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From Marshall Schor <...@schor.com>
Subject Re: release / build simplification - progress on using docbk maven plugin
Date Sat, 03 Apr 2010 18:58:58 GMT
Good progress on docbook tooling -

I've now succeeded in getting one of our more complex "books" to build
with docbk.  The fonts work, the images work, and the olink cross-book
linking seems to be working.

Next, I'll see if I can get all of the uima books to build and cross
reference.

-Marshall

On 3/29/2010 9:09 AM, Marshall Schor wrote:
> Toward this goal, I think I have found a way to make each maven artifact
> independently buildable (and even releasable).  The key is to remove the
> cross project dependencies on having other checked-out things.
>
> To do this I would make these 3 changes:
>
> 1) separate pom functions: into parent poms (whose function is to factor
> out common things) and "aggregate" poms (whose function is to aggregate
> other modules - so they can be built and released as one thing).
>
> 2) replace our docbook tooling with the maven docbkx plugin - I've tried
> this on a small piece of documentation, and it seems like with a bit of
> work, it could be configured to fit our docbook usage.
>
> 3) replace our dependency on copying license/notice boilerplate from the
> uimaj-distr project checkout, with the approach used in the apache.org
> pom - using the maven remote-resources plugin to get it.
>
> When this is done, it will no longer be important exactly how svn
> checkouts occur, since we won't be depending on relative directory
> coordinates to do builds (with the exception of aggregate poms).  For
> aggregate poms, these would always be checked out with the sub-modules
> they are aggregating, since that's their purpose.  But with this, if
> someone wanted to checkout and build a sandbox annotator, they could
> just do that one project.
>
> With this approach, we could transition to a scheme whereby we would not
> update submodules that don't change from release to release, if we so
> desired (I think that would be a good idea). 
>
> I'll push forward with seeing if I can get our big docbooks to build
> properly using the docbkx plugin.
>
> What do others think about this direction?
>
> -Marshall
>
>
>   

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