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From Paulex Yang <paulex.y...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [classlib] Der Plan
Date Mon, 03 Apr 2006 08:57:52 GMT
Nathan Beyer wrote:
> I think a more formal project plan (release plan?) would be great. It would
> be nice to have a regular snapshot/milestone build to be pushing towards.
> The Xerces-J project does something similar with their releases [1].
> Although not quite the same, the intent is similar and the communication to
> the community is very helpful.
Totally agree. A heartbeat milestone plan will be very helpful, and 
maybe I am too aggressive, but IMHO, it is also good time start to 
discuss a little long-term roadmap(as what the Harmony website says;-) 
), especially considering we have got two VMs and a dozen of classlib 
components in SVN. What I mean about roadmap may be like: when can 
Harmony binaries can support Tomcat, or Geronimo, etc, when to meet 30%, 
50%, 80%, 100% JSE 5 API coverage, when to open Java 6 development 
branch (if we shall), etc.
> The items that are out on the Wiki now look good to me. I think enabling
> Java 5 syntax, establishing a test architecture and a general focus on
> getting a repeatable build system are good initial steps.
Agree. A stable infrastructure like build system/code layout/test 
framework/etc is very important to development. Hopefully we can get the 
consensus asap.
> The next obvious major focus for the class library is attaining Java 5
> compliance, especially since Java 6 is quickly coming down the pipe. Perhaps
> the later iterations can have a module-specific focus for closing the gaps.
Should we have some priority on the classlib components? After all, the 
whole classlib is too big to be created in a couple of weeks(even a 
couple of months or years). That's also why I think a little long term 
roadmap is helpful, which can be the balance to weigh the components.
> [1]
> http://svn.apache.org/viewcvs.cgi/*checkout*/xerces/java/trunk/Xerces2.8.0-R
> EL_PLAN.html
> -Nathan
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tim Ellison [mailto:t.p.ellison@gmail.com] 
> Sent: Sunday, April 02, 2006 4:01 PM
> To: harmony-dev
> Subject: [classlib] Der Plan
> Looking at our wiki pages[1], people have written a description of the
> _current_ state of play for a number of class library modules.
> However, with our new committers eager to get going, a growing number of
> contributors, and people lurking and wondering where they can help, may
> I suggest that we try and form a plan for what we want to do over the
> next, say, six weeks; over and above the usual bug fixing tasks.
> Like all good plans we'll probably get it wrong in a number of ways ;-)
> but the idea is that we all agree upon a few themes and goals to ensure
> we are all working together on subgoals of the project.  At regular
> intervals we should come together with a coherent working system, rather
> than always having something broken!
> I expect that some of the themes/goals will be relevant across the whole
> classlib, and others will be module-specific.  I've created a wiki page
> [2] with a suggestion of how it may look -- but the content comes from
> everyone so it's not complete.
> Thoughts?
> Tim
> [1] http://wiki.apache.org/harmony/ClassLibrary
> [2] http://wiki.apache.org/harmony/ClassLibraryPlan

Paulex Yang
China Software Development Lab

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