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From "" <>
Subject Re: Build system migration
Date Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:10:08 GMT
It is quite complex. For instance the openlaszlo compilation is not a
widespread maven target. I think we also have a bit a learning curve to get
comfortable with the new options.
I think a migration phase is quite acceptable for everybody.

On Apr 4, 2014 10:04 PM, "Maxim Solodovnik" <> wrote:

> OK
> Thanks!
> I'll checking working parts and things will live "in parallel" for some
> time
> On Fri, Apr 4, 2014 at 4:02 PM, <
>> wrote:
>> We would like to go away from a highly customized build process to a
>> standardize process to build, develop, release and test software.
>> While Ant is tool which is good to compile software we are already need
>> to extend it with Ivy to get dependency management. While Ivy is also using
>> Maven repositories in the end. Maven will integrate that in one tool
>> without hacking our own way.
>> Maven further has standardized hooks for instance to release software.
>> For example this entire naming convention "-SNAPSHOT" that we simulate
>> manually, actually its root is from Maven, where this is just the way Maven
>> calls the packages. And Maven supplies a build target to create a release,
>> commit the tag to the SVN and update the main branch to with the version
>> name in one go.
>> Same for Testing, we simulate Maven functionality while Maven has a build
>> in target that would nicely integrate with Jenkins to generate our test
>> reports. Building the test suite is part of the Maven release and build
>> process. So every build will automatically include the regression test.
>> Instead of us manually somehow hook some hand coded ant builds in some
>> order, Maven would do that.
>> In other words: It is not just a tool to compile something, it is
>> framework for the entire software development life cycle , build, develop,
>> test and release.
>> Besides that it makes it easier for us to build components that are less
>> coupled and can life on their own. We can build multiple Maven plugins.
>> While we do not see use in some of our JARs and classes, others might be.
>> The more accessible we make our project the easier it will be for 3rd party
>> to hook into our application and contribute something.
>> Our ANT script is pretty much an organic grown monster. I started it with
>> 10 lines of build script. Now it is thousands. For anybody beyond you and
>> me this is pretty much un-maintainable. And with Maven we do not only solve
>> that but also can get rid of some of the custom build script as it is
>> already build into Maven.
>> So from my point of view that would be a very desirable goal to migrate
>> to Maven. It is probably not as straightforward as switching a couple of
>> flags, but the longer we wait the more difficult it will be to maintain
>> what we have.
>> Sebastian
>> On Apr 4, 2014 9:26 PM, "Maxim Solodovnik" <> wrote:
>>> Hello Sebastian,
>>> I have started to migrate our build system to maven.
>>> Could you please remind me why do we need such migration?
>>> --
>>> WBR
>>> Maxim aka solomax
> --
> Maxim aka solomax

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