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Subject [Incubator Wiki] Update of "WindmillProposal" by MikealRogers
Date Thu, 14 Aug 2008 20:26:34 GMT
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= Abstract =

The goal of Windmill is to build the best tool for automated testing of dynamic Web applications
across all major browsers.

= Proposal =

Windmill provides a full-stack automation solution for dynamic Web-application testing.

It accomplishes this by implementing an extensive test API in JavaScript, and providing an
intelligent proxy that can overcome the browser's same-domain security policy. The test API
allows a single test to run on every major browser across all major operating systems.

Windmill boasts a wide range of debugging and test-authoring tools that make test writing,
debugging, and editing a more streamlined process.

= Background =

Windmill was created at the Open Source Applications Foundation by Mikeal Rogers and Adam
Christian to test the Chandler Server Web UI. It was announced more broadly at OSCON 2007
and has since enjoyed a wide range of use and contributions.

In January 2008, all the full-time, paid contributors from OSAF moved on to other employment.
The project has since retained steady contribution despite having no full-time, paid contributors.

In July 2008, we proposed the project move its hosting away from OSAF because of uncertainty
about long term sustainability -- due to OSAF's transition to a smaller-scale, mostly volunteer

= Rationale =

Windmill was created to fulfill a need for a better dynamic Web-application testing tool after
much frustration with existing solutions. We believe it has accomplished this goal and continues
to improve, with ongoing, open interaction with the community.

What the project currently lacks is clear direction, leadership, and process. We believe the
project would benefit greatly from Incubator mentorship, which would allow it to see much
wider adoption, and grow a broader community.

= Current Status =

== Meritocracy ==

Since the project's inception, its development has been coordinated through collaborative
decision-making (e.g., "+1 voting") on the mailing list, and open discussion on IRC.

== Community ==

Although the list of Core Developers has remained small we’ve welcomed outside contributions.
Along with a few small but good patches, we’ve received some very good bugs and numerous
features requests from the community. Our wiki documentation is being continually improved
by our users.

We also have a very good reputation of providing support and resolving problems on IRC (#windmill
on number of our users have stayed around to help others in need.

== Core Developers ==

Mikeal Rogers (Most of the Python code)
Adam Christian (Most of the JavaScript code)

== Alignment ==

Since Windmill was started at OSAF, it has enjoyed contributions from a variety of paid staff
at OSAF. All of those employees are now employed elsewhere -- below are the ones that are
still active.

 * Mikeal Rogers (Mozillla)
 * Adam Christian (Slide)
 * Matthew Eernisse (Seesmic)

= Known Risks =

== Orphaned Products ==

The project has survived the loss of paid contributions and continues to grow in use, despite
a clear lack of leadership (I have only myself to blame).

== Inexperience with Open Source ==

All the contributors have a history in open-source development and the policies of the project
were developed with the help of Ted Leung.

== Reliance on Salaried Developers ==

As of July 2008 one developer is paid part-time for his work on Windmill. The rest of the
contributions are all volunteer at this time.

== A Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand ==

One can’t ignore the impact the Apache brand has on a project, but what this project needs
isn’t branding -- it’s the benefit of Incubator mentorship, direction, leadership, and

= Documentation =

= Initial Source =

The code is currently hosted on OSAF’s Subversion server.

= Source and Intellectual Property Submission Plan =

We’ve gotten consent from OSAF to move the project to new location. 

= External Dependencies =

We have a long list of external Python dependencies. These dependencies are managed via setuptools
and are not distributed with the Windmill product and as such should not need be a licensing

= Required Resources =

== Mailing lists ==

 * windmill-commits
 * windmill-dev
 * windmill-users

== Subversion Directory ==

== Issue Tracking ==

JIRA Windmill

= Initial Committers =

 * Mikeal Rogers
 * Adam Christian
 * Matthew Eernisse

= Sponsors =

== Champion ==

Ted Leung

== Nominated Mentors ==

 * Ted Leung

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