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From Ravi Roy <>
Subject Proposal to have an Ant task to resolve ecllipse projects' classpath dependencies at runtime.
Date Sun, 04 Apr 2010 09:05:59 GMT

I am using Ant for last four years and really addicted to its simplicity and
cleanliness, though there are lot of tools around but can not really feel to
migrate to any tool. It is also damn easy to write own custom tasks (using
scripting langauges like javascript etc. and Java itself) and get the work
done; though writing own tasks has its own pain for maintenance in the long
run; but flalessly Ant has been a standard in build tools world.

Eclipse is being used a standard IDE for various Development platoforms and
I do not really find a good competitor of Eclipse as far as its features are

Since people love Ant and also Eclipse being an standard IDE, I feel at
times that there should be a Ant task which could read the .classpath and
.project files and provide and kind of property which has resolved classpath
entries on which project depends on.

This task would really reduce the pain to define the dependencies of the
project which needs to be defined manaually in case dependencies gets
changed / or added to the project's classpath.

I hope this would further increase the Ant usage and people would really
find it useful in their projects' dependency resolution.

Thoughts ?


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