[ng-dhtml] putting the build tool thing to bed

David Schontzler schontz at gmail.com
Mon Sep 27 13:57:32 CDT 2004

Sounds good.

On Mon, 27 Sep 2004 11:23:14 -0700, Alex Russell <alex at dojotoolkit.org> wrote:
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> Hey everyone,
> Dylan is on vacation this week, and he was looking into build tools,
> but we can't let that stop us from getting to a decision.
> As I see it right now, the build tool universe is split between
> Make(-alike) and Ant(-alike) tools. Make tools themselves, while
> potentially portable, have a significant downside as soon as
> dependence on a single shell or path layout, or other
> system-dependent item gets introduced into the build path. OTOH, Ant
> is dog-slow and without Rhino or another scripting addition, is a
> right bitch to get things done quickly in.
> All of that said, we have developers on a ton of different platforms
> today, and many/most of them have a Java environment. Ant _can_ be
> coerced to behave nicely with various add-ons, and right now I think
> the portability benefit outweighs my deep concerns with its
> day-to-day usability. I don't think we'll actually be able to avoid a
> multi-language dependency in the build process, so I think
> Python+Docutils is also something we can safely keep around
> (potentially via Jython at some later date).
> Unless there are objections, I'm going to start working on getting our
> build setup with Java+Ant+Python+Docutils+Rhino. I'll be sure to add
> all the necessaray jars to SVN.
> Regards
> - --
> Alex Russell
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