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OpenBEAT Developer guide

Building from subversion

OpenBEAT uses multimodule projects as proposed by the Apache Maven project. We use Maven to build our project and create distributable binaries. To be able to build the code from subversion it should suffice to follow the direction on this page. However, we recommend that you get aquinted with Maven by reading up on the project on its website as well as the online book Maven: The Definitive Guide.

Getting OpenBEAT

When you are building OpenBEAT you should check out the current development branch on trunk. As of May 19 2009 there additional folders in trunk, not directly related to the source code of the project. Hence, we recommend you only checkout the openbeat folder in trunk with the following command:

svn co

This will give you a directory structure like this:

  • openbeat/
  • openbeat/pom.xml
  • openbeat/openbeat-behavior
  • openbeat/openbeat-bml
  • openbeat/openbeat-bmlrealizer
  • openbeat/openbeat-core
  • openbeat/openbeat-discourse
  • openbeat/openbeat-dist
  • openbeat/…

We will focus on working in the top level directory which enforces default settings for all submodules, e.g. plugin settings and versioning of 3rd party dependencies. There is however a one special submodule, openbeat-dist which is the distribution module. From that location we have to invoke a special assembly command

mvn assembly:assembly

which creates a zip bundle with all dependencies and runnable scripts to launch OpenBEAT.

Building from command line

The current development release of OpenBEAT expects at least JDK 1.6 to be present on the development machine. Building OpenBEAT is as easy as executing

mvn clean install

which will compile, test, package and install the OpenBEAT modules into your local Maven repository, including source packages. Following commands are very useful:

Command Description
mvn clean to remove all build artifacts
mvn compile to compile sources
mvn test to run all tests
mvn install to install artifacts into local repository

Developing with IntelliJ

The team used IntelliJ IDEA while developing OpenBEAT. IntelliJ integrates nicely with Maven and can generate IntelliJ projects based on the maven projects. Let's assume we have checked out the source as described above and have IntelliJ running. Let's create an IntelliJ project to build and develop further on OpenBEAT.

Create IntellIJ project from OpenBEAT sources

Select File → New Project


Select Import project from external model


Select Maven


Select root directory


Press next until finish


You're now able to hack on the OpenBEAT code yourself.

Note: If all you wanted was to add new sources (NLP, generators, filters, speech/timing) you're not required to have a running development instance of OpenBEAT itself. Since the entire system is packaged and shipped with Maven, you're able to create a Maven project, entirely outside of OpenBEAT and set OpenBEAT as a dependency for your own project. Then you can create a jar from your project and add it to the executable described in the user guide.

/var/www/ailab/WWW/wiki/data/pages/openbeat/developerguide.txt · Last modified: 2009/05/20 03:41 by eirikur