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From Henri Yandell <>
Subject Re: Getting started with Commons contributions?
Date Thu, 05 Feb 2009 06:51:21 GMT
I assume you mean Lang for the 3.0 release.

There's no strong theme yet - between each release Commons components
tend to have a slumber period where bugs are fixed and things build
up. Lang is in that period post the 2.4. Matt's been working on bits,
I've done a bit, but the moment where the full list in 3.0 is looked
at and a bunch either closed or moved over to 3.x hasn't happened yet.

Main ones are:

* JDK 1.5+. What things in JDK 1.5 are worth having common utilities around.

* 3.0, so removing deprecated code is possible. If we want to
deprecate anything else then a 2.5 is feasible in which we quickly
deprecate those things. Items in the .time package are a common one
there, some of the stuff is a pain to maintain compared to telling
people to use JODA Time.

* LangTwo 1.0. This is for the big backwards incompatible bits. I
deleted the first attempt after 2.4 was released because it was easy
enough to repeat.

IRC channel would be lovely. I've nudged for such in the past but not
had a lot of interest. And of course now I'm behind a firewall where I
can't access IRC in the day when someone brings it up! :)


On Thu, Jan 29, 2009 at 10:13 AM, John Feminella
<> wrote:
> hello all,
> I'm interested in getting my feet wet with Commons (specifically, *.lang
> and *.math). I use various snippets of it heavily in my development day
> job and I figured this would be a good way to give a little something
> back. I was planning on just poking through the JIRA and writing patches
> for some easy targets, but I have a few questions:
> 1.) I lurked for a little bit on the mailing list, and one thing I'm
> particularly interested in is the discussion about migrating Commons to
> JDK 1.5. Is this an official sub-project yet? If so, is there a way to
> sign up for that?
> 2.) Can someone point me to a document that highlights the targets for
> the 3.0 release (if that exists), or maybe briefly explain what's going
> into v3? It's difficult for me to understand the thematic thrust of 3.0
> just by doing JIRA queries and seeing the open issues.
> 3.) Finally, does Commons (or its associated subprojects) have an IRC
> channel where I could mosey over to and talk with other active
> contributors?
> Thanks for your help!
> ~ jf
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