Affects Version/s: 1.4.1
Fix Version/s: 2.0
Ivy needs some refactoring to ease the understanding of its code base for new developers. The migration to ASF is good moment to make this refactoring.
Note that I open this issue really too late because most of the work is already done, but I want to keep track of what has been done in something easier to include in the release notes than the mailing lists.
So I will copy some info from the mailing list to this issue:
On 1/29/07, Xavier Hanin <email@example.com> wrote:
+ split the Ivy class by features in:
++ IvySettings, which will be the result of the configure step (I do
not use configuration to avoid confusion with module configurations)
++ ResolveEngine, which will be responsible for dependency resolution
++ RetrieveEngine, responsible for the retrieve step
++ and so on for each features/tasks
The Ivy class will preserve an API similar to the existing one, but
will only be a Facade to other classes. Moreover, methods taking too
many parameters (like resolve) will be refactored to take a fewer
number of parameters, using a class (like ResolveOptions for instance)
to group those which are not first class parameters
I will also work on the dependency resolution algorithm, and
especially on IvyNode. I will split it into at least two classes, one
representing the node in the dependency graph, and one with data
related to the traversal of this graph during the resolution process.
Another thing I'd like to address is to reduce the number of classes
in the same package, and the number of packages of the same level
(namely org.apache.ivy.* packages), to move to something more
structured and hopefully less confusing.
This refactoring will introduce many API incompatibilities, but it
should hopefully help people to understand the code.
This is only the big picture, I'll keep you informed of my progress,
and try to process by steps to allow frequent feedback and