We’ve been discussing and sharing thoughts for some time now with Matthew Foemmel on various problems all related to building Java code using Rake. And it’s been quite an interesting discussion. As we realized that our visions and interests had a lot in common, we decided that our respective projects, Raven and JRake, could be merged into one. Working together, we’ll probably be able to build a much better tool. Besides, it’s always more fun to collaborate, share code and ideas.

For pragmatic reasons, meaning that it’s always a pain in the ass to find a good name, development will happen within Raven. Not that Raven is such a good name (it’s actually far too close to Maven, people seem to think it’s a Maven clone even if it’s actually a totally different beast ) but at least it’s there. So we’ve already started doing some stuff for a future 2.0 branch. Pretty exciting stuff.

I’ll blog more about what we’ll be working on, the improvements and new features that are coming. I believe Matthew is going to do the same on his blog so you can already update your RSS reader. Building Java code is definitely going to become easier and easier…

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