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From "Yonik Seeley" <yo...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Maven builds
Date Thu, 15 Feb 2007 20:24:08 GMT
My first impression of ant:
  Ok, the syntax is a little funky, and I can't re-use my knowledge of command
line options to tools w/o doing an exec...  I need to learn the "ant" parameters
for all the different tasks now.  I can look at a build.xml and tweak/fix it
because there isn't too much "magic" involved... it's fairly straight
forward do-this
then do-that, specified in portable XML.

My first impression of maven:
  Pretty websites as part of the build system - cool!  And it's
*great* for starting
a new project... unit tests automatically run, website is built,
automatic packaging, jar/war build, everything you need!
But, it all seems like magic to me... if I want to do something different,
even a minor little change, I don't know where to start.  If I want to add an
additional compile flag, where does that go??? I have no idea.  To change the
behavior (like using Java5 source) I need to google and find the magic
incantation.

Maybe the benefits of maven pay off over the long run, but as one
casual/newbie user, it just seemed like too much of a black box that I
can't quickly hack to get it to do what I want.

-Yonik

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