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From Hernan Cunico <>
Subject Re: Roadmap, tasks and things to do?
Date Fri, 27 Jan 2006 16:37:45 GMT
Hi All,
it wouldn't be me if I don't mention DOCUMENTATION. :)

Following your request of not talking about any supporting technology I will still focus on
the need 
for finishing the product documentation, let's call it "Users Guide". New contributors joining
team could certainly invest some time in sharing with the community (documenting :) ) their

knowledge and code contributions.

Some time ago there was a discussion about having committers for not just code development.
I think 
that independently of how we will end up supporting the project's documentation we will have
provide a process for updating and maintaining the documentation, something similar to what
is in 
place today for code updates (contributors/committers).

There is a voting on the way that finishes today for what technology to use for supporting
documentation. I believe this is a good time to start thinking about how to implement the
documentation process and how to keep that documentation alive.

New code releases will be out soon, the sooner we have this process sorted out the better
chances to 
have a matching documentation for each release.

I am also planning to create (pls. need contributors) a "Developers Guide" with all the "goodies"

you need to know about how to customize Geronimo so you (ISV, developer....) can build your
solution based on Geronimo. Comments on this idea are welcome as usual :).


Dain Sundstrom wrote:
> Ever since we shipped 1.0, I have been getting a surprising number of  
> private emails from old fiends, old Geronimo contributers, companies,  
> and just random people telling me that the are excited about Geronimo  
> and want to join in.  They all inevitably ask me for advise on what  to 
> work on, and I really have no idea other than "look at JIRA". So  I'd 
> like to solicit the community to help me create a roadmap, tasks,  
> things to do list, what ever we call it.
> Before we get into building this, I'd like to focus the discussion,  so 
> we don't end up in mailing-list fantasy land :)  Lets agree to not  talk 
> about the technology used to track the tasks; once we have the  content 
> we can discuss using JIRA, wiki, html or creating a Gopher  site.  
> Secondly, lets focus on things that are reasonable to do in  the next 9 
> months.  Finally, don't worry about someone else working  on something 
> you want to work on.  With open communication on the  mailing list, I 
> think everyone will be able to work something they  find interesting 
> without stepping on toes.  Oh, one final thing,  please don't try to 
> "take a task" until we have this list complete.
> Without further delay, here are some things off the top of my head:
> o Conversion to Maven 2 - Very important and a huge task
> o Ant versions of the Geronimo plugins
> o  XDoclet for all configurations
> o Integration tests that cover servlets, webservices and jms
> o Little-G - Geronimo with a small foot print
> o Global non-persistent JNDI implementation
> o EJB 2.x - Once I get my refractor committed, it will be obvious  where 
> the 2.x implementation needs work like better caching
> o JEE 5 - There is a ton of stuff under this, but it would be good to  
> start with a list of what is required for JEE 5
> I don't want to speak for the other ares of Geronimo I don't work on  
> regularly, but I am sure that there are good opportunities to help in  
> the console, jms, javamail, ejb, clustering, esb/jbi/bpm, tooling,  
> performance, build, testing, samples, documentation, so if you are  more 
> familiar with one of those areas, please post.
> I think this is a "once in a project chance" to build a big vibrant  
> community of developers, and let's not let it pass us by.
> Thanks in advance,
> -dain

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