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From Jean-Louis Boudart <>
Subject Re: Some feedback on EasyAnt
Date Mon, 15 Apr 2013 19:13:39 GMT
Hi Xavier,

Thanks for your feedback !

2013/4/15 Xavier Hanin <>

> I've been playing a little bit with easyant 0.9 this wek-end, and I have
> some feedback:
> - I have some issues with the multi module example:
>   - if I run "easyant verify" at the root I get an error: "The <classpath>
> for <junit> must include junit.jar if not in Ant's own classpath"
>   - if I run "easyant publish-local" I get another error: "bad revision
> found in ivy file (Revision: 0.2-local-20130415094618). Use forcedeliver or
> update"
Good catch i'll fix this now

> - from a documentation point of view, I have not found the documentation of
> plugins. Having links from the plugins and standard build types pages would
> be really nice. To change the compiler source and target version I had to
> check the source files.

> - the source files of plugins are pretty easy to read and understand, I
> think providing links to them or documentation on where to find them would
> be useful for people used to plain ant (maybe I just missed this part of
> the doc, I didn't read everything).
Plugin documentation is not online yet. We didn't took time to find how to
publish them as we may have differences in future plugin releases.
We already have a way to generate plugin documentation. Adding links to
plugin sources could be a good too.

> - I've written a small tool to convert basic (very basic I mean) pom files
> to module.ivy, and the result is interesting: on a bunch of modules, not
> only the build run perfectly well (it's really nice to use the same
> conventions), but also it's slightly faster: on a 22 multi module build, a
> "easyant package" take 19s against 23s for "mvn -DskipTests=true install"
Nice to hear that it's easy to move from a standard maven build with
multimodules to easyant. Will you share your tool to convert pom files to
module.ivy ?

> To conclude there's room for improvement, but you've done a very good work
> especially on the maven compatibility side, which is great for people
> having a maven build.
I plan to continue improving support for maven users. In early days of
easyant we wrote a plugin to emulate maven publication (generating a pom
and related metadatas) [1] . I saw ivy improvements on makepom task [2] and
i believe we have work to do on both project to make life easier for maven
users to reuse publicated artifacts by ivy/easyant.

> For the bugs and documentation improvements, I know I could contrbute
> myself, but I have to admit I don't have enough time to dedicate.
No problem :)


Jean Louis Boudart
Independent consultant
Apache EasyAnt commiter

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