Are there any plans to make Idea projects/modules more tightly integrated with a build.xml file?
Specifically, I'd like to see the source path, docs path and classpath for each module be stored in an Ant file. I'm not asking for Idea to use Ant for builds; Idea's incremental build is critical for my workflow with large projects.
But we have existing handmade Ant build files and very large and complicated classpaths and source module definitions. It's very painful to recreate them in Idea, and what's worse, there are often no obvious build or runtime problems if I don't recreate them exactly.
Even better, I suppose, would be if Idea adopted the Maven Project Object Model or AntMod's POM, or some other open standarn for this kind of stuff.
Netbeans now has this feature, with some caveats. Currently, you can create a Netbeans project that uses an existing Ant build file for all of the project paths. The exception is that currently you also have to manually set up a duplicate class path specification in the project for use by the refactoring and code completion tools.
Eclipse has a variant of this feature in the 3.1 roadmap. It seems to be a bidirectional sync between project and build file, though it's not clear whether it would be automatic.