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From Erik Axel Nielsen <erika...@stud.ntnu.no>
Subject Re: assigned modules
Date Tue, 28 Feb 2006 21:47:03 GMT

I have been thinking about this for a while. The reason is that I would
like to contribute but as others have noted before, it's a little
difficult to see where to start.The work of Stuart Ballard [1] made
this a little bit easer. The problem that remains is that sometimes
there is a big work being done within a company (IBM/Intel) which is
invisible to the world and "suddenly" gets contributed. Another
possibility is that a big contribution is up for voting. (There is one
due now right?) For us mere mortals (not full-time employed on the
Harmony project) both these cases are a problem since it's sometimes
difficult to follow the list. (Or am I only speaking for myself?)

Anyway, I propose that we make a page (I can do it or help doing it)
where this information should be posted. It should contain:

1) A breakdown of the classlib (exactly like [1] IMHO) and possibly the
VM's into 'bullets'

2) For each of these bullets a status:
   - "Done" We think it is done
   - "Under development", somebody is looking into it. This doesn't mean
that person/group "owns" the module, but it's who to ask if you want to
   - "Being voted on" On it's way
   - "Available" (Much more inviting for others than "not done" :)

3) Other info perhaps? Or maybe nice colouring or whatever....

This information will probably be most useful to people that would like
to contribute a small part to the project (like me). But I think that
there are more out there eager to help than the few that have raised
their voices on this list.

What do people think?


Erik Axel Nielsen
VU - Amsterdam

[1] http://www.kaffe.org/~stuart/japi/htmlout/h-jdk14-harmony

Quoting karan malhi <karan.malhi@gmail.com>:

> Yes I am interested in documenting this thing. I dont know the best
> way
> to do it, but I was thinking if everybody could send in the following
> information:
> 1. Name
> 2. Module and classes working on
> Then I can create a simple wiki page with the above information.
> However, it would be very difficult for me to keep the page updated,
> so
> I guess, it would be the responsibility of each contributor to update
> that wiki page if he/she starts/stops working on a new module/class.
> Here is an example of what I am talking of. We could do something
> similar, though not exactly the same format.
> http://wiki.apache.org/jdo/AllTheOtherTests
> Geir Magnusson Jr wrote:
> > We actually don't assign things because we don't want to create
> > feelings of territory.
> >
> > That said, if someone is working in an area, it's courteous to show
> > some deference in order to avoid commit clashes :)
> >
> > However, I think your question is different - we don't have a full
> > classlibrary map, and that would be nice.
> >
> > There is some info on the wiki already.  Are you interested in
> > producing  one suitable for the website?
> >
> > geir
> >
> > karan malhi wrote:
> >
> >> How would I know what modules/classes are being worked upon
> already.
> >> I know JIRA is one place to look into, but it may not show a
> complete
> >> picture until an issue is created for a module. Is there a list
> i.e.
> >> spreadsheet or a wiki page where we have list of modules and
> >> volunteers working on that?
> >>
> >
> --
> Karan Singh

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