I'm fairly new to Web development, but experienced enough to know how important HotSwap is to UI developers. The problem I've seen in both my former and current projects is that back-end people who don't use IDEA much create the build using an elaborate Ant build script, and front-end people never figure out how to teach their IDE how to produce an equivalent build, and this makes HotSwap impossible (I think). I hope this makes sense.
So my questions are these:
- Is this true: "Nobody wants to maintain two separate builds (Ant versus IDEA) so Ant builds usually win and that's life."
- Can I teach IDEA how to build our war by examining it and creating an Artifact that mirrors it exactly? Is this going to be hard to do?
- Am I missing something?
Thank you so much in advance.
P.S. By the way, to whom it may concern, I recently switched from Eclipse to IDEA and am truly amazed at what an incredible program it really is.