Wouldn't it be fantastic if Idea could set up projects not only based on existing sources, but would consider also build artifacts (jars, wars, ear, sars).
Quite often you have existing, working builds (from eclipse, ant, maven whatever).
Just tell Idea:
- here's my project root (sources, web resources, ...)
- here are root folder where 3rd party jars can be found
- here are build artifacts, for example an ear file
Now go ahead and create a project that compiles out-of-the-box to exactly the build artifacts I specified.
Shouldn't be impossible, right?
I am currently (once more) getting frustrated in setting up a web project and clicking my way through the project settings ad infinitum without ever getting it right.
What do you think?