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From Torsten Curdt <tcu...@apache.org>
Subject Re: GSoC application
Date Mon, 31 Mar 2008 15:39:05 GMT
Hao,

Always good to see students show up on the dev list first before they  
submit the application.
Already thumbs up for the spirit.
Good luck!

cheers
--
Torsten

> 2. Plan for Commons Configuration
>
> I have used some components of Apache Commons: DBCP, Email, Logging,
> and Pool. However, I have to admit I haven't used Commons
> Configuration. I take a glance at it, and feel it is easy to use, like
> most Commons components. I believe it is in my competencies. Here is
> my detailed plan.
>
> 2.1. Preparation Phase
>
> Learn completely how to use Commons Configuration, by which I can gain
> a deeper understanding of it. Then I will begin to read the existing
> code, to learn how to implement it.
>
> By now, I am not sure how it is implemented. I guess some
> lexical/syntax analyzer are used. I have taken a course on Compiler
> Implementation when I was an undergraduate. The course required to
> implement a compiler of a subset of Java language. I used JLex [4] for
> lexical analysis and Cup [5] for syntax analysis.
>
> As for the new formats, I have used JSON files when developing some
> web application. I will learn the format of YAML and OGDL in this
> phase.
>
> 2.2. Coding Phase
>
> Existing support for XML format will be a good reference. I am
> familiar with JSON, so I will talk about JSON particularly. JSON could
> be considered as "simplified XML", so I think existing XML
> implementation or tests could largely benefit JSON implementation. For
> the other two formats, maybe similar formats also exists. The detailed
> plan is:
>
> a). read one similar old format for reference
> b). implement the new format
> c). convert the tests for old format to tests for new format, and test
> my implementation
>
> 3. Schedule
>
> now - May 26: Preparation Phase. Learn more on Commons Configuration.
> Consult mentors on what to started first. Take part in the discussion
> on the dev maillist.
>
> May 27 - August 11: Coding Phase. In this 11 weeks, plan to implement
> 3 new formats: JSON, YAML, and OGDL, which means about 3-4 weeks per
> format. Write documentation and unit tests.
>
> August 12 - August 18: Revise some minor errors. Complete some  
> documentation.
>
> [References]
>
> [1]. My new feature suggestion on Feb 20,
> http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/commons-dev/200802.mbox/%3cabec10af0802192110v5dc711a6vbe1985f5cfb76190@mail.gmail.com%3e
> [2]. Google announced GSoC 2008 on Feb 26,
> https://groups.google.com/group/google-summer-of-code-announce/browse_thread/thread/cc8d2165772e7de8
> [3]. My JIRA, http://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/EMAIL-72
> [4]. JLex, http://www.cs.princeton.edu/~appel/modern/java/JLex/
> [5]. CUP, http://www2.cs.tum.edu/projects/cup/
>
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