Saturday, August 7, 2010

One-JAR 0.97

One-JAR works exactly as advertised. Unfortunately, it's a bit of a pain to work with. The fundamental problem is that assumes a particular world view/structure. For instance, the jar that is produced from the target project source is named 'main.jar' in the output, and stored in main/main.jar. That's not ideal for DiffKit distribution purposes, since I really need the DiffKit jar to carry version information in its name. Documentation for One-JAR is sparse. I can't find any reference in the documentation regarding how I can change the name of the main.jar.

Verdict; One-JAR is a nifty product that just works. But it's not very malleable, which can be a problem if your desired output does not have exactly the structure envisioned by the One-JAR author.

I'm going to look for a simpler alternative that is easier to bend to my purposes.

Here's one place to start