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From Stefan Bodewig <>
Subject Re: Hi Again after 9 years
Date Thu, 14 Nov 2013 09:10:05 GMT
On 2013-11-14, Gus Heck wrote:

> Don't know if any1 remembers me but I contributed some tasks and fixes back
> in 2003-2004 (1.4 - 1.6 days)

Welcome back.

> I'm thinking of writing a task to pack .crx files for chrome
> extensions. I have the following questions:

>    1. Is there interest for such a task to be contributed? It seems that
>    there are no pure java options out there so this would be useful.

You will have noticed a tendency to pack new tasks into independent
Antlib rather then bundle them as core tasks.  That being said, I'm not
sure.  Maybe poll the user list to see whether there is enough interest
to make it a core task?

>    2. Are there any major changes in the way a task is written today vs
>    1.6. You don't need to tell me things that are on here:
> . Rather, I am looking for
>    advice about what may have changed in ant that I may trip over.

Not much.  One change is Java5 so you can now (finally) use generics and
enums in core tasks - enums have started to replace EnumeratedAttribute
as first choice for attributes that only allow a certain set of values.

Resources are used in more places, so if the underlying task can work
with streams rather than real files you'd prefer ResourceCollections
over FileSets.


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