[Project_owners] Ant for XUL (more details)
zdev at noos.fr
Tue Nov 16 13:14:00 EST 2004
Rod Whiteley wrote:
> Daniel Fournier wrote:
>> Well, my recent pool was not really successful...
> I thought the result of your poll was clear--no one is interested in a
> new build tool, though some other people already use Ant.
> Libraries are sometimes useful, but not always. Using a library can
> make some things simpler, but it can add a layer to the overall
> structure, making it more complex. My feeling is that complexity is
> already a big problem. Therefoe I avoid using a library if I can
> import just the source code that I need instead.
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Thanks for your feedback and your advices, which are quite judicious.
However, as I didn't explain it very clearly, my purpose is not to make
a clone of Ant (even if the name I'm giving to this pre-project is a
tribute to Ant) to build sofware releases, but a more generic "file
processor", i.e. a tool to manipulate files (either attributes or
content) located not only on the local file system but also on remote
file systems (using FTP or SOAP, for instance), this processing being
driven by a set of declarations contained either in a file (e.g. a
"build" file) or in memory, as a string (generated at run time).
I know Ant is a nice tool (which far too much tags and attributes IMHO),
but you can extend it only using Java. Xant would be extensible with
if you merge that power with a good XUL interface to ease the processing
declarations inside a program, you would get a rather different program.
So let apart the XPI building aspect and think of Xant as an extensible
But once again, this is just an idea I'm trying to test, because even if
more than 60% of the work to be done has been already developped, as
Mozlib classes, the remaining 40% represent a large amount of work.
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