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Re: [ide-dev] A story of Handly and MelnormeEclipse

On 03/11/2016 11:13 AM, Vladimir Piskarev wrote:
I'd rather keep Handly separate for the time being, with perhaps moving parts of it down to the Eclipse Platform (LTK?) eventually. I believe that it is not necessary to be part of another project to be used by it, right? :-) I mean that DLTK could depend on Handly, not the other way around. (Handly is really much more generic while being much narrower in scope.)
In theory yes, in practice, there are other things to consider than just code:
* Handly is currently a small and young project: very few contributors, not much community... Those are things that need to tremendously grow to consider Platform or DLTK relying on Handly. Indeed, adopting an upstream project as a dependency is a critical strategic choice, so it requires real sustainability to be considered. However, in the other way round, if Handly gets part of DLTK, then it will immediately get a boost of contributors and/or users, and be perceived as more "reliable" by other projects such as JDT, CDT, JSDT, PDT...
* Moving a piece of code to Platform or JDT comes with a bunch of constraints about API or release schedule, so it's clearly not something recommended for any piece of code that didn't reach a high enough level of maturity.

If you want to succeed in your goal of factorizing language tool, that cannot be a one-man project. It seems easier to join an established project that already share parts of this objective.

My 2c.
Mickael Istria
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