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From Niclas Hedhman <>
Subject Re: Depot
Date Sun, 07 Nov 2004 09:48:34 GMT
On Sunday 31 October 2004 21:26, Adam Jack wrote:

> Whatever the case, long and the short is that we didn't seem to build on a
> simple use case, we didn't use it first and code it second. Basically it
> stagnated underneath us. I don't think I'll ever quite understand why, but
> despite technical merits (IMHO) something just didn't spark others. Maybe
> marketing, maybe star alignment, definitely community.

I think you are close to the target when you say; "Didn't use it."

Since we have constantly refined the equivalent that started as Avalon 
Repository (and now is at as Transit), some of the parts that 
are intersecting with Depot becomes very generic. In fact, we can now 
artifact enable any application with changing the app(!). I.e. add a Jar to 
the classpath and set a single system property and you use Maven remote 
artifacts and local caching. No API, no code changes, 'just use it'...

That is IMHO, real value. OTOH, this effort will stabilze fairly soon, and 
that is something that ASF doesn't like. Perfect apps that has no 
evolutionary path are doomed in this setting, so perhaps even Depot didn't 
have any long term prospect within ASF, due to the same principle.

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