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Subject [Incubator Wiki] Update of "ShindigProposal" by BrianMcCallister
Date Thu, 29 Nov 2007 00:48:48 GMT
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= Abstract =

Shindig will develop a container and backend server components for
hosting OpenSocial applications.

= Proposal =

Shindig will develop a JavaScript container and implementations of
the backend APIs and proxy required for hosting OpenSocial applications.

= Background =

OpenSocial provides a common set of APIs for social applications
across multiple websites. With standard JavaScript and HTML,
developers can create social applications that use a social network's
friends and update feeds.

A social application, in this context, is an application run by a
third party provider and embedded in a web page, or web application,
which consumes services provided by the container and by the
application host. This is very similar to Portal/Portlet technology,
but is based on client-side compositing, rather than server.

More information can be found about OpenSocial at

== Rationale ==

Shindig will provide implementations of an emerging set of APIs
for client-side composited web applications. The Apache Software
Foundation has proven to have developed a strong system and set of
mores for building community-centric, open standards based systems
with a wide variety of participants.

A robust, community-developed implementation of these APIs will
encourage compatibility between service providers, ensure an excellent
implementation is available to everyone, and enable faster and
easier application development for users.

The Apache Software Foundation has proven it is the best place for
this type of open development.

The Shindig OpenSocial implementation will be able to serve as
a reference implementation of the standard. 

= Current Status =

This is a new project.

= Meritocracy =

The initial developers are very familiar with meritocratic open
source development, both at Apache and elsewhere. Apache was chosen
specifically because the initial developers want to encourage this
style of development for the project.

=== Community ===

Shindig seeks to develop developer and user communities during

= Core Developers =

The initial set of committers includes folks from several commercial
OpenSocial container providers, including Ning, Google, Hi5, and
MySpace. We have varying degrees of experience with Apache-style
open source development, ranging from none to ASF Members.

= Alignment =

The developers of Shindig want to work with the Apache Software
Foundation specifically because Apache has proven to provide a
strong foundation and set of practices for developing standards-based
infrastructure and server components.

= Known Risks =

== Orphaned products ==

Shindig is new development of an emerging set of APIs.

== Inexperience with Open Source ==

The initial developers include long-time open source developers,
including Apache Members.

== Homogenous Developers ==

The initial set of developers is diverse, but are all employed by OpenSocial
container providers. Building a more diverse developer community is a high
priority for this project.

== Reliance on Salaried Developers ==

The initial group of developers are all employed by potential consumers
of the project. Remedying this is a large part of why we want to bring the 
project to Apache.

== Relationships with Other Apache Products ==

None in particular.

==  A Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand ==

We believe in the processes, systems, and framework Apache has put
in place. The brand is nice, but is not why we wish to come to

= Documentation =

Google's OpenSocial Documentation:

Ning's OpenSocial Documentation:

= Initial Source =

The initial source will consist of the Javascript container and a
Java based backend providing services to the container. The source
is being contributed by Google, and will be by a code grant.

= External Dependencies =

The initial code relies on PHP and the jQuery library.

= Required Resources =

Developer and user mailing lists

A subversion repository

A JIRA issue tracker

= Initial Committers =

 * Andy Smith          (Google)
 * Brian McCallister   (Ning)
 * Brian Stoler        (Google)
 * Cassie Doll         (Google)
 * Dan Bentley         (Google)
 * Dan Farino          (MySpace)
 * David Glazer        (Google)
 * David Harkness      (Google)
 * Diego Doval         (Ning)
 * Doug Coker          (Google)
 * Evan Gilbert        (Google)
 * Graham Spencer      (Google)
 * Jeffrey Regan       (Google)
 * John Hjelmstad      (Google)
 * John Panzer         (Google)
 * Jun Yang            (Google)
 * Jussi Myllymaki     (Google)
 * Kevin Brown         (Google)
 * Martin Traverso     (Ning)
 * Paul Lindner        (Hi5)
 * Ramkumar Ramani     (Google)
 * Thomas Baker        (Ning)
 * Thomas Dudziak      (Ning)
 * Tim Williamson      (Ning)
 * Zhen Wang           (Google)
= Sponsors =

== Champion ==
* Brian McCallister   

== Nominated Mentors ==

 * Thomas Dudziak      
 * Brian Fitzpatrick   
 * Santiago Gala       
 * Greg Stein          
 * Upayavira           
 * Sylvain Wallez      

== Sponsoring Entity ==

The Apache Incubator.

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