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From Dave Colasurdo <>
Subject Re: User Feedback Request -- Usability Focus
Date Thu, 06 Apr 2006 14:56:55 GMT
Thanks David B. for starting this valuable thread.

I'd like to hijack a sub-thread to get the user community's thoughts on 
how the usability of Geronimo can be improved.

What are the areas that you believe need improvement?

Some of the areas that have already been mentioned include:


Are there any specific requests in these areas that haven't yet been 
flushed out?

How important are the following?
- Classloading - simple way to have application jars easily override the 
system classpath
- Allow simple XML updates for all configuration data (non-serialized)
- Have exploded application directories with human-readable names
- Ability to update piecemeal portions of a deployed application
- Better error messages
- Security simplification
- GUI Installer
- Ability to create a custom server containing just the components that 
you require

Please provide specifics...

What other areas require ease-of-use enhancements?


David Blevins wrote:
> So this is the first of what I think should be a quarterly event.  
> Geronimo is ultimately your project and we committers are but your 
> humble servants.  To serve you best, we need some critical high level 
> feedback to help us steer the project and focus on what matters most to 
> you!
> Please, every user out there, give us your top 5 things we can do to 
> make Geronimo better for you.  Here is my list:
> 1)  More interaction with you guys, the users!
> 2)  More frequent releases incorporating more user feedback (small 
> releases more often vs. big releases only 4 times a year)
> 3)  Less deployment requirements (simpler plans, more defaults, etc.)
> 4)  More application validation at deployment
> 5)  More powerful text configuration
> That's just to get the ball rolling.  More detail is always good if you 
> have the time.  In general anything you think we need to correct as a 
> community, technical or non-technical.  Let us know.
> If you've ever uttered the words, "Geronimo would be such a great 
> project if it only...." then now is your time to shine.
> We want to hear from everyone!  This is not just for the "hard-core" 
> Geronimo users or J2EE experts.  If you are new to J2EE and downloaded 
> Geronimo and had to give up after an hour of no progress, let us know 
> what we might do!
> It's all about you.
> Best Regards,
> David Blevins

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