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From Om <bigosma...@gmail.com>
Subject Ant vs. Maven vs. Gradle
Date Tue, 28 Feb 2012 09:31:52 GMT
It looks like the last time we discussed this issue, we never came up with
a definitive answer.  I hope to settle this question here.

First of all, there are two different issues:

1.  What do we devs use to build the Apache Flex SDK?
2.  What build mechanisms should we build support for end users who use
the Flex SDK?

I will let the team decide what we do for 1 (My personal preference is
GradleFX)  We should all norm on one system, whatever the majority wants.
This is to ensure that we dont trip over ourselves duplicating efforts for
doing mundane things like building nightly builds or even release builds.
There has been a lot of discussion on this topic.  We may not want to go
through all that.  It would be best to take a vote.

But, for 2, the answer is pretty obvious.  We should build support for all
build management systems.  Ant, Maven, Gradle, etc.  This is to ensure that
we do not exclude any developer from makeing use of the Flex SDK.  The
build tool is only an ancilliary part of this project and there is no need
for us to pigeon hole the Flex SDK to one system.  Just like we would like
the Flex SDK to run on FB, FDT, IntelliJ, etc.
I believe we have enough advocates of each system in this mailing list who
can make such support happen for their favorite build system.  If something
better comes up tomorrow, we should be able to quickly add support for that
tool.

Thanks,
Om

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