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Subject [Incubator Wiki] Update of "AriProposal" by JamesSnell
Date Mon, 22 May 2006 19:15:31 GMT
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= ARI, an Atom Reference Implementation Proposal =

== 0. Rationale ==

The fundamental goal of ARI is to provide a high-quality and functionally-complete reference
implementation of the Atom Syndication Format (RFC4287) and the Atom Publishing Protocol specifications
published by the IETF Atompub working group.

== 0.1 Criteria ==

=== Meritocracy: ===

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

=== Community: ===

The contributed work was inspired by open source development and by the need to have functionally
complete implementations of the Atom specifications available for developers to use.  To be
successful, the project needs to build a strong and diverse community to validate its mission
and carry it forward. Further, the project needs to be guided by the same general principles
of open and transparent development that has helped to shape the standards upon which the
project is based.

=== Core Developers: ===

The initial committers for the project are employees of the donating company. Two of the developers
have worked on open source projects before and have experience with and a deep understanding
of open source principles.

=== Alignment: ===

The initial code has been implemented in Java and is based primarily on the same Apache Axiom
/ StAX XML parsing API that underpins the Apache Axis2 project.  As such, the implementations
draws heavily on the work of other existing Apache projects and will continue to do so. 

== 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 have
and will be made to ensure that the work done and momentum will be in strict adherence to
open source guidelines.

=== Homogenous developers: ===

As noted above, the initial list of developers consists of paid employees of the donating
company.  However, efforts will be made to actively expand the team of developers committing
to the project.

The current list of committers bring with them a broad range of experiences with open source,
standards, emerging technologies, and product development.

=== 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 relies heavily on existing Apache technologies and will continue to do

=== 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 initial scope of the project will be the development of a Java-language reference implementation
of the Atom Syndication Format and Atom Publishing Protocol specifications, along with a selection
of extensions and utility functions.  It is expected, however, that C/C++ and possibly other
language implementations will be explored in the future.  
The Atom Syndication Format implementation will include a high-performance parser and serializer
for Atom documents, a set of API's for working with the Atom data model, support for a variety
of extensions to the Atom format, and support for various advanced features such as XPath,
XML Digital Signatures, Feed paging, etc.
The Atom Publishing Protocol implementation will include both client and server implementations
designed with the dual purpose of demonstrating the proper function of the protocol and providing
the tools necessary to build and deploy Atom Publishing-based applications.

== 2. Initial source ==

The initial source for the ARI project was originally written to address the needs of the
donating company's own internal Atom development activities.  A snapshot of the initial source
is available at

== 2.1 External Dependencies of the project ==

The current ARI implemenation depends on the following components:
 * Apache Axiom 1.0
 * The Woodstox XML Parser
 * Java Activation Framework (JAF) and JavaMail API
 * Jaxen (optional for XPath support)
 * Junit (for unit testing)
 * Apache Ant (for the build)

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

== 3.1 mailing list(s) ==

 * ari-ppmc (moderated subscriptions)
 * ari-dev 
 * ari-commits
 * ari-user

== 3.2 Subversion repository ==


== 3.3 Bugzilla ==

 * ARI

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

 * James M Snell (IBM)
 * Sam Ruby (IBM)
 * Robert Yates (IBM)
== 5. Identify Apache sponsoring individual ==

We request that the Apache Incubator PMC sponsor the ARI as an incubating project.

Champion: Sam Ruby



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