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From Steven Noels <>
Subject Goal of the Cocoon TLP
Date Thu, 05 Feb 2004 10:24:38 GMT

when establishing the Cocoon TLP with the ASF board, we received the 
comment that the then-submitted mission statement of the Cocoon TLP was 
self-referencing or recursive, i.e. the Cocoon TLP had as a goal the 
prosperity of the Cocoon project, with "Cocoon" not being properly 
defined as a tangible goal on its own. So if the Cocoon community would 
decide now to start developing a J2EE container (godforbid), we would 
be allowed to by our mission statement.

I'd like to submit a better mission statement for the upcoming board 
meeting, keeping in mind future subprojects like Lenya and Forrest (or 
blocks being spun off as subprojects such as the portal). Looking at 
what differentiates us from other technologies and frameworks, I feel 
we should include notions as:

- Java-based (or do we want our mission statement to be 
- XML/SAX-based pipelines
- the sitemap as a centralized request handling configuration mechanism 
through decoupling of URI space with request response construction
- different runtime environments (Servlet/CLI/Portlet)
- technical frameworks such as continuation-based flow control, form 
handling, templating transformers
- functional frameworks such as the portal, linotype
- applications based on top of all this such as Lenya & Forrest

I'll try to wordsmith this into a short mission statement, but I'd like 
to hear whether this categorization makes sense to you.


Steven Noels                  
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