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From Sylvain Wallez <>
Subject Re: Do we want a GUI installer?
Date Sat, 16 Apr 2005 09:53:11 GMT
Jorg Heymans wrote:

> Upayavira wrote:
>>> I can see this being useful for first time cocooners.
>>> What if the cocoon build switches to maven (as rumoured a few times 
>>> already)? Can the tool be extended to handle this? Will you need 
>>> seperate logic to handle the 2.2 block configuration?
>> If it can be done from Ant, it can be done with this tool. All it 
>> does is collects properties and delivers them to Ant.
>>> Overall, IMO the potential effort of maintaining such a tool isn't 
>>> worth the benefit.
>> Maybe. Which is why I was asking!
>> The effort to maintain for 2.1 is pretty minimal - it would just be a 
>> single XSLT on gump.xml and a few jars in the repo. For 2.2, well, 
>> we'll need to see what that is before we can decide!
> Well if it's no effort i don't see why it couldn't be added to the 
> next release as an experiment (pending license issues ofcourse). As 
> long as you make sure that the users know it's just a toy-experiment 
> and nothing more there should be no harm.
> Actually, will/should Lepido provide anything like this? Any 
> Lepido'ers care to comment?

Sorry for the late answer. The list is very busy lately and me too ;-)

Yes, an installer, or more specifically a "new project wizard", is one 
the goals of Lepido. However, I may seem overkill for a newcomer that 
just wants to try out Cocoon to add another huge download to the alreay 
large Cocoon distro.

So this effort is welcome. The licence problem seems to be a blocker 
though, since a graphical installer is supposed to make people's life 
easier, and having to download the installer libraries separately is 
definitely not easy!


Sylvain Wallez                        Anyware Technologies  
Apache Software Foundation Member     Research & Technology Director

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