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Subject [Incubator Wiki] Update of "WebWork2Proposal" by DonBrown
Date Tue, 31 Jan 2006 05:16:40 GMT
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Adding WebWork 2 Proposal as approved by the Struts PMC

New page:

!WebWork 2:  A Java web application development framework

A proposal to merge the !WebWork 2 community and codebase into the Apache Struts project.
The new codebase is slated to become Struts Action 2.


The members of the Apache Struts project and the members of the !OpenSymphony !WebWork 2 project
would like to work together on a next-generation web application framework utilizing an action/request
architecture. !WebWork was initially created by Rickard Oberg to improve on the ideas and
functionality of the Jakarta Struts framework. (Now known as the Apache Struts Action framework.)
Since then, the !WebWork community has continued to extend and refine the framework's capabilities
through a long series of releases, the latest of which, 2.2, brings advanced Ajax, templating,
and Java 5 capabilities to its solid !WebWork 2 foundation.  While, to date, the !WebWork
and Struts Action codebases have overlapped, recent movements to bring consolidation to the
web framework landscape have inspired both communities to work together. Apache Struts has
recently reorganized our codebase into multiple subprojects, two of which, Shale and Action,
represent two separate but equal web frame
 works. Struts Shale serves the nascent JSF community, while Struts Action serves the established
JSP community. The !WebWork 2 code would be brought into the Action subproject as the 2.x
branch.  The !WebWork 2 developers are excited by the prospect of joining the ASF and collaborating
to solve our common need for a solid, action-based MVC2 web framework.  


== Meritocracy: ==

The !WebWork 2 community is a healthy meritocracy with multiple developers who do not share
a common employer. The creator of the project has already "passed the torch" to another generation
of developers, who earn commit privileges through their individual contributions. 

== Community: ==

The !WebWork 2 community has a strong following with active mailing lists and forums.

== WebWork Developers: ==

The !WebWork developers includes individuals who have been with the project for a very long
time and individuals who have only recently earned commit privileges. Contributions come steadily
from all segments of the community, developer and user alike. Despite being used by many well-known
corporations, !WebWork 2 has not received any direct corporate contributions.

== Alignment: ==

!WebWork and Struts Action are both action-oriented web frameworks, and the basic underlying
models of the two are similar in many respects. Thus both projects strive to serve largely
the same community of Java web application developers.

== License ==

!WebWork 2 is under the !OpenSymphony 1.1 license, a modified Apache Software License 1.0.

 * 2001-2006


== Orphaned products: ==

!WebWork 2 will form the base of Struts Action 2.0 and is under heavy active development.

== Inexperience with open source: ==

The !WebWork 2 project has been operating as a successful open source project for over four

== Homogenous developers: ==

The current list of committers includes developers from several different companies who are
geographically dispersed. The developers are experienced with working in a distributed environment,
and with resolving differences outside the scope of a common employer.

== Reliance on salaried developers: ==

!WebWork does not rely on contributions from salaried developers, nor have commit privileges
been extended based on an individual's employer.

== No ties to other ASF products: ==

The heritage of !WebWork yields many close ties with the Apache Struts community. Many users
have used one framework, then the other, and have different projects in the field that use
either. The !WebWork 2 codebase also uses several Jakarta Commons libraries. 

== A fascination with the ASF brand: ==

After several years of independence, the !WebWork developers are ready to work within a larger
community and expose the !WebWork technology to a wider audience. The !WebWork community is
not seeking the ASF brand but seeks to collaborate with like minds in the Apache Struts projects.
Both sets of developers are trying to solve the same problems in the same way, and we feel
that we can create a stronger community and codebase together, than we can working independantly.


The initial source comes from the !WebWork 2 project, which uses CVS hosted at



 * None. (Struts Action SVN module and build systems already exist.)


 * Jason Carreira (jcarreira at
 * Don Brown (mrdon at
 * Rene Gielen
 * Rainer Hermanns
 * Ted Husted (husted at
 * Toby Jee
 * Patrick Lightbody (plightbo at
 * Alexandru Popescu (apopescu at
 * Ian Roughley
 * James Mitchell (jmitchell at
 * Martin Cooper (martinc at 


The Struts PMC has voted to accept this project upon successful incubation. 

== Champion ==

 * Don Brown (mrdon at

== Mentors ==

 * Don Brown (mrdon at
 * Martin Cooper (martinc at
 * Ted Husted (husted at

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