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From Martin Grotzke <>
Subject Re: Quick Start Documentation
Date Sun, 19 Jul 2009 01:08:58 GMT

now I have shortened the quickstart a little bit. reading the whole doc
was fun btw! :)

the buildr clone url is


On Wed, 2009-07-15 at 13:55 -0500, Daniel Spiewak wrote:
> > that's a really good idea! And a great quick start!
> Thanks!
> > I scanned through your quick start, read the first paragraphs and then
> > began to scroll - it got a little bit too detailed at the end. E.g. for
> > a quick start I'd just mention how dependencies/artifacts are defined,
> > but I would not explain how buildr caches them. For such further
> > information the text could hyperlink to an appropriate section in the
> > full documentation. I'd also ignore things like the artifacts task, as
> > the "normal" build lifecycle does not include this task - at least for
> > me.
> True, @artifacts@ can be omitted, especially since @build@ takes care of
> that for you.  As for the very last bits about Rake tasks, I really think
> that should be left in some form.  Maybe we could simplify things a bit, but
> custom tasks are such a fundamental part of Buildr, I don't think we can
> just ignore them, even for a quick start.
> > I'd focus on keeping this quick start as short as possible and leave out
> > (link to) things that are not necessarily required to get the first
> > simple (multi module?) project going, so that new users don't get the
> > impression that buildr is kind of complex or that one needs to read a
> > lot to get the basic things done.
> Agreed.  Short and sweet.
> > Additionally one might create two intros "buildr for maven users" and
> > "buildr for ant users": e.g. for ant users it's definitely important
> > that they can reuse all their ant stuff without pain, and this would
> > also include an example for an ant task/target.
> See my other email on this one.  To summarize, I think the concepts
> presented in such tutorials would be so alike as to really merit merging
> into one, as I have done.  Maybe we could add a few p(tip) sections about
> "such-in-such in Ant/Maven equals this-and-that in Buildr"?
> > So if I can help with anything please let me know :)
> Famous last words.  :-)  I hardly consider my text to be sacred, so if you
> feel like a section needs to be deleted, a paragraph needs to be added, or a
> sentence needs to be re-worded, please, feel free!  I seem to recall that
> you cloned the Git repo.  Feel free to make changes and commit the results.
> If you give me a public clone URL for your repo, I'll pull your changes,
> review and push them up to the SVN.  This is just documentation stuff, so I
> don't think that a separate ASF agreement is necessary.  (is it?)
> Daniel

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