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From Daniel Kulp <>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Accept the wsdl2js stuff donated by Basis Technology
Date Tue, 31 Jul 2007 15:41:59 GMT
On Tuesday 31 July 2007 11:07, Glen Mazza wrote:
> I have one concern about this--not the software itself, but the way it
> is being donated[1]--software grant instead of the JIRA "donate to
> ASF" button.  I would like to make sure that the software grant method
> does not limit our refactoring opportunities with the code compared to
> the "donate to ASF" button option.

The "donate to ASF" button is mostly designed for "trivial" fixes and 
enhancements to existing functionality developed specifically as 
enhancements to that functionality.   

The grants are for "importing" new functionality that was developed 
outside the project, possibly under a different license, etc...    The 
grant process is mostly a "legal" thing to make sure the license is OK, 
there aren't any license restrictions, etc...   It's designed to protect 
the contributor as well as the ASF from legal questions about where the 
code came from and such.   

Once the grant completes, the code is part of the project and is 
completely under the Apache License and we can do whatever needs to be 
done to integrate it in better.   It's just a bunch of legal mumbo jumbo 
to make sure everyone is protected properly.


> I suspect there is a lot of commonality within the various wsdl2xxx
> programs, that, over time, you're going to want to refactor, reuse,
> simplify, merge, etc., them, sharing a lot of code in the process.  If
> one of the wsdl2xxx's originally belongs to XYZ Corporation, will
> future refactoring of that code with the other wsdl2xxx's become
> legally problematic and messy?  Or can we still do that regardless of
> whether the code is donated via software grant or via "pure" ASF
> donation?
> Thanks,
> Glen
> [1]
> Am Dienstag, den 31.07.2007, 09:36 -0400 schrieb Daniel Kulp:
> > We apparently need a vote on wether we would like to accept the
> > wsdl2js stuff.    For those that missed the discussions earlier, the
> > threads are:
> >
> >
> >
> >l
> >
> > Basically, they would like to contribute some code that will produce
> > a pure javascript client that is suitable for running in a browser. 
> >  It's definitely cool stuff and it would be neet to see a ?js type
> > url to automaticall provide it and stuff.
> >
> > The code itself can be found at:
> >
> >
> >
> > Here's my +1.   This definitely has "coolness" written all over it. 
> > :-)

J. Daniel Kulp
Principal Engineer
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