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From Steven Noels <>
Subject Apache Trove
Date Sun, 08 Dec 2002 22:29:47 GMT
Hi all,

due to the recent and upcoming reorgs in terms of the 
'federation'/project/subproject structure and the assumed increased 
difficulty for people finding their way around ASF projects, I have been 
playing around with a draft 'trove' application, which isn't much more 
than some XML & XSLT glued together, running on top of Cocoon. (warning: data entry hasn't 
been completed yet)

This 'app' runs on top of a very free-formed XML document currently:

   <federation name="XML">
     <keyword name="XML"/>
     <site uri=""/>
     <project name="FOP">
       <keyword name="XSL-FO"/>
       <keyword name="Java"/>
       <site uri=""/>
   <project name="BCEL">
     <site uri=""/>
     <federation name="Jakarta"/>
     <keyword name="Java"/>


and should be maintained by the respective project communities. I 
already went searching what Gump could offer me in terms of available 
data, but Gump is for obvious reasons limited to Jakarta and XML (Java) 
projects. Adding the Gump people to add a 'keyword' element to their 
descriptors wouldn't cause too much harm, but the problem is that I also 
store the project hierarchy in my data file, and this is slightly 
orthogonal to Gump's structure. So adding extra data to Gump's 
descriptors would help, but not enough and not for everybody (including 

Another approach might be to store a small trove file per project in the 
committers cvs module, where assumably everybody has access too, and me 
aggregating those.

The (XML) structure being required would be something like:

<project name="">
   <site uri=""/>
   <keyword name=""/>
   (<federation name=""/>)

Projects can contain projects, and can be grouped into 'federations', 
aka httpd, xml, jakarta and others. I tried to set up the stylesheets to 
do something meaningful without many strict requirements on the 
hierarchy of the datafile.

Anyway, this is just a heads-up. I don't know where I could move it too 
since it falls a bit in-between projects. The presentation is by no 
means finished, but should be easy to tweak. I can nurture this thing on 
my own on my own server, but if other people would be interested in 
playing along, just gimme a yell.


Steven Noels                  
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