[Rake-devel] Rake DSL Commands are no long in top level

Luis Lavena luislavena at gmail.com
Thu Jun 4 21:26:10 EDT 2009

On Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 10:16 PM, Alex Chaffee <alexch at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I'm not particularly attached to the patch it was done while sitting next to
>> Jim at SoR. At the same time, I much prefer it to +desc+ in the general
>> case, simply from a readability POV.
> Really? I think the natural semantics for code comments is "these are
> thrown away" so it's astonishing if they're used for anything
> important. Having a named method in the DSL that means "this string
> will be visible to end-users" is much more natural and readable to me.
> Though "desc" is not the best name for this method -- how about
> "description"?
> Or how about an attribute in the default hash for "task", e.g.
> task :test, :description => "runs all tests" do
> ...
> end
> Speaking of which, it's always baffled and confounded me that only the
> tasks whose authors had the presence of mind to add a "desc" show up
> in "rake -T" or "rake -D". Can we make all tasks show up by default,
> perhaps with an empty description, with perhaps an optional ":private
> => true" if you want to hide them?

-100 on that.

By default I have 300 tasks defined in rubyinstaller, listing all them
is meaningless since they don't provide a direct benefit to the user.
Luis Lavena
Perfection in design is achieved not when there is nothing more to add,
but rather when there is nothing more to take away.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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