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Chris Hollander <[log in to unmask]>
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MASON Multiagent Simulation Toolkit <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 10 Sep 2012 01:43:02 -0400
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I'll send out my mason POM file when I get back to work next week.

On Sat, Sep 8, 2012 at 7:18 PM, John Nelson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Hrm. I just learned Maven today, so I'm sure I'm missing something, but why
> did you need to use a build variable to include the files in the JARs. The
> way I did it (see the s3 file in the initial email) I placed file resources
> in /src/java/resources. I thought that directory was automatically packaged
> in the JAR, although I had to do some search and replaces to change the path
> in the Java sources to "/something.ext" from "something.ext". Could you
> explain this more?
>
> Also, I'd like to see your POM to compare it to my own. Like I said, I just
> started with MAVEN, so it's new territory for me.
>
> Thanks.
>
> On Sat, Sep 8, 2012 at 4:52 PM, Chris Hollander <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>>
>> We've been using Maven to compile MASON for a while now. It's really
>> nice because of how all the dependencies are handled. We had to do a
>> work around for the way resources (images) are included by making a
>> new resource folder and dumping them all there, then using a build
>> variable to include that file for the JARs. If anyone's really
>> interested, I can send you our POM file for it.
>>
>>
>> Chris Hollander
>> University of Central Florida
>>
>>
>>
>> On Sat, Sep 8, 2012 at 10:38 PM, John Nelson <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>> > As per the manual, I know "MASON does not use Ant: Iím an old Unix
>> > hacker."
>> > My guess is, the main reason is also related to priorities, given the
>> > response Sean gave me regarding git. I also noticed that someone once
>> > asked
>> > the same question without a reply and even ported and pushed MASON 14 to
>> > a
>> > maven repository.
>> >
>> > Has anything changed -- that is, would there now be an interest in using
>> > Maven? Personally, I really like being able to quickly start a project
>> > by
>> > including a repository and it's dependencies automatically. To be
>> > honest,
>> > there have been times that I used NetLogo over MASON simply because I
>> > don't
>> > feel like going through the initiation motions. (I even made a skeleton
>> > generator to that end.)
>> >
>> > Ignoring the automatic management benefits, I also think some of Maven's
>> > features from a library development standpoint are really useful (e.g.
>> > mvn
>> > compile; mvn test; mvn install; mvn publish; etc)
>> >
>> > If you are interested (mostly Sean), I took the liberty of sketching the
>> > port: https://s3.amazonaws.com/mason-tmp/MASONOnMaven.zip. You can play
>> > with
>> > it by downloading, unzipping, cding and running:
>> >
>> >> mvn compile
>> >>
>> >> mvn exec:java -Dexec.mainClass=sim.display.Console
>> >
>> >
>> > Maven's resource inclusion convention differs from the one used by
>> > MASON, so
>> > I had to modify a lot of functions that called X.class.getResource(). In
>> > the
>> > apps package, I only did it for the Ants model, since it would take an
>> > hour
>> > and I don't know how this will be received.
>> >
>> > Also, do a:
>> >
>> >> mvn site
>> >>
>> >> mvn javadoc:javadoc
>> >
>> >
>> > and take a look at /target/site/index.html
>> >
>> > Let me know what you think. I can finish off the current port if your
>> > interested.
>> >
>> > // Johnny
>
>

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