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Subject [Incubator Wiki] Update of "DroidsProposal" by ThorstenScherler
Date Wed, 03 Sep 2008 12:22:06 GMT
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The following page has been changed by ThorstenScherler:

The comment on the change is:
more text enhancements

   * Active relationships and possible cooperation with related projects and communities (e.g.
reusing Tika for text extraction)
   * Generic robot API for crawling, extracting structured text content and/or new task, filtering
task and handle the content
   * Flexible extension and plugin development to create a wide range of functionality
+  * Fuel develop of various droids and bring the current wget style crawler to state-of-the-art
  == Current Status ==
@@ -51, +52 @@

  The initial set of developers comes from various backgrounds, with different but compatible
needs for the proposed project.
+ === Alignment ===
+ As a generic robot framework Droids will likely be widely used by various open source and
commercial projects both together with and independent of other Apache tools. Apache projects
like Cocoon, Lenya and Forrest are potential candidates for using different droids as an embedded
+ == Known Risks ==
+ === Orphaned products ===
+ Till now only one company is known to use Droids in a productive environment however there
is a constant interest in a generic robot framework expressed by various Apache committers.
For many potential users the existing tools are to complicated or too much focused on a specific
usecase which will help to gain a bigger user base.
+ Once the project gets started we can quickly build the wget style droids to a feature level
of existing tools based on plugin development that reuses code from sources mentioned below.
After that we believe to be able to quickly grow the developer and user communities based
on the benefits of a generic framework offering reusable plugins and different droids over
custom alternatives.
+ === Inexperience with Open Source ===
+ All the initial developers have worked on open source before and many are committers and
PMC members within other Apache projects.
+ === Homogenous Developers ===
+ The initial developers come from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of needs for
the proposed toolkit.
+ === Reliance on Salaried Developers ===
+ Some of the developers are paid to work develop certain functionality on this, but the proposed
project is not the primary task for anyone.

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