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Subject [Incubator Wiki] Update of "April2017" by DanielDekany
Date Mon, 03 Apr 2017 10:01:59 GMT
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  based on templates. FreeMarker is implemented in Java as a class library for
  programmers.
  
+ FreeMarker produces releases from its current stable branch since 2004 (and
+ is started in 1999).
+ 
  FreeMarker has been incubating since 2015-07-01.
  
- Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:
  
+ Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:
-   1.
-   2.
-   3.
  
- Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
- aware of?
+   The project is constantly exploring new ways to "convert" active
+   users into committers, since we have a very large user base and a
+   rather small group of committers. This was actually expected, given
+   the age (and topic) of the project. While the FreeMarker 3 line,
+   which was started quite recently, will be much more appealing for
+   contributors, development on that direction will certainly take a
+   long time. In other respects the project is mature and ready for
+   graduation.
  
+ Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
+ aware of?
  
+   We are eager to graduate but we were hoping to increase the number
+   of active contributors more before the graduation. However, since
+   the community is slowly growing and we have completed all the
+   Incubation tasks, we are now more inclined to discuss the graduation
+   and then proceed as a top level project. One of the practical
+   problems with being stuck in the Incubator is that many users stick
+   to the last non-incubating release as that has no "-incubating" in
+   the Maven coordinates, missing out on fixes and features done in the
+   recent two years. We brought up the issue with the Maven coordinate
+   on general@incubator.apache.org (saying that because our Maven
+   coordinate doesn't contain "apache", "incubating" is meaningless
+   there), but there was no consensus.
  
- How has the community developed since the last report?
- 
- 
- 
- How has the project developed since the last report?
+ How has the community developed since the last report?
  
+   We have welcomed a new committer (non-PMC), Woonsan Ko.
  
- How would you assess the podling's maturity?
- Please feel free to add your own commentary.
+   A few new people has shown up to help out with our Twitter channel
+   (such as making a new logo for it, and helping to make it more
+   active), and to work on modernizing our build scripts.
  
+   The starting of the FreeMarker 3 branch has generated more technical
+   discussions than usual.
+ 
+ How has the project developed since the last report?
+ 
+   We have created a Project Maturity Model page at
+   https://cwiki.apache.org/confluence/display/FREEMARKER/Apache+Freemarker+Project+Maturity+Model
+ 
+   We have started the FreeMarker 3 branch, whose goal is to get rid of
+   backward compatibility burden that holds back the project quite much
+   at this point, and doesn't allow us to fully capitalize on the
+   experiences of the last 15 years. In our current situation it's also
+   very important that the new branch, as it advances, will be
+   technically far more appealing than the legacy branch for
+   contributors. Also, the new branch uses org.apache packages and
+   Maven coordinates (which FreeMarker 2 can't do).
+ 
+   We have received a bigger contribution from Kenshoo, the source code
+   of an online template evaluator service, which we plan to use on our
+   home page, helping users to try and learn the template language.
+ 
+   We have released a new micro version (2017-03-25, 2.3.26), focuses
+   on fixes and smaller improvements. This is the third stable release
+   issued during the incubation.
+ 
+   We have added a How-To page for committers
+   (http://freemarker.org/committer-howto.html), which gives detailed
+   instructions on making releases, handling pull requests, updating
+   the project home page, and more.
+ 
+   We have worked some on our Twitter channel, such as we have a new
+   logo and some posts.
+ 
+ How would you assess the podling's maturity?
+ Please feel free to add your own commentary.
+ 
    [ ] Initial setup
    [ ] Working towards first release
-   [ ] Community building
+   [X] Community building
-   [ ] Nearing graduation
+   [X] Nearing graduation
    [ ] Other:
  
- Date of last release:
+   Comment: The project is mature and ready for graduation, unless the problem
+   with the number of active committers is considered as a blocker.
  
-   XXXX-XX-XX
+ Date of last release:
  
- When were the last committers or PPMC members elected?
+   2017-03-25
  
+ When were the last committers or PPMC members elected?
  
+   2017-02-13 Woonsan Ko, committer (non-PMC)
  
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