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From "Davanum Srinivas" <dava...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [VOTE] XAP (Extensible Ajax Platform) Proposal (was XAP (Extensible Ajax Platform) Proposal)
Date Thu, 18 May 2006 17:46:07 GMT
+1 from me. (binding)

On 5/18/06, Cliff Schmidt <cliffschmidt@gmail.com> wrote:
> Since this project was proposed a couple weeks ago, it now has a
> champion, three mentors, and has further diversified its initial
> committership.  Additional details about the project have been
> discussed on this list, and I don't believe there are any unresolved
> concerns.
>
> Therefore, as the champion of this project, I am calling a vote.  As
> usual, the binding votes will be those case by Incubator PMC members
> (since the project is requesting sponsorship from the Incubator PMC);
> however all participants on this list are encouraged to vote if they
> have a strong feeling one way or another.
>
> The traditional 72-hour voting period would end in the middle of the
> weekend; so I'll propose extending that by an additional day, with the
> vote closing on Monday May 22, 2006 18:00 UTC (see
> http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?month=5&day=22&year=2006&hour=18&min=0&sec=0&p1=0)
>
> Please vote on the XAP proposal (rev 12 on the wiki and copied below).
>
>
> Cliff
>
> ----
> http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/XapProposal?action=recall&rev=12
> ----
> XAP - eXtensible Ajax Platform
>
> An Ajax-based Rich Internet Application framework
>
> April 2006, Coach Wei (cwei at nexaweb dot com)
> PROJECT PROPOSAL
>
> XAP is to provide an XML-based declarative framework for building,
> deploying and maintaining rich, interactive, Ajax-powered web
> applications. A basic principal of XAP is to leverage existing Ajax
> projects such as Apache Kabuki and Dojo, as well as other community
> efforts such as Eclipse openAjax. It aims to be pluggable with various
> Ajax toolkits, reduce the need of scripting and solve the development
> challenge as well as application maintenance challenges associated
> with Ajax programming.
>
> 0. Rationale
>
> Ajax is a widely recognized approach for building richer, dynamic,
> more interactive web applications, known as "Rich Internet
> Application" (RIA). RIA combines the richness of desktop software with
> the universal deployment advantages of the web, representing the next
> evolution of application development.
>
> With the recent excitement around Ajax, tremendous effort is underway,
> from many directions, to make the creation of RIAs easier. Toolkits
> that provide DHTML and JavaScript (Ajax) support are proliferating and
> provide a rich set of functionality allowing developers to quickly add
> dynamic features to web applications.
>
> Although these toolkits ease development of Ajax-powered web
> applications, there are still significant development and maintenance
> challenges, mainly associated with writing, debugging and maintaining
> JavaScript code. In particular, some developers would prefer not to
> use JavaScript.
>
> There are many possible solutions to address these challenges and each
> approach can solve the challenges to a different degree. On the one
> side, open source community has responded with Apache Kabuki and
> Eclipse openAjax projects. On the other side, standard organizations
> have been working on standardizing Ajax(XmlHttpRequest for example)
> and related browser behaviors. A higher level abstraction via a
> declarative format helps solve the Ajax development challenges by
> reducing the need for scripting while providing a straightforward way
> of building rich user interfaces, but also provides a mechanism to
> combine the above mentioned community efforts together for greater
> benefits.
>
> Building on these vibrant community efforts already underway, the
> proposed project is to create an extensible software framework for
> building and deploying Ajax-powered rich internet applications
> declaratively. The project is "pluggable" with client side Ajax
> toolkits such as Kabuki, works with openAjax as well as other Ajax
> initiatives. The mission of this project is to encourage innovation
> around declarative Ajax development, build a community, and provide an
> open source framework for building and deploying rich internet
> applications independent of browsers and servers.
>
> This project seeks to provide
>
>     * XML markup that provides a declarative format for Ajax-based
> rich user interface, separating presentation and behavior;
>     * Declarative data binding that links user interface components
> with data sources, separating presentation and data;
>     * Declarative modification syntax for updating the user interface;
>     * A "bridge" mechanism that allows easy plug-in of existing UI
> Ajax toolkits.
>     * A framework that ties everything together; enabling asynchronous
> update and event handling;
>
> The architecture of this proposal embraces existing Ajax toolkits,
> such as Apache Kabuki and Dojo. At the core of the architecture is the
> concept of "bridges" that allow declarative tags to be connected to
> any toolkit and allow the toolkits to be easily interchanged. It also
> supports "plugins", allowing tags to be easily added or extended to
> support custom widgets and behavior.
>
> Key benefits:
>
>     * XML syntax describes UI instead of JavaScript code
>     * XML syntax describes asynchronous update instead of JavaScript code
>     * Built in support for data binding
>     * Enables tools that can generate XML to create the UI rather than
> JavaScript
>     * Simplifies application development and maintenance
>     * Extendable with various JavaScript UI toolkits via the "bridge" mechanism
>
>
> 0.1 Criteria
> Meritocracy:
>
> We plan to do everything possible to encourage an environment that
> supports meritocracy. We know that meritocracies don't just evolve
> from good intentions; they require actively asking the community for
> help, listing/specifying the work that needs to be done, and keeping
> track of and encouraging members of the community who make any
> contributions.
>
> Community:
>
> We are committed to building a strong community around the proposed
> project. The committers will supply example code and documentation to
> help bring new members up to speed as to the current functionality of
> the code and how it is organized and maintained. In addition, the
> committers plan to spend the time necessary to answer user and
> developer questions. Along with our plans to encourage meritocracy
> (mentioned above), we hope these efforts will eventually create a user
> and development community that can live beyond the contribution of any
> one person and beyond the goals of any contributor's employer.
>
> Core Developers:
>
> More than half of the initial committers are key members of Nexaweb's
> development, test, and project management team. The rest are
> developers who have had significant experience with the framework or
> the technologies it is built upon. Some of these committers are
> contributing to this project on behalf of their employer, some of them
> are self-employed consultants, and some of them are just contributing
> as individuals.
>
> Alignment:
>
> The project is a pure client-side implementation. It should support
> any server side infrastructure. The initial code base is targeted to
> support the following environments:
>
>     * Client side: Internet Explorer and Firefox initially. We expect
> support for other browsers in the future.
>     * Server side: any web server environment (Tomcat, Geronimo,
> Apache, .NET, PHP, etc.).
>
> For further information, please see http://www.nexaweb.com/open/xap
> and  http://www.openxal.org
>
> 0.2 Warning signs
> Orphaned products:
>
> The initial code contribution is being developed specifically for the
> developer community and is not an orphaned product. The committers
> have long term interest to develop and maintain the code.
>
> Inexperience with open source:
>
> Only a few of the initial committers have contributed to open source
> projects; however, all of the initial committers have been reading
> Apache process documents, the incubator general mailing list, and the
> dev lists of current Apache projects. We've also spent time with ASF
> members and at ApacheCon to prepare ourselves as much as possible.
>
> Homogenous developers:
>
> The initial list of developers consists primarily of paid employees of
> the donating company. The donating company has reached out and will
> continue to reach out to build a diverse and vibrant community. The
> remaining initial committers are independent. They have had experience
> with the technology before and are personally passionate about the
> technology.
>
> The committers are geographically distributed. They are experienced
> with working in a distributed environment.
>
> Reliance on salaried developers:
>
> Some of the initial committers are salaried developers employed by
> Nexaweb. Nexaweb is committed to open source and committed to building
> a community for this project. The remaining developers are individual
> volunteers who are passionate about the technology. The donating
> company has reached out and will continue to reach out in its effort
> to build a diverse community.
>
> No ties to other Apache products:
>
> This proposal is related to many ongoing projects at Apache, such as
> Kabuki and MyFaces, and it fits into the overall vision of that set of
> projects. There is an optional dependency on Kabuki.
>
> A fascination with the Apache brand:
>
> The committers are intent on developing a strong open source community
> around the XAP framework whether Apache is the right place or not;
> however, we believe that the project's current use of Apache projects,
> the potential for future synergies, and the Apache way of developing
> software make the ASF the ideal host community.
>
> 1. Scope
>
> Provide declarative syntax and framework for writing Ajax applications.
>
> The initial commit will contain:
>
>     * XML processing abstraction
>     * XPath support - limited support initially
>     * Incremental Update - remove, set-attribute and append
>     * UI Component Library bridges
>     * Declarative framework
>     * Open XML specification and schema
>     * Samples and documentation
>
> For further technical or background information, please see:
>
> http://www.nexaweb.com/open/xap and http://www.openxal.org/.
>
> 2. Identify the initial source from which the subprojects are to be populated
>
> The initial source will be denoted by Nexaweb Technologies Inc. The
> donating company will contribute the intial code base immediately
> after the proposal is accepted and necessary infrastructure has been
> set up. For further background or technical infomation, please see
> http://www.nexaweb.com/open/xap and http://www.openxal.org for more
> details.
>
> 2.1 External Dependencies of the project
>
> None.
>
> 3. Identify the ASF resources to be created
> 3.1 mailing list(s)
>
>     * xap-ppmc (with moderated subscriptions)
>     * xap-dev
>     * xap-commits
>     * xap-user
>
> 3.2 Subversion repository
>
>     * https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/xap
>
> 3.3 Jira
>
>     *  xap
>
> 4. Identify the initial set of committers:
>
>     * Atsuko Pien
>     * Scott Boyd
>     * Robert Buffone
>     * Cliff Schmidt
>     * Coach Wei
>     * James Margaris
>     * Michael Turyn
>     * Jonathan Levin
>     * Peter Eacmen
>     * Animesh Kumar
>     * Doug Schepers
>
> 5. Identify Apache sponsoring individual
>
> Champion: Cliff Schmidt
>
> Mentors: Cliff Schmidt, Susan Wu, Robert Burrell Donkin.
>
> We request that the Apache Incubator PMC sponsor XAP as an incubating
> project. There is not currently another TLP that would be an obvious
> fit as sponsor for this project. As the project approaches graduation,
> we would reevaluate possible TLP destinations and work with others at
> Apache to consider whether a new TLP is warranted to include XAP and
> possibly other related Apache projects.
>
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