Refactoring JavaFX Builds & Sources

Anthony Petrov anthony.petrov at
Fri Oct 19 05:37:12 PDT 2012

On 10/18/2012 11:16 PM, Richard Bair wrote:
> In addition to code generation, we also build a ton of native code (gstreamer, webkit, prism, fonts, glass, image loading). So that has to fit into the build system. Building native code is SLOW, so being able to avoid it for "normal" developers, and being able to avoid native builds when nothing changed in the native code, is important.

Building native code may be slow in general, but building e.g. Glass 
takes under a minute. Of course I agree that if code hasn't changed, it 
shouldn't be re-built.

One more point: presently we can clone the repository and build just 
glass itself (which is very fast as I mentioned above). This is useful 
for quick testing, and also we have a Glass-only demo app that doesn't 
depend on FX, so we can work on Glass w/o even building the whole FX 
right now. Can we make the new build system support this kind of partial 
builds (at least for Glass)?

Another point: I see that the ultimate goal is to be able to build from 
an IDE, and this is fine. However, I think that building from command 
line should still be supported and not require any more than it requires 
now (which is basically just `cd to-my-repo && ant`).

best regards,

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