What's up with downloading a customized build of Infusion?

Laurel A. Williams laurel.williams at utoronto.ca
Tue May 5 17:04:01 UTC 2009

Hi Jacob,

As you probably noticed, I posted the patch with the changes to the JSON 
files that we needed for this. I'm a bit sketchy in my availability 
today due to the sick baby, but please keep me posted on what you are up 
to and also email thoughts about next steps. Not sure how long this will 


Jacob Farber wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
> Laurel and I are working on the custom Infusion build experience, and 
> we’ve started to make some headway.
> Now that Michelle has built the infrastructure for customized builds, 
> we’ve started to this about how the experience should play out, and 
> how the backend/frontend should communicate to generate a build. Some 
> examples of this kind of functionality can be found at jQuery UI’s 
> download page <http://jqueryui.com/download> and Mootools’ download 
> page <http://mootools.net/core>. One tricky part we’re finding is how 
> to process the commands we need to generate a build with Ant.
> The current workflow is looking like this:
> 1. PHP parses the build.properties and the JSON dependencies files to 
> fetch and generate a list of modules and their dependencies
> 2. Form will POST to the server (running php) a list of selected modules
> 3. Form processor will then deduce the exclusion list from the 
> inclusion list
> 4. If some dependencies are found to be in the exclusion list, we POST 
> back a warning on the form about each missing dependency, asking the 
> user to confirm their desire not to include them
> 5. Upon confirmation, we (remember these settings ? and) communication 
> will be POSTed back to the server where (Ant? Phing? Something else?) 
> will process the data and return a (file? Path to a file?)
> (*Please note* we’re hoping to create an Infusion component to cover 
> some of this workflow, so the experience becomes even smoother).
> As you can see, there are gaps to fill here. Any ideas and feedback to 
> this process will be very much appreciated! Particularly, how PHP 
> could fire a shell script or execute a command line instruction.
> Jacob
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