FYI: Build system rewrite in Ant

Mani Sarkar sadhak001 at
Wed Apr 1 21:41:35 UTC 2015

+1 to Martijn's gesture to a conversion tool, I'm personally driven to
explore these:

- Gradle
- Maven and its derivatives are a good option too
(see this article


- - ultra fast ;)

You might not go for this immediately, but ideas from here are good for the
present and future of Java -

Here's a nice comparison -

I find XML hard to read compared to JSON or YAML - especially when your XML
file grows into a big huge monolith.

With this I hope I have made some friends and some will likely become
friends eventually.


On Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 11:41 AM, Mario Torre <neugens.limasoftware at
> wrote:

> 2015-04-01 11:59 GMT+02:00 Martijn Verburg <martijnverburg at>:
> > I'm personally willing to provide a ANT to MAVEN conversion tool which
> will
> > allow for a more verbose an rdable build system.  It will also ensure
> that
> > dependencies are always downloaded at all times ensuring network pipes
> are
> > kept clean.
> Ok, I've had a discussion with the rest of my team and we are
> convinced that real Free Software projects cannot live without
> Makefiles.
> So in order to give people choice I'm volunteering to restore the old
> system used in IcedTea version 6 as a fork of the current ant based
> build tool.
> While there, we noticed that Mercurial is really leading to a very
> high flow of patches, too difficult to work with and follow, so we
> decide to move to RCS.
> We think this is the only reasonable thing to do in a fast paced
> project and the increased workflow will create less and more focused
> commits, leading to a higher quality of them!
> Cheers,
> Mario
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