On Monday, 12 February 2018 at 10:35:06 UTC, Russel Winder wrote:
In all the discussion of Dub to date, it hasn't been pointed out that JVM building merged dependency management and build a long time ago. Historically:


  Make → Ant → Maven → Gradle

and Gradle can handle C++ as well as JVM language builds.

So the integration of package management and build as seen in Go, Cargo, and Dub is not a group of outliers. Could it be then that it is the right thing to do. After all package management is a dependency management activity and build is a dependency management activity, so why separate them, just have a single ADG to describe the whole thing.

SCons, CMake, and Meson (also Reggae?) are traditional build tools, but they assume all package dependency management is handled elsewhere,

Indeed. That's the big problem of these non-specialiazed build tools.


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