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From "Noel J. Bergman" <n...@devtech.com>
Subject Incubator May 2007 Board Report
Date Tue, 15 May 2007 00:42:11 GMT
We are revising the web site documentation to help better describe the
processes, policies and procedures.  No substantive policy changes, just
improved clarity.

All in all, things seem to be going fairly well.  Nothing major on a general
level to report during the short interval between the April and May reports.
Lokahi got a lot of exposure at ApacheCon EU in Amsterdam, and hopefully can
build on that in the coming months.

TSIK, which failed to report this month, is being marked as dormant at the
request of the WS PMC, which had sponsored it.  Yoko, however, is active,
and simply failed to provide a report on time.

Projects that fail to report will be asked if they are to be moved to a
dormant status.  In the case of projects that are active and fail to provide
a report, they will be barred from performing releases until they have
cleared up their reporting responsibilities.

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Abdera

Abdera is an implementation of the Atom Publishing Protocol and Atom
Syndication Format.

Incubating since: 2006-06-05

Abdera has continued work on version 0.3.0, and is waiting for the Atom
Publication Protocol to be completed by the Atom WG so that we can finalize
support for it.

Additionally, there was some discussion of the best way to handle vendor
specific extensions in Abdera.  The consensus seems to be that there was no
objection to having them as long as the extension was clearly defined in a
public spec that was available under reasonable licensing terms.

We continue to see questions from new community members, which indicates
that the code is being used, and when possible we've been trying to
encourage them to contribute back to the project.  Hopefully that will
result in some new committers in the reasonably near future.

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Lokahi

Lokahi is a configuration and management console for Apache httpd, tomcat
and other web server infrastructure.

Incubating since:  2006-01-07

Several members of the Lokahi community attended Apachecon EU in an effort
to grow the community.  A FastFeather track on what Lokahi does and what it
currently supports (slides are available
here:http://people.apache.org/~toback/presentations/Lokahi-fast-feather-05-0
4-2007.pdf ).  Specific outreach was made to the Geronimo community to help
us get a sense of what it would take to have Lokahi control the Geronimo
stack.  A significant number of committers from other projects have
subscribed to lokahi-dev over ApacheCon after discovering how this project
could solve their own infrastructure headaches or how it could be enhanced
to support their project's configuration and management. An initial roadmap
of features has been planned, and development will be moving in the
direction of the new roadmap.  An initial draft of Lokahi's data model for
the proposed switch to a Jackrabbit back-end was worked out with input from
Jackrabbit community.

The conversion to JCR takes first priority because it will mitigate existing
difficulties that hinder community-growing, namely:

(a) Oracle as db requirement, which reduces the potential user "market";
(b) inability to run Lokahi on a standalone machine, due to (a);
(c) complicated build process, partially due to (a);

JCR will provide the following benefits:
(a) database independence (run Lokahi with a file system backend to
try it out, or use a more robust storage platform for production) + embedded
Derby db
(b) lower barrier to contribution, see (a)
(c) versioned objects -- the basis for storing versioned configuration files
& foundation for a future "undo" feature requested by users.  Great for
real-world use in regulated environments which require detailed audit trails
of who-changed-what-and-when.

Obstacles to graduation:

 * community - now includes authors outside of the original dev community,
but additional committers are sought.  Recent distractions reinforced the
fact that a larger committer base is needed to graduate.

 * licensing - oracle-only backend is now 90% of the way to an alternate
MySQL backend, and soon to be enhanced with license agnostic interfaces
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NMaven

NMaven develops plugins and integration for Maven to make building and using
.NET languages a first-class citizen in Maven.

Incubating since: 2006-11-17

Items to resolve before graduation
 * More active committer involvement. This involves getting a group of
developers familiar with the NMaven internals (both .NET and Java), as well
as growing a larger community of developers who are creating Maven plugins
in .NET.
 * Engage other ASF projects (Lucene.NET, log4net) to see if NMaven can meet
any of their needs
 * Need a fair amount of work in getting the features in place so that we
can automate releases of the .NET assemblies and projects. Getting on a
regular schedule of releases, should help grow the community.

Status:
 * Active involvement from the community has been a little slow; but has
picked up recently, as seen by the recent increase of discussions on the
mailing list and community interest in submitting patches for features.
 * Published 6-month Road Map on Wiki
 * The latest features of writing Maven plugins directly in .NET and of IDE
integration between Maven and Visual Studio are both targeted directly
toward .NET developers. These features are expected to increase developer
interest from the .NET community, particularly among those who may not have
had previous experience with Java or Maven.
 * Fast feather talk on NMaven at ApacheCon in effort to increase community
interest in project

Plans:
 * Work on getting the site documentation up-to-date with the latest
features
 * Work on improving IDE features
 * Preparing for a release

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RCF

RCF is a rich component set for JSF. Incubation has started a couple of
weeks ago. The SVN, mailing lists and JIRA need to be set up. We are now
waiting for an import of a current code drop into the repository.

Incubating since: May 2007

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ServiceMix

ServiceMix is an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) built on Java Business
Integration (JBI, aka JSR 208).  The project has been in incubation since
18.11.2005.

Since the last board report, three new committers have been voted in (Alex
Boisvert, Thomas Termin and Gert Vanthienen), which brings the total number
of committers to 30.

The team started the process to release a bug fix version of ServiceMix
(3.1.1).  In the meanwhile, development efforts continue towards a new major
release, with new features, version updates of core libraries (ActiveMQ,
XBean, Geronimo, ...) and improved ease of development for the end users
(Maven Archetypes).  Also, additional quality assurance tools are being
integrated into the project build cycle to improve the existing codebase.

Since there appear to be no more outstanding issues for graduation, the
discussion about this has recently started on the mailing lists.  The
majority of the community agrees that a top-level project would be more
suitable, considering the size of the project and the community supporting
it.

''iPMC Comments:''
  * jukka: +1 to graduation plans

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stdcxx

''iPMC Reviewers: jukka, jim''

Stdcxx status report for the calendar quarter ending in May 2007.

__Project Summary__:

    Stdcxx  is a highly  portable implementation  of the  C++ Standard
    Library conforming to the ISO/IEC 14882 international standard for
    C++.

__In incubation__: since 5/19/2005.

__Issues to resolve before graduation__:

    Increase committer base and diversity.

__Community__:

    The project  has [http://incubator.apache.org/stdcxx/#committers 11
committers] (excluding  mentors).  Not counting
    mentors, the [http://incubator.apache.org/stdcxx/#ppmc stdcxx IPMC]
consists of 9 committers.

__Mailing List Activity__:

  *
[http://people.apache.org/~coar/mlists.html#stdcxx-commits_at_incubator.apac
he.org stdcxx-commits]: 15 subscribers, 1.94 posts/day
  *
[http://people.apache.org/~coar/mlists.html#stdcxx-dev_at_incubator.apache.o
rg stdcxx-dev]: 48 subscribers, 4.87 posts/day
  *
[http://people.apache.org/~coar/mlists.html#stdcxx-dev_at_incubator.apache.o
rg stdcxx-user]: 31 subscribers, 0.35 posts/day

__Bug Tracking__:

  * Total issues: [http://tinyurl.com/2mt8vx 407]
([http://tinyurl.com/2qz2sg added 65 since last report])
  * Open: [http://tinyurl.com/2l2zyg 198]
  * Resolved: [http://tinyurl.com/39odjo 75]
  * Closed: [http://tinyurl.com/3xyrys 115]

__Current Projects__:

    Over the  last three months the  team has been  working on porting
    the project to a number of new operating systems and compilers.  A
    documentation project  focused on  updating and imrpoving the look
    and  feel of  both the
    [http://incubator.apache.org/stdcxx/doc/stdlibref Class Reference]
    and [http://incubator.apache.org/stdcxx/doc/stdlibug User's Guide]
    is currently under way. Site visitation activitiy is being tracked
    with  Google  Analytics.  The  immediate  number  one  goal is  to
    release the next version of the library in the summer of 2007.

__Code__:

    The most recent release of stdcxx, version 4.1.3, was published in
    January  2006.  The next  release,  tentatively  numbered 4.2,  is
    expected to be  published in summer of 2007.  All code is licensed
    under the Apache license version 2.

''iPMC Comments:''
  * jukka: I'm qurious about http://incubator.apache.org/stdcxx/#committers.
Why some people are following CTR and others RTC? Also, the comment
"committers in italics do not have a signed Contributor License Agreement on
file" doesn't make sense. You can't be a committer without a CLA on file.

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Tika

Tika is a toolkit for detecting and extracting metadata and structured text
content from various documents using existing parser libraries.

Incubating since: March 22nd, 2007.

__Community__

We had a good project bootstrap meeting as a part of the text analysis BOF
at the ApacheCon EU in Amsterdam. The resulting ideas were summarized on the
project mailing list, and the first design threads have started.

__Development__

We've started discussing the design of the Tika toolkit. It seems like we
will select one of the existing codebases listed in the project proposal as
the basis of an early 0.1 release, and start refactoring the code into a
more generic toolkit. The Tika svn tree is still empty, but I expect us to
see the first code commits before the next report.

__Infrastructure__

All the initial infrastructure is now in place. There is still some activity
on the temporary Tika wiki on the Google Project hosting service, so we may
end up requesting a Tika wiki to be set up on the ASF infrastructure.

__Issues before graduation__

The Tika project is still at an early stage of incubation. The most
important tasks before graduation are to develop and release the Tika
codebase and to grow a diverse and sustainable project community.

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TSIK

TSIK will be moved to dormant status, after a successful PMC vote to do so.

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Tuscany

Tuscany provides infrastructure for developing service-oriented applications
based on Service Component Architecture (SCA) specification and Service Data
Objects (SDO) specifications. These specifications were submitted to OASIS
in March 2007 by OSOA (www.osoa.org)

Incubating since: 2006-11-30

Top issue? Need to get back on track with agreed project goals, provide a
stable codebase/SPIs, and follow up with regular releases. This should
create an environment that will attract a growing and diverse community of
users and developers. We are working towards this.

Community aspects:

    * Voted in Adriano Crestani, an individual contributor, as a committer
for his contributions to DAS project.
    * Voted in Andy Grove from RogueWave as a committer for his lengthy list
of contributions to the SDO project.
    * Have been receiving many good user questions and have received good
feedback on quality of responses that were provided.
    * Enhanced Tuscany website to improve information sharing. We are
working on user and architecture guides for contributors or users of
Tuscany.
    * Integration with Apache projects
          o Working with Apache Directory to provide DAS LDAP.
          o Integrated with BSF and Axis2.
    * Fractal is working on integration with Tuscany SCA Java
    * 3 of the commmitters (Jeremy Boynes, Jim Marino and Meeraj)chose to
start a new open source project called Fabric3 in March 2007.

Code:

    * Released M3 incubator release of Native SCA and SDO C++ in early May.
    * Formed Community Test Suite for SDO which has been receiving many
contributions, over 300 tests.
    * In the process of releasing Java SDO Beta1 incubator release. It has
community approval and is going through IPMC approval.
    * In the process of releasing SCA Java. This release is focused on
improved usability, stability (stable SPIs) and modularity. Stable and
simple SPIs and modularity enhance extensibility of SCA for integration with
other open source projects.

Note: OSOA is a collaboration group where the first version of SCA and SDO
spec were developed, see: http://www.osoa.org


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Woden

Woden is a Java class library for reading, validating, manipulating,
creating and writing WSDL documents, initially to support WSDL 2.0 and with
the longer term aim of supporting past, present and future versions of WSDL.

Incubating since: 2005

In April, we released Milestone 7a to support the Axis2 1.2 release. This
was a minor update to M7 released in February.

The M8 release is now under development. This will add full support for
WSDL2 assertions (the non-schema validation rules) and will improve Woden's
WSDL extensions API.  M8 will likely be ready around late June / early July,
around the time the spec could be moving to a full W3C Recommendation. With
M8, the project should achieve it's first primary goal which was to support
the W3C WSDL2 working group's efforts by providing a compliant
implementation of the spec.

Post-M8 goals are to exit incubation and to review and stabilize the API so
that we can ship a 1.0 release. Other functional requirements include WSDL
serialization and support for WSDL 1.1.

The team has been addressing the following issues regarding exiting
incubation:
 * building our public key presence on the Apache web of trust
 * adding developer documentation to the web site (to do)
 * attempting to grow the developer community (3 potential contributors
unrelated to existing committers. 2 have submitted code already. The 3rd was
a Google Summer of Code prospect whose GSoC proposal (Woden serialization)
was rejected, but he's still keen to contribute this function.)

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WSRP4J

The WSRP4J Project is an implementation of WSRP 1.0 Producer. WSRP is an
OASIS specification that describes a protocol which allows portlets to be
accessed remotely using Web Services.

Incubating since: 2003

The project is very silent, there are nearly no user questions and nearly
zero developer activity. Although there seems to be a medium to high
interest in wsrp over the past years, no community could be built around
wsrp4j. There is still an open patent issue. The portals PMC is aware of
these problems and will address them asap.

''iPMC Comments:''
  * jukka: Good that someone is looking into this.

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XAP

XAP is an XML-based Ajax application framework that supports application
development via declaritive XML pages backed by Javascript event handlers.

Incubating since: Summer 2006

Code/Release Status:
 *The first release was performed shortly after the last board report.

Recent Actvity:
 *Dojo widget libray upgraded to 0.4
 *Changed the way certain layout managers function to work better together
and cover more cases.
 *Various window behavior improvements and bug fixes, better styling of
titlebar, icons, etc.
 *Better support for imbedding HTML in XML and vice-versa.
 *Various misc. widget improvments - more control over table styling,
support for low-level mouse events (mouse move, mouse over, etc), cursor
support, background image support, etc.

To Resolve Before Graduation:
 *More diverse community.
 *More community discussion on various development issues.
 *More complex use cases / sample applications

Community Issues:
 *Recently voted to add 2 new committers. (Vote results not yet tallied)

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Yoko

Yoko is active and failed to provide a report on time.




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