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Forrest dream list

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Overview

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+ This is documentation for development version v0.9-dev + (More)
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Introduction

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+ This is the initial attempt to give focus to the Forrest project. This + summary is a loose collection of items from the forrest-dev mailing + list. Please add and re-arrange so that it can evolve into a focus + document. The Forrest Primer provides an + overview. +

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+ These are the email threads and documents that are currently being + summarised. Please see those documents for further detail. +

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Draft dream list

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  • + Forrest provides a robust technological infrastructure for open software development for the Apache Software Foundation based on ASF software, ASF practices and experience, and modern software design principles. +
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  • + a publishing system for documentation +
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  • + analysis of logs and publishing of results +
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  • +Ok, first of all: "it hurts my spirit" (I should TM this) to see the +apache web sites with such a *poor* information infrastructure. Just +look at sourceforge: it's not the best site of the world, but gives you +lots of tools and information that we currently don't have (or have +hidden someplace). +
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  • +I want Forrest to be the development infrastructure of your dreams, +something that you'll be proud of showing your boss and say "if only we +had this in place, we would save big bucks" so... +
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  • + Dream #1: Forrest should make Sourceforge look obsolete. +
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  • +So, in order for this to happen, it must be dynamic. +Assumption #1: Forrest is a dynamic site. +The staticity of apache web sites was mostly due to the quest for heavy +mirroring, Forrest should allow mirroring, so +
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  • + Dream #2: Forrest should reduce xml.apache.org bandwidth use dramatically +
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  • + Dream #3: Forrest should automate mirroring in a simple and easy way. + +My idea is to use the 'command line' features of Cocoon to generate +static snapshots of sites and produce mirrors directly using a sort of +rsync or other mean. Anyway, the goal is to make sure mirroring is as +easy as possible. No, easier than that. +
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  • + coherence: all the site should look coherent, same graphics, same +look-and-feel, same information in the same locations, coherent and nice URI +space (build to last! so that broken links are reduced!) +
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  • + structure: the site should look professional, the structure should be +flexible enough to fit every need but solid enough to guide users +browsing and developers adding resources +
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  • + scalability +
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  • + functionality: everything you ever wanted to have in your project web site +
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  • + logs and community rating: I want to have numbers to judge the value +of a community/effort +
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  • +Downloads, number of committers, numbers of people subscribed on the users/dev +list, numbers of mail messages / week on these lists, CVS activity... +These are the kind of parameters I use to "judge" an Apache project that I +have not been looking into before. +
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  • + Graphs of various statistics. +
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  • +Having good site metrics will be a valuable aid to those involved in +maintenance and future re-design phases. +See some discussion in +http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=forrest-dev&m=102238816218885 +
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  • + Built-in search engine: users much have a simple way to find things. + Lucene. +
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  • + User-writable pages: people should have a way to add things to the pages. + See the thread for more detail on this. +FIXME: get MARC ref +
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  • + short bios for the project committers, with pictures: gives a better +sense of community. Having a weblog there would be great. +
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  • + news, announcements, events and project calendaring: the news and +the announcements will generate a RSS feed, events will be aggregated +into a project-wide calendar, or an effort-specific calendar, the events +will also be overwritten on the logs, to indicate how logs were +influenced by the events (say, a release or a new committer added) +
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  • + book-like PDF versions of documentation: easy to print out docs. +
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  • + integration with GUMP: dependencies, runs, committer that broke the run +
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  • + javadocs seemlessly integrated with the documentation and with the +search engine. + http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=forrest-dev&m=101620970016263 +
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  • + mail archive seemlessly integrated with the search engine (one should +look for something and get results from either docs, javadocs or emails +messages) +
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  • + coherent-looking CVS view +
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  • + document translation using Google translation services +
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  • + Integrated project management, task management, bug tracking, feature requests, process management. +The idea is to integrate Scarab for bug tracking/patches and +managing/feature requests. +(As far as team management, this is a serious political issue and I do not +want to tackle that one yet, not even on the dreamlist.) +
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  • + overview doco for all projects ... CVS Usage precis, overview of opensource + and links to relevant doco +
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