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From Daniel Kulp <>
Subject Apache CXF - one year later.....
Date Thu, 02 Aug 2007 15:13:05 GMT

Today marks the one year anniversary of CXF coming to Apache.    One year 
ago today, Jason van Zyl sent the first "Welcome" mail to this list.

It's probably a good time to think back over the last year and see what 
we've accomplished.

First off: releases - we managed to produce 2 milestone releases along 
with a full blown release.   The process to release the first patch has 
started.   That's not too bad.   Moreover, the groundwork is now laid 
which should allow us to produce releases more quickly and easily which 
should allow us to be more agile and respond to users needs.

The 2.0 release is the first (and at this point, only) Apache Licensed, 
Standalone Certified, JAX-WS implementation.  That's a huge 
accomplishment.  That was the major bullet item on the incubator 
proposal, and we accomplished it.

We also are integrated into Geronimo as an option for the JAX-WS 
implementation there.   When they ship 2.0, the user will be able to 
chose CXF for JAX-WS.   Geronimo certified FIRST with CXF.   That speaks 
highly of the CXF community and it's ability to work well with the 
Apache Geronimo community.   Other J2EE vendors are also looking at CXF 
to provide the JAX-WS implementation.  

User base:  with the full 2.0 release in the beginning of July, we've 
definitely seen a spike in users looking at CXF and, more importantly, 
using it and migrating applications to it.   If you look at the archives 
of our user list 
The July post count was nearly tripple the max of any previous month.  
(email overload.  :-)    In less than one month, we've had almost 6000 
downloads of the 2.0 release, and that doesn't count the people that 
would use maven and grab it that way.   This is an exciting time as 
people start using CXF in ways the developers never imagined, stretching 
limits, etc...    

Community:  The CXF community is quite active.   The dev list constantly 
has discussions going on, people participating, etc...   If you look at 
our stats on Ohloh (, over the last 
year, 22 developers have contributed code.   Ohloh considers that a 
large community.    (Note to devs:  Ohloh warns "Few source code 
comments".   We need to work on that.  :-)   Doing some stats on logs, 
over the last 6 months, every month has had at least 10 unique commiters 
contributing code.   The funniest Ohloh stat:  190,825 LOC, Effort: 49 
person years, Value: $2,687,418.   22 people did 49 Person years of work 
in one year.   Nice job.   Anyone feeling underpaid?   :-)

We've added 4 new commiters, and with the increase in activity due to the 
release, several others are "getting close".  The extra eyes and hands 
have helped make CXF a much better product and meet more needs than we 
could have done without them.

Also, who can forget: we changed our name.   The impossible to type 
CeltiXfire was replace with the simple CXF name.   

Anyway, the past year has been extremely exciting to me.   We've 
accomplished a LOT in a very little amount of time.   We've had our ups 
and downs.   Any new community at Apache has it's "learning 
experiences," but we got through them as a community and I'm definitely 
looking forward to seeing what the next year will bring.

J. Daniel Kulp
Principal Engineer
P: 781-902-8727    C: 508-380-7194

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