Subject: Re: [Boost-build] The future of B2?
From: Rene Rivera (grafikrobot_at_[hidden])
Date: 2016-10-13 11:08:30
On Thursday, October 6, 2016, Dominique Devienne <ddevienne_at_[hidden]>
> On Wed, Oct 5, 2016 at 10:19 AM, Dominique Devienne <ddevienne_at_[hidden]
>> [...] A build system IMHO should have two stages:
>> 1) A high level first stage, driven from a high level, declarative, human
>> friendly syntax,
>> and input files, the whole lot processed by a smart engine to derive all
>> the minutia of the build itself.
>> 2) A lower level second stage, driven solely by a representation of the
>> "minutia" in some format,
>> which deals with all the forking, parallelizing, progress reporting,
> Another way to look at the above is with an analogy to compiling C++,
> which clear separation between the front-end and the back-end.
> The first stage (B.B) would be the "compiler".
> The second stage (e.g. ninja) would be the "assembler" and "executor".
We already have that, although not as clearly modular as I think you are
suggesting. And a rewrite would likely make it as modular as you are
expecting :-) More on this soon in another thread, I promise.
> The "assembly" (or .o/.obj if you prefer) would be the model persisted in
> And like a compiler, you could generate it w/ or w/o debugging information.
> Even SQLite works that way, compiling SQL into VDBE "programs",
> which are then "interpreted", sometimes with parallelism even (for
> sorting, relatively recent addition),
> something that's again quite similar to what Ninja does IMHO.
> Somehow build tools typically don't take formal routes, w/o any
> grammars/EBNF, ASTs,
> intermediate representations, clear phases and separation of concerns,
> even though they typically
> come from C/C++ developers (especially the Boost ones) very much aware of
> all this. --DD
>> Now for the build "minutia" format, I'd strongly advocate for SQLite.
>> Because it's small, fast, smart, fantastic IMHO.
> It would force to model properly the build state in relational form, and
>> allow any tool to extract information about
>> the build with just a few queries. No JSON parsing; incrementally
>> updatable; compact since binary.
> PS: Interesting (and timely) to read that VS "15" is using SQLite as a
> cache for its project information.
> This is actually not far from what I'm advocating here. FWIW.
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