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Compile directly libraries from the web
Instead of having a location which is a path to a project configuration file on your local hard drivem you have a path to a URL (either ftp or http). Then the compiler reads the configuration file and install all the needed files on the local machine in a user defined directory (for caching purpose). Once it is done the compilation proceeds as usual.
This will result into the following advantages:
- Easy to install libraries: no complicated setup, no environment variable required
- If library comes with some C code, C code gets automatically compiled.
- Track dependency automatically
- Update to new version of library when available.
It could also reuse EPI-LI-0005 for compressing/decompressing libraries so that it is more efficent.
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For the community, it would make it much easier to reuse and distribute Eiffel libraries. It would be like creating the equivalent of CPAN for Eiffel.