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From (O'brien, Tim)
Subject [VOTE] codec to commons
Date Fri, 04 Apr 2003 19:34:20 GMT
Formal vote, codec is ready for a release.  Please submit votes within the
next 72 hours, I will summarize the results at that time.

* Base64 is based upon the latest code from HttpClient and XML-RPC - the
interfaces are a product of negotiation between these two efforts.

* Codec contains a number of language utilities - Soundex, RefinedSoundex
and Metaphone are stable and ready for use.  I am currently consulting the
PMC for an opinion on DoubleMetaphone and Nysiis.

* The goal for this release is simply to provide a common Base64
implementation for HttpClient and xml-rpc.  There are other available

* There is a community of contributors who have shown a clear interest in
expanding codec - contributors can be found on this report:

* As required by the proposal, codec is simple, and well-tested package:

Here is a copy of the tightly scoped PROPOSAL:


Proposal for Codec Package

January 24, 2002

(0) Rationale

Many software projects have a need to use various formats of data, and to be
able to switch between various formats. The codec package seeks to
encapsulate some of the most popular encode/decode algorithms in one easy to
use, well tested package. A base64 codec is the first candidate, with others
to follow soon. 

(1) Scope of the Package

This proposal is to create a package of Java utility classes for the
encoding/decoding of various types of data. A base64 codec will be the first

(1.5) Interaction With Other Packages

Codec relies only on standard JDK 1.2 (or later) APIs for production
deployment. It utilizes the JUnit unit testing framework for developing and
executing unit tests, but this is of interest only to developers of the
component. Codec will be a dependency for several existing components in the
open source world. 

No external configuration files are utilized.

(2) Initial Source of the Package

The original Java classes (Base64, etc.) are splashed around various Apache
subprojects. We intend to seek them out and integrate them. 

The proposed package name for the new component is org.apache.commons.codec.

(3) Required Jakarta-Commons Resources

CVS Repository - New directory codec in the jakarta-commons CVS repository. 

Mailing List - Discussions will take place on the general mailing list. To help list subscribers
identify messages of interest, it is suggested that the message subject of
messages about this component be prefixed with [Codec]. 

Bugzilla - New component "Codec" under the "Commons" product category, with
appropriate version identifiers as needed. 

(4) Initial Committers

The initial committers on the Lang component shall be as follows: 

Scott Sanders (sanders) 
Henri Yandell (bayard) 
Daniel Rall (dlr) 
Tim O'Brien (tobrien) 


Tim O'Brien

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