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Subject [Incubator Wiki] Update of "CallbackProposal" by JukkaZitting
Date Wed, 12 Oct 2011 20:01:42 GMT
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http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/CallbackProposal?action=diff&rev1=1&rev2=2

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Add a copy of the Apache Callback proposal (http://wiki.phonegap.com/w/page/46311152/apache-callback-proposal)

- Describe CallbackProposal here.
+ = Apache Callback Proposal =
  
+ == Abstract ==
+ 
+ Apache Callback is a platform for building native mobile applications
+ using HTML, CSS and !JavaScript.
+ 
+ == Proposal ==
+ 
+ Apache Callback allows web developers to natively target Apple iOS, Google
+ Android, RIM !BlackBerry, Microsoft Windows Phone 7, HP webOS, Nokia Symbian
+ and Samsung Bada with a single codebase. The Callback APIs are based on
+ open web standards. The Callback bridge technology enables access to native
+ device capabilities. Utilizing the Callback bridge native plugins allow
+ for any type of native access from the embedded webview.
+ 
+ == Background ==
+ 
+ Apache Callback is the free software evolution of the popular !PhoneGap
+ project.
+ 
+ !PhoneGap evolved from a hack that enabled a FFI (Foreign Function Interface)
+ to an embedded !WebView on iOS to a complete suite of tools for tackling
+ parity across many mobile device and desktop platforms.
+ 
+ !PhoneGap has always focused on two complementary goals. Our first goal,
+ is to see the web as a first class development platform. Not a sandbox
+ without a filesystem but a real first class platform that includes access
+ to the local system apis, sensors and data, in addition to first class
+ tooling such as system debuggers. The second goal of !PhoneGap  is for
+ the project to cease to exist. This is not a nihilistic sentiment, rather
+ we at the !PhoneGap project are providing a reference implementation for
+ web browsers to assist and guide the standardization process of browser APIs.
+ 
+ The name and trademark of !PhoneGap will become the commercial entity for
+ the project. The source, code, documentation and related assets will all
+ be contributed to the Apache Foundation as Callback. 
+ 
+ The Callback name comes from the event of the same name that is fired
+ when the FFI bridge is established.
+ 
+ == Rationale ==
+ 
+ The dominate window to the web is quickly becoming devices, mostly phones.
+ The manufacturers of devices, creators of mobile operating systems, and
+ authors of web browsers are consolidating. (In many cases these are all
+ already the same company.) Those stakeholders may see a future for the
+ web but their bottom line is not necessarily motivated to participate in
+ an open web. It is especially clear that while many of these platforms
+ have been seeing some level of strategic neglect in favor of enhanced
+ experiences at the price locking developers into their respective
+ platforms. The Callback project exists to bring the focus back to an
+ open and accessible web.
+ 
+ == Initial Goals ==
+ 
+  * License all !PhoneGap source code and documentation to the Apache Software Foundation.
(We already name the Apache license in our CLA.)
+  * Setup and standardize the open governance of the Callback project.
+  * Rename all assets from !PhoneGap to Callback in project src, docs, tests and related
infrastructure.
+ 
+ == Current Status ==
+ 
+ Callback is a mature software project recently shipping 1.0 on July 29, 2011.
+ 
+ == Meritocracy ==
+ 
+ Callback has always been a project driven by merit and, in a sense, our
+ solution is brute force requiring many collaborating developers to
+ solve our goals.
+ 
+ It would be far easier, and perhaps more "correct", for the Callback
+ project to port a single web browser codebase, and API bindings, across
+ platforms but our executable size would be appreciably larger, unacceptably
+ so for mobile, and our target abstraction would be only tertiary to
+ maintaining a codebase of that size. By relying on the platform browser,
+ exposed by the platform SDK, we get a quick win to the browser and only
+ have to focus on our bridge. This means the project requires developers
+ with proficiency on each platform: collaboration is a natural side effect.
+ 
+ == Community ==
+ 
+ The community surrounding Callback is vast, diverse, distributed globally,
+ and with all levels of proficiency in software development -- the common
+ thread of web development binding them all.  In terms of contribution,
+ excluding Nitobi Software employees, the Callback project has 70 contributors.
+ 
+ In terms of user adoption, precise numbers are impossible for us to know
+ due to the open nature of the project. At the time of this writing Callback
+ is downloaded 60,000 times a month and daily traffic to http://phonegap.com
+ is roughly 24,000 uniques (625,000 / mo). The Callback mailing list has over
+ 7,000 members. A quick look on our IRC channel or Twitter usually shows
+ activity within minutes. The community is engaged and active daily. We
+ really try to be as responsive, inclusive and honestly emphatic when it
+ comes to supporting our community.
+ 
+ == Core Developers ==
+ 
+  * Brian !LeRoux, Nitobi
+  * Dr. David Charles Johnson, Nitobi
+  * Fil Maj, Nitobi (!BlackBerry)
+  * Joe Bowser, Nitobi (Android)
+  * Shazron Abdullah, Nitobi (iOS)
+  * Michael Brooks, Nitobi (Tooling, Docs)
+  * Herm Wong, Nitobi (webOS)
+  * Anis Kadri, Nitobi (Bada)
+  * Jesse !MacFadyen, Nitobi (WP7)
+  * Brett Rudd, Nitobi
+  * Ryan Willoughby, Nitobi
+  * Bryce Curtis, IBM
+  * Becky Gibson, IBM (iOS)
+  * Simon !MacDonald, IBM (Android)
+  * Drew Walters, IBM (!BlackBerry)
+  * Justin Tyberg, IBM (!BlackBerry)
+  * Patrick Mueller, IBM (Tooling, Weinre)
+ 
+ == Alignment ==
+ 
+ The only way the Callback project can work is if it is an open, transparent
+ and collaborative effort. The proliferation of operating systems and
+ platforms requires a large amount of manpower to tackle! The project has
+ now grown in mind-share and community enough that we believe it is time
+ we work with a foundation to see the code mature in a fashion consistent
+ with our values.
+ 
+ == Known Risks ==
+ 
+ There are many organizations outside Nitobi and IBM behind the Callback
+ project but generally it is these two organizations that divide, and
+ conquer, the work. We recognize the risk of having two sponsoring
+ corporations with salaried developers behind the project and would
+ like to see more free collaboration from the community. That said,
+ many, if not most, project contributors work on Callback in their own
+ time and outside of the daily grind.
+ 
+ == Documentation ==
+ 
+ It should be noted that a community effort is currently underway translating
+ the Callback documentation from English into Japanese, Chinese, Spanish
+ and Portuguese.
+ 
+  * http://docs.phonegap.com
+  * http://wiki.phonegap.com
+ 
+ == Initial Source ==
+ 
+ Callback is a diverse project. Originally we maintained all platforms from
+ a single source tree. This became untenable as new platforms and structure
+ was introduced. All projects related to the Callback project can be found
+ on !GitHub under the !PhoneGap organization (http://github.com/phonegap).
+ 
+ The main Callback repositories are:
+ 
+  * PhoneGap/iOS http://github.com/phonegap/phonegap-iphone
+  * PhoneGap/Android http://github.com/phonegap/phonegap-android
+  * !PhoneGap/BlackBerry http://github.com/phonegap/phonegap-blackberry-webworks
+  * PhoneGap/webOS http://github.com/phonegap/phonegap-webos
+  * PhoneGap/WP7 http://github.com/phonegap/phonegap-wp7
+  * PhoneGap/Bada http://github.com/phonegap/phonegap-bada
+  * PhoneGap/Mac http://github.com/phonegap/phonegap-mac
+  * PhoneGap/Docs http://github.com/phonegap/phonegap-docs
+  * PhoneGap/Debug http://github.com/phonegap/weinre
+  * PhoneGap/Test http://github.com/phonegap/mobile-spec
+ 
+ Beta, deprecated, and experimental codebases make up the rest.
+ 
+ == Source and IP Submission Plan ==
+ 
+  * All canonical source will be moved to Apache infrastructure under the name Callback.
+  * Documentation should be moved completely over to the Apache systems.
+  * All open to further understanding of Apache infrastructure.
+  * The existing PhoneGap trademark will be used as a commercial entity.
+ 
+ == External Dependencies ==
+ 
+ All Callback projects rely on the native SDKs for their respective
+ platforms. The Callback project itself does not rely on 3rd party libs.
+ The !BlackBerry implementation does have its own Java implementation of
+ JSON library with more compatible licensing.
+ 
+ == Required Resources ==
+ 
+ Mailing Lists
+ 
+  * callback-dev
+  * callback-commits
+  * callback-private
+ 
+ Subversion Directories
+ 
+  * incubator/callback/ios
+  * incubator/callback/android
+  * incubator/callback/blackberry
+  * incubator/callback/wp7
+  * incubator/callback/bada
+  * incubator/callback/mac
+  * incubator/callback/docs
+ 
+ (Git mirrors of these codebases will also be needed.)
+ 
+ Issue Tracking (Jira)
+ 
+  * Callback/iOS (CBIOS)
+  * Callback/Android (CBANDROID)
+  * !Callback/BlackBerry (CBBLACKBERRY)
+  * Callback/WP7 (CBWP7)
+  * Callback/Bada (CBBADA)
+  * Callback/Mac (CBMAC)
+  * Callback/Docs (CBDOCS)
+ 
+ == Initial Committers ==
+ 
+  * Brian !LeRoux (b at brian.io)
+  * Dr. David Charles Johnson (dave.c.johnson at gmail.com)
+  * Fil Maj (maj.fil at gmail.com)
+  * Joe Bowser (bowserj at gmail.com)
+  * Shazron Abdullah (shazron at gmail.com)
+  * Michael Brooks (michael at michaelbrooks.ca) 
+  * Herm Wong
+  * Anis Kadri (anis.kadri at gmail.com)
+  * Jesse !MacFadyen (jesse.macfadyen at gmail.com)
+  * Brett Rudd (brett.rudd at gmail.com)
+  * Ryan Willoughby (rywillo at gmail.com)
+  * Bryce Curtis, IBM
+  * Becky Gibson, IBM (iOS)
+  * Simon !MacDonald, IBM (Android)
+  * Drew Walters, IBM (!BlackBerry)
+  * Justin Tyberg, IBM (!BlackBerry)
+  * Patrick Mueller, IBM (Tooling, Weinre)
+  * Abu Obeida Bakhach, Windows Phone 7 (abu.obeida at microsoft.com)
+  * Sergey Grebnov, Windows Phone 7 (sergeyg at bsquare.com)
+ 
+ == Sponsors ==
+ 
+ Champion
+ 
+  * David Nuescheler 
+  * Sam Ruby
+ 
+ Nominated Mentors
+ 
+  * Jukka Zitting
+  * Christian Grobmeier
+  * Gianugo Rabellino
+  * Ross Gardler
+  * Andrew Savory 
+ 
+ Sponsoring Entity
+ 
+  * Apache Incubator
+ 

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