A discussion on the JPackage list reminded me of a new Ant 1.6 feature that is documented but easy to miss.

With the new launcher code, the directory .ant/lib in your home directory is treated just the same way as $ANT_HOME/lib by Ant. This means that all jars puts into that directory will be available to all Ant tasks or can contain Ant libraries. No need to fiddle with the Ant installation in a multi-user environment.

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Miguel de Icaza says

The MacOS X port is working, but it needs testers on MacOS to try the latest editions of the Boehm GC do build fixes and so on.

I'll have to try it out since it still seems very likely that .NET will become a more important part of my day job and I really don't want to switch to an Intel based notebook.

Last night's Mono snapshot fails in configure with a syntax error

checking for pkg-config... /sw/bin/pkg-config
./configure: line 20032: syntax error near unexpected token `BASE_DEPENDENCIES,'
that I don't have the time to diagnose right now. My previous attempts with released versions failed to produce a usable binary so far.

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Great essay, most of it is still true - 124 years later (via Stefan Tilkov).

After reading it you'll know why my sentences are overly long and full of parentheses.

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