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From Claus Ibsen <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] - Remove or reduce ANT support for Camel examples
Date Sat, 09 Jul 2011 11:11:17 GMT
Hi Donald

Thank you for your input.

Since the examples have pom.xml file, you can have Maven go download
all the JAR files for you.
There is a command to do that.

And then you can just go about doing as you wish without Maven.

On Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 6:17 PM, Donald Whytock <> wrote:
> +0
> I can't speak for maintaining the Ant scripts for the examples.  I can
> imagine they're a PITA to maintain, and I'm certainly not about to
> offer to do so.
> But in the context of this, I'd like to mention that I'm not a Maven
> user.  This isn't a matter of personal preference; I do my development
> offline on a laptop with no network access, for various reasons
> involving IP and security.  I typically work with local standalone
> servers -- mail servers, XMPP servers, database servers, etc.
> This means my usual method of installing a required third-party .jar
> is to download it on another machine, copy it over to the laptop and
> install it manually.  This is among the reasons I rant sometimes about
> dependence on third-party packages: it gets troublesome to do this
> when dependency runs five levels deep.  Reading someone saying, "Why
> don't you just use X?" often makes me cringe.
> I'm willing to believe that I'm one of a very small number of people
> (can it be as small as 1?) who develop this way with Camel.  After
> all, most people would develop a Camel application in an environment
> more similar to their deployment environment.  But I'd like to offer
> it as something to think about when one is inclined to say, "It's
> okay, our users will just use Maven anyway."
> Don
> On Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 7:57 AM, Jon Anstey <> wrote:
>> Big +1. The Ant examples were always a pain to work with because we ship
>> very few 3rd party libs with Camel... which meant you would need to download
>> many 3rd party distributions and set up several env variables before even
>> running... good riddance I say :)
>> On Fri, Jul 8, 2011 at 5:54 AM, Claus Ibsen <> wrote:
>>> Hi
>>> We have 34 examples in the Camel kit. And frankly to keep most of them
>>> updated to work and run with Apache Ant is a p*** in the ****.
>>> I would like to discuss if we should consider reducing the number of
>>> examples that can run with Ant?
>>> The current pain points
>>> - Keep Ant examples up to date is manual labor
>>> - Some examples dont currently work as documented in README.txt file
>>> - End user will have to manually download 3rd party libraries such as
>>> Spring, ActiveMQ, Hibernate etc.
>>> - End user will have to set environment variables for home, eg
>>> - Some examples have migrated and uses OpenJPA with Maven instead of
>>> Hibernate, and thus running with Maven vs. Ant diverts.
>>> I suggest that we remove ANT support for the more complicated examples
>>> where you need to download many different 3rd party projects and
>>> whatnot.
>>> We may want to keep it on a few simpler examples that we know can be
>>> supported.
>>> Sidebar
>>> ======
>>> Now that we talk about examples. I would like to add a very simple
>>> hello world examples as well.
>>> Something we can use in the getting started guide, so people who
>>> download the .zip / .tar can follow a guide.
>>> And run the hello world example and see that Camel is up and running
>>> quickly.
>>> For example it could be based on the maven archetype that creates a
>>> sample project (that example which moves files using a Content Based
>>> Router).
>>> Then we could have this example supported by Ant and Maven.
>>> =====
>>> Any thoughts?
>>> --
>>> Claus Ibsen
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>> --
>> Cheers,
>> Jon
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