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From "Knuplesch, Juergen" <>
Subject AW: [ANN] Release of Ant 1.8.0
Date Thu, 11 Feb 2010 06:48:47 GMT
Thank you! 

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Von: Antoine Levy Lambert [] 
Gesendet: Montag, 8. Februar 2010 23:29
An: Ant Users List
Betreff: [ANN] Release of Ant 1.8.0


on behalf of the Ant development team, I have the pleasure to announce the release of Ant

Some of the features included in the new release are :

    *  Lexically scoped local properties, i.e. properties that are only defined inside a target,
sequential block or similar environment.
    * <import> can now import from any file- or URL-providing resource - this includes
    * Various improvements to the directory scanning code that help with symbolic link cycles
(as can be found on MacOS X Java installations for
example) and improve scanning performance. For big directory trees the improvement is dramatic.
    * The way developers can extend Ant's property expansion algorithm has been rewritten
(breaking the older API) to be easier to use and be more powerful.
    * a new top level element extension-point allows build files to be extended with custom
targets more easily
    * At the same time the if and unless attributes have been rewritten to do the expected
thing if applied to a property expansion (i.e. 
if="${foo}" will mean "yes, do it" if ${foo} expands to true, in Ant
1.7.1 it would mean "no" unless a property named "true" existed). This adds "testing conditions"
as a new use-case to property expansion.
    * Ant now requires Java 1.4 or later
    * new task include provides an alternative to <import> that should be preferred
when you don't want to override any targets
    * numerous bug fixes and improvements as documented in Bugzilla and in WHATSNEW


Antoine Levy-Lambert

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