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From Maxim Solodovnik <>
Subject Re: Build system migration
Date Fri, 04 Apr 2014 09:04:38 GMT

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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