of reports later.

An alternative would be JSON or any other structured format, of course.

> I don't have anything against XML (in particular), but I went with a
> text file because I only had a little time to work on it last weekend
> and I don't know the various XML APIs well.

They can be intimidating and there are a few tradeoffs to consider.
E.g. if the file gets large, DOM isn't really an option.

> This file has to be read at the beginning of each test run (or batch)
> and then updated at the end of the run.

Are you updating the file in one operation or are you doing this once
per test?  A per test operation would certainly be more work in an XML


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