- Required a list of every single file to combine (meaning if you added a file you had to remember to update your list)
- Was not able to place certain dependancy files before the files that used them
- Was generally buggy and unreliable
So, to remedy this the LANDBOSS team and I decided to make our own. And so the “InterWorks JS Build” program was wrought in the dimmly lit cubicle-forge of Runak’Dur. It’s a terribly named, but rather useful program. It’s a command-line (read: automatable) .NET executable that uses a simple XML project file to include/exclude specific files or entire directories in the order you specify. It also uses the YUI Compressor for .NET to minify the results. All the guts are in a separate dll in case you want to put a spiffy GUI on top of it or something. We’ve integrated this application into 2 of our projects already with smashing success, and encourage you to try it on your own projects. You can find a download link below, and the readme file documents how to make the XML file and run the program. Enjoy!