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Subject [Incubator Wiki] Update of "AjaxProposal" by SamRuby
Date Tue, 17 Jan 2006 02:08:36 GMT
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= AJAX Toolkit Proposal =

== 0. Rationale ==

While the term AJAX (Asynchronous Javascript and XML) has only recently been coined, the underlying
web standards and technologies (JavaScript a.k.a. ECMAScript, DOM, XML, SOAP, and so on) have
been around for years. Although the term is used in a variety of ways, AJAX typically describes
techniques towards developing interactive applications on the web client including asynchronous
messaging, use of XML grammar in client-side applications, incremental page updates, and improved
user interface controls. AJAX applications combine the rich UI experience of programmed clients
with the low-cost lifecycle management of web-based applications.

AJAX has raised awareness of the high potential of web applications, it has encouraged companies
to adopt rich web-based interfaces over traditional "fat" clients, and it has spawned development
activity to create toolkits and abstractions to make AJAX-style development easier and more
powerful. This is an important trend for open source. The client itself can be composed entirely
of open-source parts, such as Mozilla's Firefox or KDE's Konqueror, and does not require any
particular operating system, helping to make a more level playing field
for all development. More importantly, AJAX is back-end agnostic as transactions are done
over HTTP. Keeping the client open forces vendors to keep the communication channel open as
well, and this can only continue as long as the client technology keeps pace with proprietary
alternatives. The open, standards based communications channel is what drives many technologies
inside Apache, so success of the open client is vital to Apache. The mission of this project
is to encourage innovation around enterprise-strength client runtimes and tools and build
community which can select and nurture a select set which will be most beneficial to the web.

== 0.1 Criteria ==

=== Meritocracy: ===

Apache was chosen for an incubator primarily because of the guidance the community can provide.

=== Community: ===

The contributed work was inspired by open source development but needs a strong and diverse
community to validate its mission and carry it forward. A primary objective of the project
is to build a vibrant community of users and active contributors.

=== Core Developers: ===

All of the initial committers are members of the Zimbra development teams . All developers
have worked on open source projects before and have experience and understanding of open source

=== Alignment: ===

The Zimbra AJAX Development Toolkit provides a rich client library, similar in style to traditional
object-oriented widget libraries like Eclipse's SWT. This toolkit hides implementation details
and browser quirks and makes web development more accessible to the enterprise developer.
It provides 

 * User interface development
 * Network communications (both synchronous and asynchronous)
 * SOAP programming
 * XML document creation and manipulation
 * UI event handling and management

For further information, please see the Zimbra AjaxTK whitepaper:

== 0.2 Warning signs ==

=== Orphaned products: ===

The initial committers are users of this toolkit and have a long-term interest in use and
maintenance of the code.

=== Inexperience with open source: ===

Several of the commiters are very experienced in Open Source environment. All efforts will
be made to ensure that the work done and momentum will be in strict adherence to open source

=== Homogenous developers: ===

The current list of committers includes developers who are experienced with working in a distributed
environment, and with resolving technical differences.

=== Reliance on salaried developers: ===

The initial set of committers are salaried developers. Through the incubation process, more
diversity will hopefully be achieved in many aspects, including reliance on salaried developers.

=== No ties to other Apache products: ===

The initial codebase will be licensed under the Apache License 2.0.  While there are no direct
build dependencies on other Apache projects, the development of AJAX clients will often be
driven by Apache middleware and will have a positive impact on the open source movement as
described in the "Rationale" section.

=== A fascination with the Apache brand: ===

The committers are intent on developing a strong open source community.  We believe that the
Apache Software Foundation's emphasis on community development makes it the most suitable

== 1. Scope of the subprojects ==

The Zimbra AjaxTK, as described in 0.1.

== 2. Identify the initial source from which the subprojects are to be populated ==

The Zimbra AjaxTK is available today in open source, and can be downloaded at
(See Zimbra Ajax Toolkit Download).  (A snapshot of the AJAX toolkit code is also available

== 2.1 External Dependencies of the project ==


== 3. Identify the ASF resources to be created ==

== 3.1 mailing list(s) ==

 * ajaxtk-ppmc
 * ajaxtk-dev
 * ajaxtk-commits
 * ajaxtk-user

== 3.2 Subversion repository ==


== 3.3 Bugzilla ==


== 4. Identify the initial set of committers: ==

 * Andrew Clark
 * Conrad Damon
 * Ross Dargahi
 * Roland Schemers
 * Parag Shah
 * Greg Solovyev

== 5. Identify Apache sponsoring individual ==

We request that the Apache Incubator PMC sponsor the AJAX Toolkit Framework as an incubating
project, with the eventual goal of graduation as a TLP. The initial contributors feel the
scope of the project doesn't clearly overlap with any existing TLP, and is broad enough to
justify eventual TLP status.

Champion: Sam Ruby

Mentors: Andy Clark

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