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Re: [cdt-dev] RIP Wascana, Build System discussion

I agree with Chris.  Half my users use Standard Make with Make
targets; the other half, without legacy makefiles to support, are
using managed build successfully.

> I'm not planning to drop MBS any time soon. Gut it? Maybe. If anything I'd
> like to eventually drop makefile generation as a feature, but last time I
> suggested that, there was practically a riot.

I only complained as the internal builder kept playing up for me :).
Perhaps it's better now. Certainly I think the future has the
automatic internal builder getting as close to the Java builder
performance as we can, and that's something I'm willing to help with!

I think there's immense value in supporting both.  If the Makefile
editor and API gets better, that's great, I'll certainly use it. But I
_also_ really like the fact that you can drop a bunch of source files
in and have them "just build".  Teaching users make would be harder
than teaching them to edit settings in the project properties dialog.

I know managed build gets knocked about a bit. And as untidy as the
API / implementation is, it does have lots of users in the real world
for whom it just works.


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> [cdt-dev] RIP Wascana, Build System discussion
> I'm abandoning Wascana, at least for now. If you haven't seen my blog entry,
> please take a look:
> . I have little time to spend on CDT and I'd prefer spending it on the
> infrastructure to support things I actually work on. I don't spend much time
> in Windows any more. As I said in the blog entry, if anyone wants to carry
> the torch for CDT on Windows, I'd be happy to provide guidance.
> That brings up something radical that crossed my mind. I started this whole
> build model thing for two reasons. One, to allow us to create modeling tools
> that work with build settings (big business there ;) and to equal Visual
> Studio's managed build system, which as I abandon Wascana, doesn't matter as
> much to me anymore. It really looks like we don't have enough investment to
> keep the build model going and to fix all of the issues with it. I'm
> wondering if a new approach is required.
> Alain's work on the Makefile editor to provide a good parser for it opens
> some doors. And given the power of gnu make, I wonder if building a strategy
> around a good makefile editor, a la the plugin.xml or Android manifext.xml
> editors, and a good template engine to create Makefiles with enough
> information to build certain types of projects, would be a more practical
> approach. Gnu make is available on our three major platforms, Windows,
> Linux, Mac, but we need to confirm availability for other platforms. Also
> the vast majority of our users use gcc, and we could continue to rely on gcc
> generated dependencies and abandon the internal builder entirely. The build
> definitions can still be used to provide info to customize the Makefile
> editor and to provide scanner Info.
> This is something that just jumped into my head in the last couple of days
> and needs to be fleshed out. It still needs a story for people using non-gnu
> tooling. And there are some good things in the current system we should
> keep, like the scanner provider stuff (but in a simpler way), resource
> specific build info, build exclusions, configs, flexible UI.
> But at this stage of the game, I think it's important that we pick a
> solution that is practical given that we have such little commercial
> interest in CDT's managed build solution. Everyone still has their own build
> system, so why are we investing in something big that most CDT users don't
> need.
> Please let me know what you are thinking and we can discuss further in
> upcoming conference calls. I'll continue to flesh out this story so we can
> make an decision on it. Unless you all think it's crap in which case, I can
> drop it.
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