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

Alex Russell alex at dojotoolkit.org
Tue Sep 28 00:50:45 CDT 2004

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On Monday 27 September 2004 10:30 pm, David Schontzler wrote:
> On Mon, 27 Sep 2004 22:23:43 -0700, Alex Russell 
<alex at dojotoolkit.org> wrote:
> > Because users also want things like:
> [snip]
> >         * speed (the ability to pull down as little as is
> > required to run)
> How exactly will the build tool really accomplish this?

By including in your distribution package only what you need. Sure, 
you can manually cat all the file togeather (and hope that all the 
dependency satisfaction code still works right), but it's a much 
eaiser thing to get right inside the build process.

And so now you ask why I'd want them all in one file? Becuase HTTP 
setup/tear down is a significant cost, and we're all about reducing 
adoption costs. We will be providing a "standard" set of files 
packaged togeather, but it even makes that easier to do it through 
the build process.

Essentially, unless you've done the release engineering on something 
like netWindows or burst, it's hard to grok how much goes into 
getting the right things in the right place in the right order. Build 
tools make that a process that I need to get right only once. This is 
a Good Thing (TM).


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