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From Brian>
Subject Re: Sharing code between plugman and cordova-cli
Date Sat, 12 Apr 2014 00:36:52 GMT
It would be very good for folks to understand the benefit of using npm is
that we will likely only have to release these small modules very rarely.
Once the module is out the dependency part is done. This is vastly simpler
workflow, smaller codebases to reason about, quicker to test, and easier to
ship small releases. If the small module is only applicable to Corodva that
is fine and good.

This is less complicated. It is easier to share code that is in modules.
Adding them to the same repo is no different than adding it to the
package.json and require'ing it in from a programming perspective (but it
does add overhead of a large codebase in a single repo).

Having large monolith codebases is considered a poor practice in Node based
projects and most of Cordova today is a Node based project. I recommend
learning more about the philosophy and reasoning for these practices. We
don't need to 'conform' to all Node-isms (like favoring callbacks to
promises or streams to sync i/o operations) but the committers here would
do well to understand those primitives and the motivations for them.

On Sat, Apr 12, 2014 at 5:42 AM, Mark Koudritsky <> wrote:

> On Fri, Apr 11, 2014 at 2:53 PM, Steven Gill <>
> wrote:
> ...
> > I'd love to get more details about your proposed first patch. What do you
> > mean by "Move internal implementation details of plugman into
> > cordova". I interpret it as move common functionality into cli, make
> > plugman dependent on cli.
> Yes, that's the intention.
> > If that is the case, wouldn't it make more sense
> > to move the functionality into plugman since the cli already requires it?
> >
> There is no big difference which way to move the code as long as it's easy
> to share, the change is very simple either way. The cli npm package name is
> "cordova" which is an argument towards keeping most of the logic there
> because that's the name people know. For users the change will be
> transparent, plugman users will continue to "npm install plugman" and cli
> users will continue to "npm install cordova".
> I like the end goals of your proposal, in that we are working towards
> > smaller modules. I'm not sure if moving components from one repo to
> another
> > is a better way to reach the end goal, instead of Mark's original
> > suggestion of a third cordova-lib repo that both plugman + cli can depend
> > on.
> The end goal of my proposal is simplified development workflow without
> complicating release workflow.
> Right now I'm working on a new piece of code (dealing with plugin deps and
> versions) that should be used in both plugman and cli. While it seems like
> it should be trivial, at a closer look there is currently no clean way to
> share such code between cli and plugman (just like xml helpers are cloned).
> At this stage that piece of code is nowhere close to being ready for
> release as a separate small module, but it has a good potential to
> eventually become such module (though it will never be usable outside
> cordova).

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