Hi Daniel,

Thanks for your feedback. I'm pushing to my personal github. I have a
parent pom with a submodule core and a submodule ext. I want to check
alternatives for the different artifacts. Maybe with reflection, as
suggested by the previous effort, or retrotranslator.

https://github.com/mauronunez/incubator-freemarker/tree/maven ( my fork,
branch "maven" )

I have more experience with maven, but I think this as intermediate step
for Gradle.
About maven for FM2, yes, I agree with to keep it as is,  not impacting
users. I want to contribute my changes to FM3, but now, FM2 it's a good
codebase to test, and to be more involved as developer.

Btw, I've create a pull request to fix some Junit tests.



2016-09-21 14:49 GMT-03:00 Daniel Dekany <ddek...@freemail.hu>:

> Hi,
> In FreeMarker 3 we want to modularize the project, so that there will
> be at least a freemarker-core and then a separate artifacts for each
> extension (like freemarker-jsp, etc.). Thus so far I agree with what
> you are doing. If it can be done with FreeMarker 2 though, I'm not
> sure, because we have to keep strict backward compatibility there, and
> also we have to consider how much hassle such a change causes for the
> users. (There are orders magnitude more users than contributors.
> Something that's nice for the contributors might bears no value for
> the users, or even just makes dependency management more fragile for
> them.)
> As of a monolithic Maven build (where the point is to migrate away
> from Ant and make the build more "standard"), there was such activity,
> but it didn't get far enough so far:
> https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/FREEMARKER-7?jql=
> project%20%3D%20FREEMARKER
> The main problem is that in FreeMarker it happens now and then that we
> have to depend on multiple versions of the same artifact (or on
> multiple versions of the Java platform). Ant can handle that, but
> Maven... well, perhaps if we extract parts that are above the baseline
> platform (Java 5 currently, but let's say Java 6) into separate
> artifacts, like freemarker-core-java-8 and such, but that won't be
> backward compatible as users had to depend on them explicitly (I
> guess), and even if we consider FreeMarker 3, it might complicates the
> life of users. So perhaps we have to look into using Gradle. (Gradle
> can be also handy if we want to target Android, and with in FreeMarker
> 3 we surely should.)
> Also, there are quite a few extra steps and extra tasks, if you look
> into the build.xml. Though I guess most of them can be reimplemented
> in Maven gradually, and we can keep the Ant build until it's done...
> Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 10:03:56 PM, Mauricio Nuñez wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I'm a older user of freemarker, from version 1. Today, I'm working in a
> > maven pom.xml  for freemarker. Freemarker is very valuable for me, and I
> > want to contribute. My old web site ( www.chile.com )  is down now, but
> it
> > was developed with freemarker about 2002-2003.
> >
> > I'm using a maven plugin for javacc, and this build is working. I have
> some
> > issues with some JUnit tests, but I'm working in that ( I guess the
> problem
> > is related to my Locale )
> >
> > But my approach is to create a base freemarker project, and a second
> > project, related to extensions ( jython, servlet, etc ). Before
> continue, I
> > want some comments from you.
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Mauricio
> --
> Thanks,
>  Daniel Dekany

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