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From Assaf Arkin <as...@labnotes.org>
Subject Re: buildr usability
Date Tue, 20 Oct 2009 17:20:13 GMT
On Tue, Oct 20, 2009 at 5:46 AM, Ittay Dror <ittay.dror@gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
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> Regarding the next buildr version, I think the biggest issue should be
> being able to quickly start using buildr.
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> My experience is that BuildR is great for me as a build developer. It
> allows me to do in several lines of code things that would take a lot
> more in Ant and that I probably wouldn't even try with Maven.
>
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> However, when it comes to other developers that just want to compile the
> code, the procedure to start working with BuildR is just an obstacle
> they need to go through. And given that it is not as standard as Maven
> or Ant, it is something new to install.
>
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> Right now, I have 3 people trying to use BuildR without success. The
> first uses linux and so installed the ruby package but had segmentation
> faults with java 1.6 (which we must use), so he needed to compile ruby
> from source (not a smooth experience for a java developer coming from
> windows). After compiling and installing, trying to upload, he got an
> error about not being able to require openssl. Now, 'require' is not a
> known term to a java developer... the reason for the error was that at
> the time of compilation he didn't have libssl-dev installed. So he
> needed to install it, re-generate the Makefile for ext/openssl and then
> install it. This was a long, un-Java process to go through...
>
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> Two other users had issues because they couldn't get BuildR to install
> on Mac. RJB could not find the ruby headers. We couldn't resolve this
> issue, so they needed to resort to using another machine (!)
>
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> Of course there's the choice of using JRuby. However, It will still
> require multiple steps (installing jruby then buildr) and I'm sure it
> will have its own issues.
>
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> What it boils down to is bad first impression with BuildR.
>
> I want to suggest that BuildR will be provided as a self-contained
> package. It could be jruby with all gems that can be extracted some
> placed and used, but optimally, it will also be packages per OS (can be
> .tar.gz of binaries), which will help performance when running the
> builds. An additional feature is proper inspection of the environment
> before running (something like 'require 'openssl' rescue puts "please
> make sure you have openssl installed, on linux install libssl and on
> mac...").
>

+1 and also consider platform-specific installation (apt-get, yum,
macports).

Assaf


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> Regards,
> Ittay
>
> P.s., I can try to accomplish this if the idea sounds good.
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