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From Bryan Hunt <>
Subject Re: Which build tool to build the Apache Flex SDK(was: Ant vs. Maven vs. Gradle)
Date Tue, 28 Feb 2012 17:39:12 GMT
On Tue, 28 Feb 2012 12:13:14 -0500, Michel Boudreau <> wrote:
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> I'd agree with the comment about it doesn't matter what we build Flex with
> as long as it's available on the maven repo.  I haven't looked at the build
> script just yet, but as long as it doesn't have external dependencies that
> needs to be added to the codebase, I don't have any issue with using Ant.
> However, I do think it would be nice to have a more separated build
> process.  Think about it, just because we are building some new flex code
> doesn't mean the compiler necessarily changes or any other piece within the
> framework.   One of the main problems I've found with the Flex framework
> when using Maven is that Adobe never considered how it does things and
> keeps using Ant standards.  This normally results in weird configurations
> when it comes to setting up flex-mojos.

>From conversations with Marvin Froever of Flex-Mojos, my understanding
was that the biggest problem was that the Flex SDK contained
non-standard versions of Apache Commons lang, etc. 

The lack of disciplined dependency management with an eye towards the
larger eco-system was the most significant problem.

Ant is fine for small projects, I used to use it myself back in 2003 or
thereabouts but for larger stuff, with big teams it sucks.


Bryan Hunt

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