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From Joe Bowser <bows...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Proof of Concept: Android Studio Project Structure
Date Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:57:59 GMT
No.  If you're a CLI user, you shouldn't notice the change once everything
is complete.  This change
is for people who have to do some Android development to integrate some new
feature or write a custom
plugin or something.

Of course, we already have other problems with people who don't have
Android Studio setup trying to build Cordova, but that's not what this
proposal is about.  This is about making sure Google doesn't break us
further.

On Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 9:50 AM, Filip Maj <maj.fil@gmail.com> wrote:

> Dropping ANT support now seems like a good idea.
>
> This overall sounds good to me. One question I have is how would this
> affect users that have only the command-line tools installed, and not
> a full Android studio setup? Does this approach preclude those users
> from leveraging Cordova? I'm not sure that's a showstopper to me, but
> I would like to clarify that.
>
> On Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 9:30 AM, Joe Bowser <bowserj@gmail.com> wrote:
> > Hey
> >
> > Since we've been running into numerous issues with Google updating their
> > tools already, I think it's time that we update the new project structure
> > to work with Android Studio more easily so that we can integrate JUnit
> > tests for plugins, Library Projects, Gradle dependencies and allow for
> > people to work with Android Studio and Android tools more easily on
> Cordova
> > projects.
> >
> > Right now, I have a branch where I'm currently working on stuff.  I don't
> > have upgrade scripts working, nor do I have plugin installation working
> > yet, but this will auto-detect the structure and will pick the right
> > builder for the project.  You can check it out here.
> >
> > https://github.com/infil00p/cordova-android/tree/StudioProjectCleanup
> >
> > It should be noted that we kinda half-assed the ANT support and that we
> > never properly supported Ant, so I think we should officially drop Ant
> > support in the next version of Apache Cordova regardless.
> >
> > The big elephant in the room is the plugin installer and the fact that
> > plugin authors basically abandon their projects after the 1.0 release.
> > Cordova probably has the most abandonware that I've ever seen.  We're
> going
> > to have to write a LOT of mapper code just to keep the old plugins
> working
> > since people are using them regardless of their abandonware status, and
> we
> > don't have the resources to re-write every plugin everywhere and support
> > them.
> >
> > That said, we've used plugins as an excuse to not upgrade for three years
> > now, and I think the problems with this position are going to get a lot
> > worse the longer we pretend that Android Studio doesn't exist.
> >
> > Here's the TL;DR of what I propose:
> > 1. Change project structure so new Cordova-Android platform directories
> > have an Android Studio directory structure.
> > 2. Allow for existing projects to stay the same for the time being and
> for
> > a project upgrade to be hidden behind a flag
> > 3. Move plugins to work like library projects and possibly AARs down the
> > road.
> >
> > I know that I've written this e-mail before, but it would be great if we
> > could finally move forward with this change before Google breaks more
> stuff
> > with our current builds.
> >
> > Thoughts?
> >
> > Joe
>
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