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From "Harris Boyce III" <harris.r.boyce....@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Abdera Development
Date Mon, 25 Sep 2006 16:44:14 GMT

Thanks for getting back to me.  I have taken a look at some of the
source so I am some-what familiar with it.  I guess there are two
things that I think I could use to help get started; first, is there a
recommended environment for working with the source?  I'm not a Java
developer so I am not really familiar with the available toolsets/IDEs
for developers with  a, um, restricted budget.

Lastly, not being a Java developer some of the libraries referenced by
Abdera are foreign to me, like Axiom/StAX, etc. so I'm finding it a
little difficult finding a good starting point for development.  My
plan is to, at least right now, start looking at the JUnit tests and
start working forward from there - but the question then becomes where
to start testing...Maybe these are all questions once I can spend some
more time looking at the source.

One thing I would like comments on (as if I haven't asked enough
questions already) is what your thoughts are on which runtime version
to target (.NET 1.1 vs 2.0).  I couldn't conclusively determine if the
Mono compilers support the new language features of C# 2.0.  I feel
.NET 2.0 would be a better target given the intrinsic support for XML
Encryption/Security and significant performance improvements to the
XML reading/parsing/etc. library and while I would like this
implementation to be Mono-compatible, this may just be a matter of

Anyway, I appreciate your thoughts and suggestions.


On 9/25/06, James M Snell <jasnell@gmail.com> wrote:
> Harris,
> Having a .NET implementation would be quite welcome.  The best way to
> get started would be to just start working on the code.  Garrett and
> Paul (our project mentors) know more about the procedures for accepting
> code donations in a project more than I so I'd recommend consulting with
> either of them.
> - James
> Harris Boyce III wrote:
> > Greetings,
> >
> > My name is Harris Boyce; I contacted Mr. Snell earlier this weekend
> > (22 Sept) about beginning a .NET implementation of Abdera.  As I
> > mentioned to him in my e-mail, while I do not have much experience
> > with Open Source development, I have been researching Atom and Abdera
> > for the past few months and this project really interests me and I
> > would like to contribute to this project.
> >
> > While I have looked over a few of the files, I haven't really had the
> > time to get a complete understanding of the architecture.  So, I
> > suppose that's a good place to start.  I hope that we can start
> > discussing the design of the framework and how to achieve the
> > appropriate analogs in a .NET implementation.
> >
> > I explained to Mr. Snell that I have about 2 nights a week that I am
> > able to commit to this project.  I hope that is alright as I have
> > personal/family commitments the rest of the week.  I look forward to
> > working with everyone and that we can work together to further Atom
> > and Abdera on the Web.
> >
> > Harris Boyce
> >

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