By kto on Feb 16, 2009
So what happened to my Java and OpenJDK/JDK blogs for the past few months?
Yup, JavaFX bit me. I've been busy working on a special build project for JavaFX, including learning all about the Hudson continuous build system, Ant build script capabilities, and dealing with another forest of Mercurial repositories. Along the way I discovered some new build tricks which I will try and share in separate postings.
The OpenJFX Compiler Project is now sporting a new Mercurial repository (previously was in SubVersion), and a new setup repository that has taken up a great deal of my time. This OpenJFX Compiler project is the "open source" part of JavaFX right now.
The OpenJFX Compiler Setup Files is an open Mercurial repository that allows for building of the entire JavaFX product from a forest of repositories, not all open of course.
Now before you post a question asking why JavaFX isn't all open source, you would be asking the wrong person, I don't know and I have very little influence over this, see the open source statement here. Also see the OpenJFX Data Site for more information on what is visible in the OpenJFX Compiler project.
Some of the issues I tried to tackle with this new setup may relate to many other projects:
- Dealing ant scripts on a very large project full of hundreds of ant scripts.
- Dealing with ant and native compilation, including using GNU make, Mac xcodebuild, Visual Studio devenv, and the always painful Visual Studio vcvars32.bat environment variable setup on Windows.
- Builds of a Mercurial forest, allowing maximum independence but sharing what makes sense to share.
- Hudson setups and benefits, and the limitations of continuous build system with a distributed source code management system (Mercurial).
- Ant tricks and limitations I found.
- Source repository rules, what you should and should not put into your repository.
More on these topics later...