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From Alex Harui <aha...@adobe.com>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Release Apache FlexJS 0.5.0
Date Fri, 06 Nov 2015 08:09:34 GMT

On 11/5/15, 11:30 PM, "Justin Mclean" <justinmclean@me.com> wrote:

>I think trying to have a simpler build would help a lot. This ties into
>what Chris has just posted as well.

Nobody is saying simpler builds wouldn’t help.  But how much?  More than a
more functional DataGrid?  Or a more Spark and/or MX-like component set
that reduces migration time for your app?  Or being able to write your JS
using AS?  And what does simpler mean?  Since Apache is a do-ocracy, will
you help us make it simpler?  To folks reading this who are interested in
FlexJS: what is the most important two or three things we should be
working on?

AIUI, Apache Open Office has thousands of users, most of whom can’t build
AOO from source.  They just want to use the product.  I think Flex is
similar.  Most of our users don’t care if they can build the release from
source.  You are correct that for both AOO and Flex they should care to
the extent that knowing the source is truly open and accounted for and
attracting new committers is what keeps a project going.  But my sense is
that they are mainly focused on getting their apps up and running.

The build script was improved in this release such that if you have a
couple of known sets of circumstances, like not having any of the repos,
that running “ant all” will get all the repos and build them in the right
order.  But for existing committers like you, who may have repos in
different folder structures with different names, it is much harder to
make “ant all” work.

Anyway, let’s get some concrete suggestions about what else we could do to
the build system to make it even simpler.  I’m off to bed for tonight.


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