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From Assaf Arkin <>
Subject Re: Quick Start Documentation
Date Wed, 15 Jul 2009 18:55:37 GMT
On Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 11:47 AM, Daniel Spiewak <>wrote:

> > +1 on "Buildr for Maven users" and "Buildr for Ant users";  I think most
> of
> > our users are refugees and giving them an introduction that illustrates
> > common patterns and examples from Ant/Maven converted to Buildr would be
> a
> > great evangelization^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hmigration tactic.
> I thought about doing two separate quick starts: one for maven and one for
> ant.  However, when it came time to actually write them, I realized that
> almost all of the material would be common to both.  I think there is only
> one spot where the tutorial diverges, with one paragraph exclusively for
> Maven refugees, while the next is the same concepts from the perspective of
> Ant.  Other than that, the concepts presented are pretty general.

I think it works very well the way you wrote it.


> > My other documentation wish lists are 1) FAQ, 2) something that
> introduces
> > Rake and how it relates to Buildr and 3) a short tutorial/appendix about
> > Ruby scripting focused on build-oriented tasks (e.g. copying, moving
> files,
> > executing external processes, etc.).
> I think an FAQ is an absolute must.  There again is something I looked for
> when I was first coming to Buildr.  I also agree with Martin in that Rake
> is
> foundational (literally) to Buildr, and knowledge of Rake only clarifies
> Buildr and the way it does things.  A short intro to Rake within the
> context
> of Buildr would be quite appropriate, I think; but I think that I'm not the
> right person to create that one, given my extremely limited knowledge of
> Rake.
> Daniel

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