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Subject [Incubator Wiki] Update of "February2012" by ScottWilson
Date Tue, 31 Jan 2012 14:05:22 GMT
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Added Wookie report

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+ Wookie is a Java server application that allows you to upload and deploy widgets for your
applications. Wookie is based on the W3C Widgets specification, but widgets can also be included
that use extended APIs such as Google Wave Gadgets and OpenSocial.
+ Wookie has been incubating since 17th July 2009
+ Wookie has a small, reasonably active community, however, the majority of that activity
is focussed around one or two individuals. The main issue we would like to address before
graduation is to ensure we  have more diversity in our community. However, as it stands we
could probably graduate as we meet the minimum criteria (5 committers from 3 organisations).
We recognise that some IPMC members would suggest graduation at this point might help accelerate
community growth. We intend to discuss this within the community over the next quarter whilst
also seeking to expand our community.
+ One strategy for this is to reach out to projects and teams already using Wookie and encourage
their developers to contribute back to the community. We know several projects (both in commercial
and academic sectors) that have been conducting R&D activity using Wookie and we want
to make sure we can bring in both contributions from these projects and also welcome their
developers into our community.
+ However we feel that Wookie will only really become fully sustainable when there is more
uptake of the W3C Widgets/Native Web Applications specifications into "real" systems and products.
On this front we're active and visible in W3C, along with PhoneGap/Apache Cordova (incubating)
who also support W3C Widgets (the W3C Native Web Apps Community have a co-chair who is a Wookie
committer and another who is a Cordova committer). Another strategy has been to support integration
in Apache Rave (currently preparing to graduate) as this is a way to build our user base (and
is also a great way to demo Wookie). Another approach we're looking at is how we can use Wookie
to deploy widgets that relate to ASF processes and activities as a way of raising awareness
and interest; we've done some experiments with Widgets using the Jira API as a starting point
for a demonstrator.
+ In any case, we can certainly do more to promote Wookie and generate interest.
+ Since November 2011:
+    * 0.9.1 release
+    * Received updated patch for oAuth support from community member
+    * Received documentation contribution for packaging Wookie as a portable app on a
USB stick
+ Next steps:
+    * 0.9.2 release using an improved and simplified release process
+    * Developer outreach activity (see above)
+    * Improve communication about Wookie
+    * ASF Widgets demo
+ Issues before graduation:
+    * build community/expand user base
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