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From "Geir Magnusson Jr." <ge...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Java
Date Mon, 16 May 2005 10:51:29 GMT

On May 15, 2005, at 9:48 PM, Mark Brooks wrote:

>> Hey, this is an Apache project.  There is no lead - we're all peers.
> Then we are doomed. :)

Hardly :)

>> But if you are looking for something to do ....   how can we  
>> figure  out the viability of this approach, and either park the  
>> idea as an  interesting one but not appropriate for the project,  
>> or a good one  that we'll keep going forward with?
> I lack the requisite experience to take the lead on this.  However,  
> I think we couldn't really make that determination until someone  
> has done some high-level specifications and determined what exactly  
> needs to be done.  That requires us to identify preliminary issues  
> regarding the build environment.  Realistically, what is our  
> timeframe here?  If we have 36 months, we might be able to achieve  
> a lot.  If somebody is looking for something in the next 12 months,  
> the project might have to be scaled back.
> Exactly what IS Harmony?  If the goal is an Apache-licensed J2SE  
> 5.0 implementation, then we have two parts (1) the VM and (2) the  
> class library.  Our requirements tool is the TCK -- but somebody  
> still needs to reduce that to a series of requirements and  
> specifications so we can target what needs to be done and estimate  
> how long it will take to do.

The requirement for J2SE5 is the spec.  The TCK is what shows we met  
that requirement.  We aren't going to use the TCK as a driver for  
bare minimum compatibility, but rather implement completely and use  
the TCK to verify that.


Geir Magnusson Jr                                  +1-203-665-6437

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