[Distutils-sig] (fwd) PROPOSAL: XML based Make for C++, Perl, Python, Java
Sun, 29 Nov 1998 02:25:28 +0100 (MET)
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From: Pluto <Pluto@nospam.com>
Subject: PROPOSAL: XML based Make for C++, Perl, Python, Java
Date: Fri, 27 Nov 1998 11:45:34 -0800
Perl, Python,etc are scripting languages that I use and that make me
very productive relative to the systems level languages like Java and
C++ (that I also use). There is a lot of innovation in both scripting
and system languages. But Make stays the same - and cryptic as ever.
So, I was hoping to challenge the more knowledgeable people on these
newsgroups (Perl, Python, Java, C++) to cooperate and bring Make into
the 90s. I was hoping to use an XML grammar to describe the Makefile.
The goals for this project:
1) Increase productivity by atleast 200%, while reducing typical
makefile lines of code by 50%.
2) Use a well defined XML standard.
3) Very human-readable.
4) X-Platform (Must run on Linux, NT, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, others)
5) X-Language (Must work for C++, Perl, Python, Java, others)
Perl's MakeMaker is a wonderful tool. And Perl is very popular (I like
Python too!). So, I was hoping to get the Perl community to lead us to
the promised land by redoing MakeMaker using the above requirements.
And I also hope that Python, Java and C++ will aggresively build on
this. For details on Perl's MakeMaker:
luckily, while doing a dejanews search, I came across a very interesting
discussion on "perl.porters-gw". See the post below by firstname.lastname@example.org:
<module name="My::Module" version="0.01">
<other>any other data</other>
Some ideas/projects immediately spring to mind:
a MakeMaker package definition DTD?
a converter from current MakeMaker format to the DTD XML format?
a MakeMaker modification to understand the new DTD?
an autodetect in MakeMaker to determine the makefile.PL format and
Are the Perl MakeMaker team ready to lead?
-- end of forwarded message --
Markus B Fleck - Student - University of Bonn - CS Dept IV - UNIX support
"May you live in interesting times." (ancient Chinese curse)