In a previous blog on today.java.net I
said some fairly strong things about ant, and I think I ought to
say something more, both good and bad. This seems like the place
to do it.
First, let us give ant its due. Ant is designed to be a portable
way to replace make. Ant was to be platform independent, so the
obvious implementation choice was Java, which is fine, mostly.
And the obvious data...
My latest hack is a "Napkin" Look and Feel for Swing. I'm up to alpha 4 with it -- it still does some very weird things. The Swing LAF lets many things happen, but it is far from simple to figure out, and farther from easy to flex. But most things can be done.
The idea is this: There's somehing about a GUI mock up that makes managers go all glassy-eyed. When you mock up the GUI, which you...