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From Daniel Dekany <>
Subject Re: Contributing Freemarker CLI ...
Date Thu, 17 Jan 2019 18:48:44 GMT
In principle "Who user FreeMarker?" is where such community projects
appear, but admittedly it's not focused enough to increase visibility
of this otherwise important category of application. Now, FMPP was
directly under the "Tooling" menu back then, but I have removed it as
it wasn't maintained much anymore... not like I know of alternatives
with similar set of feature though. Now I have put that submenu back,
but as "File-to-file transformers", and it links to both FMPP and your

Feel free to improve/replace the project description (with something
similarly short).

As of freemarker-generator, it provides too little functionality, and
is too specialized at the moment to include it there. I hoped the
contributors will put some more work into it, but it seems they won't.
My idea was that if there's an "offical" CLI/Maven/Gradle tool that's
sufficiently flexible/generic, then it's more likely that people will
contribute to that instead of creating their own similar but more
specialized tools. Obviously at its current stage that won't happen.
So anyone feels like improving it (it was discussed here how), don't
hold yourself back.

Thursday, January 3, 2019, 10:01:52 PM, Siegfried Goeschl wrote:

> Hi Daniel,
> unfortunately I somehow missed FMPP :-(
> What do you think about adding a “Community Projects” or “Related
> Projects” section on the web page? 
> * I honestly think that FMPP and “freemarker-generator” should be more easy to find
> * All of these projects allow visitors to play around with
> Freemarker easily and some of the visitors will become users and maybe contributors ...
> Having said that I would be very happy with a link - even more
> happy as part of  a " “Community Projects” / “Related Projects” section …
> Thanks in advance, 
> Siegfried Goeschl
>> On 03.01.2019, at 20:10, Daniel Dekany <> wrote:
>> From a quick look, it has a somewhat similar background than FMPP had,
>> that is, processing a whole directory of files (or just a file if
>> that's what needed) without writing specialized Java code, and loading
>> data from different type of sources, and "transformations". In that
>> regard, is also
>> similar, though it's very very simple, and there the main idea was to
>> have some "official" Maven plugin for basic code/config generation,
>> but the intent is that we generalize it, so that it can be called from
>> Gradle, and command-line as well, and so that it can load from other
>> data formats than JSON as well. Surely there's a few other similar
>> project out there too. Obviously we shouldn't have multiple similar
>> projects under the umbrella, so I wonder if
>> anything can be done about with these parallel efforts. Like in your
>> concrete case, if you see any hope for that, merging these efforts.
>> But, if nothing else, certainly you can get a link from
>> (I will try freemarker-cli when I find the
>> time.)
>> Monday, December 31, 2018, 3:46:15 PM, Siegfried Goeschl wrote:
>>> Hi folks,
>>> I asked many moons ago about contributing a Freemarker CLI (see
>>> - no idea about the
>>> outcome, can’t even find the emails :-)
>>> Well, I'm still using the code and it becomes sort of mature 
>>> * There is still some stuff I want to implement - mostly better
>>> handling of hierarchical documents
>>> * The code is currently written in Groovy but in the long run I
>>> would like to migrate to Java or Kotlin
>>> And I still somehow think my pet project is of interest for an larger audience
>>> What do you think?
>>> Thanks in advance, 
>>> Siegfried Goeschl
>> -- 
>> Thanks,
>> Daniel Dekany

 Daniel Dekany

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