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From Mike <mikeandm...@gmail.com>
Subject [GSOC] Proposals from me
Date Sun, 29 Mar 2009 05:56:12 GMT
Hi all,

i'm a undergraduate student from ZheJiang University and had just
submitted my proposal some of the harmony GSOC's project. I've been
focusing on harmony from last year when firepure@gmail.com gave a speech
on Apache Harmony at ZheJiang University ZJG campus. 

i'm familiar with java's mechanism, how a java program runs. Know the
principle of java virtual machine. i'm also a active opensource
programmer, and currently maintain a java project called MNADemo (at
http://code.google.com/p/mnademo/ )

I have submitted 3 projects on the GSOC's website.

      * harmony-class-selector
        In the Harmony's wiki page it saids.

                For many java desktop application, sometimes they will
                offer a JRE in the installation package, which may be
                big. And the project may also customize the jre to be
                smallest for the application, which cost much effort. We
                are looking for an automatic tool to find out all
                classes for the application and build up a smallest JRE
                for the customer. For many our developers, we have
                EasyMock to cheat coverage tools, such as Emma. The
                smallest jre can help us to find these cheats, make code
                more robust.
        This is a rather strange idea. Because, it will make application
        code more robust, but will not make harmony-class-selector
        robust. Which means, harmony-class-selector will force user to
        do nearly 100% testing. This is not always good. So on my own
        perspective, we need to provide 2 strategies.
             1. collect the class dependency according to test generated
                class file.
             2. collect the class dependency according to application
        One is for user to recheck the their code coverage, another is
        for productivity use. But if we implement the second strategy,
        the information collection algorithm will be base on .class file
        parsing. There's no way for hacking a classloader when the jar
        file is not fully running. So there should be an alternative.
      * Harmony misc tools (harmony-tools-1 on the wiki page)
        Tools that be involved are jar, javaws, jconsole. 
        For jar, it's not that hard. jar spec can be found at
        For javaws, it seems that it involves the JNLP stuff, and it
        shouldn't be too complicated. ^_^
        But for jconsole, sun's jconsole is just too rich featured T_T.
        I guess we can separate the jconsole into many other small
        tools, such as heap_mon, thread_mon, vm_info. And also, we may
        cast away the GUI interface, since harmony's swing/awt
        implementation is not mature. CLI interface for a monitor is
        convenient enough for a administrator. 
      * i18n tool harmony/others
        The wiki page gave us a clear guideline of how to implement it
        clear enough ^_^.
        ( http://wiki.apache.org/harmony/Harmony_i18n_tool )
        So i only got some ideas on implementation:
        1 i think the translation notation should be written in the
        code. Programmers should know that their strings in the code
        will be translated. Java5's annotation support can help us with
        this. Using a annotation within a class is better than a xml
        file to configure the extractor.
        2 injector. how about do a hack on the classpath? when analyzer
        detect that the class will be translate, use javac to compile
        different a copy with different languages. then pack to
        different jar files. When project code is runnning, the injector
        will place the localized jar prior in the classpath.
well, this is the first idea that comes into my mind, it might be
impossible to complete, but i'm expecting your feedbacks. ^_^

Thanks all, yours


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