Add Java3D source jar file as a separate or part of the distribution
Hi Java3D team,
Please consider add the Java3D source jar file as one of the ant build target. There are so many times that tracing into Java3D source would be the most convinient and efficient way to develop Java3D applications. I used to use NetBeans occasionally to debug Java3D code and now I am using Eclipse for development all the time. Most IDEs has the ability to include the source Jar file and can be traced into the original source code with ease. In my opinion, with the integrated and instant JavaDoc ability along already justify the effort.
Having Java3D source jar file easily accessible can help in Java3D development. Easier to idenfity bugs, resolve ambiguities and, altimately contribute the solution to fix the problem. Not having to setup the whole Java3D development environment is the key to facilitate the development process.
IMHO, not so many people developing Java applications have the "C++" compiler installed in their machines and forcing developers to download the whole Java3D development trunk in order to trace into the source is something I would even hesitate to do. It is especially difficult if multiple Java3D versions are targeted.
Please consider this suggestion and build the Java3D source jar file either as a separate download or part of the daily build which of course has to be in-sync with the binary build.