On Sat, Mar 15, 2003 at 12:56:35PM +0900, Jim Weirich wrote:
> Why /might/ rake be intersting to Ruby programmers.  I don't know,
> perhaps ...
> 
>    o No weird make syntax (only weird Ruby syntax :-)
>    o No need to edit or read XML (a la ant)
>    o Platform independent build scripts.
>    o Will run anywhere Ruby exists, so no need to have "make" installed.
>      If you stay away from the "sys" command and use things like
>      'ftools', you can have a perfectly platform independent
>       build script.  Also rake is only 100 lines of code, so it can
>       easily be packaged along with the rest of your code.

o Portability of makefiles themselves.
  (I keep getting bitten with the differences between BSD make and GNU make.
  Even simple conditionals like .ifdef are different)

o Would be the perfect partner to mkmf if it were rewritten to generate
  rakefiles!

Regards,

Brian.