|Python implementation for Ant|
Python implementation for Ant 2007-02-07 - By Hans Schwaebli
Steve Loughran ...
If I dislike something it has nothing to do with religion. You can't avoid
discussions by simply stating they are religious.
I am not anti-XML in general, but I don't think this format makes any sense
for a scripting or programming language. Even the first creator of Ant today
thinks that choosing XML for writing Ant scripts with it was not the best idea.
I work with Ant since two years so I know about what I write. If I still
think that writing Ant scripts in XML is cumbersome, than it is for me. This is
not to be dismissed as a religious belief but my personal professional
experience with Ant and programming and scripting languages.
It would be good that something in the softwar world is official or is at
least mainstream, because bosses attach importance to it.
Why not offer writing Ant scripts in Jython and XML? Let developers choose.
But now they have no real choice for Ant scripts, only XML syntax.
There are a lot of reasons why the XML syntax is not good for writing scripts
in that way. The tool support for XML doesn't help except for the very basic
things like well-formedness.
It has no use to argue for deprecating XML for Ant and using Jython instead
to write Ant scripts, if there is no critical mass here.
So is there a critical mass for improving the way to write Ant scripts with
Jython, or at least open mindedness for this idea? Thats the first question on
which the debate depends.
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