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Subject [Incubator Wiki] Update of "EasyAntProposal" by antoine
Date Tue, 18 Jan 2011 17:21:14 GMT
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EasyAnt Proposal

The following presents the proposal for creating a new EasyAnt project within the Apache Software

= Abstract =

Easyant is a build system based on Apache Ant and Apache Ivy.

= Proposal =

EasyAnt goals are :

    * to leverage popularity and flexibility of Ant.
    * to integrate Apache Ivy, such that the build system combines a ready-to-use dependency
    * to simplify standard build types, such as building web applications, JARs etc, by providing
ready to use builds.
    * to provide conventions and guidelines.
    * to make plugging-in of fresh functionalities easy as writing simple Ant scripts as Easyant

To still remain adaptable,

    * Though Easyant comes with a lot of conventions, we never lock you in.
    * Easyant allows you to easily extend existing modules or create and use your own modules.
    * Easyant makes migration from Ant very simple. Your legacy Ant scripts could still be
leveraged with Easyant.

= Rationale =

On the Ivy and Ant mailing list, an often asked question is "Why Ivy is not shipped with Ant
?". Ant users (and some opponents) complains also about the bootstrapping of an Ant based
build system: it is mainly about copying an existing one. EasyAnt is intended to response
to both of these requirements: a prepackaged Ant + Ivy solution with standard build script
ready to be used.

Also taking inspiration from the success of Apache Maven, EasyAnt is adopting the "convention
over configuration" principle. Then it could be easy to build standard project at least for
all commons steps (no more need to reinvent the wheel between each projects). The "common"
part should be easy enough to tune parameters without having deep ant knowledge (example changing
the default directory of sources, force compilation to be java 1.4 compatible, etc...).

Last but not least, EasyAnt is intended to provide a plugin based architecture to make it
easy to contribute on a specific step of the build. Build plugins are pieces of functionality
that can be plugged into or removed from a project. Plugins could actually perform a piece
of your regular build, e.g. compile java classes during build of a complete war. Or, do a
utility action, e.g. deploy your built web application onto a packaged Jetty server!

= Current Status =

== Meritocracy ==

Some of the core developers are already committers and members of the Apache Ant PMC, so they
understand what it means to have a process based on meritocracy. 

== Community ==

EasyAnt have a really small community (around 100 downloads per release). It is not a problem
as the team is currently making restructuring changes. The team plans to make more promotion
after those changes and strongly believe that community is the priority as the tool is designed
to be easy to use.

== Core Developers ==

Xavier Hanin and Nicolas Lalevée are members of the PMC of Apache Ant.
Jerome Benois  is an Acceleo committer, he was a committer in Eclipse MDT Papyrus for two
years and he's an active contributor in Eclipse Modeling and Model Driven community. He's
a committer on Bushel project now contribute to the Ivy code base. He leads the EasyAnt for
Eclipse plugin development.
Jason Trump is leading Beet project on sourceforge (
Jean-Louis Boudart is Hudson committer.

== Alignment ==

EasyAnt is based on Apache Ant and Ivy. Being part of Apache could help for a closer collaboration
between projects. 
The team plans to reinject as much as possible stuff into Ant or Ivy like they've done in
the past on :
* extensionPoint : kind of IoC for targets (Ant)
* import/include mechanism (Ant)
* module inheritance (Ivy)

= Known risks =

== Orphaned products ==

Jean-Louis Boudart is the main developer of EasyAnt. Other developers got interested in this
project and are now touching to every aspect of EasyAnt. Thus the risk of being orphaned is
quite limited.

== Inexperience with Open Source ==

Many of the committers have experience working on open source projects. Two of them have experience
as committers on other Apache projects. 

== Homogenous Developers ==

The existing committers are spread over a number of countries and employers. 

== Reliance on Salaried Developers ==

None of the developers rely on EasyAnt for consulting work.

== Relationships with Other Apache Products ==

As already stated above, EasyAnt is intended to have a quite good integration with both Apache
Ant and Apache Ivy.

== A Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand ==

As we're already based on many Apache project (Ant + Ivy), it seems natural for us that Apache
Software Foundation could be a good host for this.

= Documentation =

Further reading on EasyAnt can be found at:

Mailing list is located at

= Initial Source =

The initial code base can be found at:

= Source and Intellectual Property Submission Plan =

Every developer is willing to sign the proper papers to make EasyAnt enter the ASF.

= External Dependencies =

Easyant requires at compile/runtime :

* apache ant 
* apache ivy
* ant contrib 

= Required Resources =

== Mailing lists ==

 * easyant-private (with moderated subscriptions)
 * easyant-dev

== Subversion Directory ==

== Issue Tracking ==


= Initial Committers =

* Xavier Hanin
* Jérôme Benois
* Jason Trump
* Siddhartha Purkayastha
* Nicolas Lalevée
* Jean-Louis Boudart

= Sponsors =

== Champions ==

* Antoine Lévy-Lambert

== Nominated Mentors ==

* Antoine Lévy-Lambert

== Sponsoring Entity ==

* Apache Ant

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