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From "Noel J. Bergman" <n...@devtech.com>
Subject Incubator Project Report June 2007
Date Tue, 19 Jun 2007 00:54:15 GMT
Apache Incubator Project Monthly Report

The PMC recommends that Wicket is ready to graduate as a top level
project.

Progress has been made on clarifying policy and on improving the guidance
documentation. The main focus has been on the graduation guide.  It has been
good to see the involvement of committers on projects under incubation in
this process. Martijn Dashorst in particular has made important
contributions which was recognized by the PMC though the grant of site
karma.

The major area of process controversy since the last report has been in the
area of election of committers. Clarification of policy in this area is
still ongoing.

The area of ensuring quality reports is still an area of concern and is
awaiting resolution.

In the past, activity levels of mentors has been an area of concern. Day to
day oversight for incubating projects is delegated to mentors so it is
important that mentors are active. The PMC has appointed additional mentors
for NMaven and ODE. Debates about the appropriate process for this should
hopefully lead to a clearer and more efficient process in future. The
question of how the PMC can know when a mentor becomes inactive is still
unresolved.

William A. Rowe, Jr. asked a number of questions at the ApacheConEU2007 BOF
and raised them again on the general list.  More work will be required to
address them.

A solution has been found to the Heraldry problem. Details in the report
below, but the gist is that we've retired the project at the behest of the
community.

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ODE

Apache ODE is an implementation of the BPEL4WS and WS-BPEL
specifications for web services orchestration. ODE entered incubation in
March 2006.

Beside regular development, the principal improvement in ODE for these 3
past months is our first incubator release. We've been able to come up
with a valid release after several release candidates reviewed by the
ODE committers and got voted by the IPMC. We've also received a very
nice contribution from Kelly Thompson for our website with good looking
graphics.

A steady stream of patches is also coming in (see [1], [2] and [3] for
example) and we have a few leads to bring in more committers (Tammo Van
Lessen and Jim Alateras) after a couple more patch contributions.

We've raised some concerns about the absence of a real PPMC for ODE to
the IPMC, result of the lack of activity of some of our mentors. We'd
been handling all decisions as a community with all active committers
before but our PPMC didn't reflect it. As a result, Niclas Hedhman has
volunteered to become a mentor for ODE, Dims and Paul being both active
mentors and the PPMC is elected now.  Many new PPMC members have now been
voted in, and we're ready to move on.

As a community, once the PPMC issue settles down, we believe we're ready
for graduation.

[1] [WWW] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/ODE-142
[2] [WWW] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/ODE-139
[3] [WWW] https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/ODE-140

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Wicket

Web development framework focusing on pure OO coding, making the
creation of new components very easy. Wicket entered the incubator in
October 2006.

Top two items to resolve
 * Graduate
 * Release Apache Wicket 1.3.0 final

Community aspects:
 * Community is very active and participating on wicket-dev@
 * Community building effort on wicket-user
 * Voted Martijn Dashorst to become Chair after graduation
 * Voted Jean-Baptiste Quenot to become PPMC member
 * Community had a positive graduation vote
 * Had a blast at ApacheCon, integrated, mingled and socialized with the
Apache community

Code aspects:
 * Released Wicket 1.3.0-beta1-incubating
 * Started process for finalizing 1.3.0: feature freeze, plans for release
candidates
 * Development on Wicket 2.0 has been discontinued after a community vote.
   The benefits of this version did not outweigh the burden of maintaining
   2 code bases, and the API breakage would create a rift in the community.
 * Adopted wicket-velocity integration sub project into Wicket.
 * Ate Douma has started major new work to support Wicket-based Portlets,
and is soliciting collaborators.

Licensing:
 * Licensing issues have been resolved
 * Acquired ICLA for component/code contributions for James McLaughlin.
 * Wicket Velocity has been checked out and found to be issue free (license
wise)

Infrastructure:
 * Caught a couple of spammers on the confluence Wiki
 * gmail keeps being a pest for moderation of Wicket's lists

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River

River is aimed at the development and advancement of the Jini technology
core infrastructure. River entered incubation on Dec 26, 2006, but has
really only *just* gotten going.

The River community is starting some real work. The initial code
submission for the Jini Technology Starter Kit (JTSK) and the ServiceUI
API have been filed at the ASF secretary, voted in and landed in SVN,
the committers account are in place and the PPMC is set up. No more
excuses, now it's time for coding & community!

The discussion is now moving to technical issues and code evolution,
which is a very good sign. There has been a discussion about package
naming, as the code in SVN is under a non org.apache.* namespace: given
the sheer amount of issues with backward compatibility and supporting
existing users, there has been a general consensus on getting our feet
wet with the current code base, integrate a few patches that have been
held off while the code was to be migrated to the ASF infrastructure,
and devise a roadmap ( possibly with assistance from general/pmc@IAO)
for migration to the ASF namespace: this is high priority and
the community realizes how it might be important to have a decision as
soon as possible, even more if River is to publish incubating releases.

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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.
Tika entered incubation on March 22nd, 2007.

Community

The Tika mailing lists have been relatively quiet lately, probably
because with little code we don't yet have many concrete issues to talk
about.

Development

We saw the first piece of Tika code when Chris A. Mattmann ported the
Nutch metadata framework to Tika. Rida Benjelloun has created a version
of the Lius codebase to be included in Tika, and the code is currently
in the issue tracker.

Issues before graduation

The Tika project is still at an early stage of incubation. We need to
continue bringing in the initial codebases and probably target for an
initial incubating release later this year. We also need to work on
growing the community and figuring out how to best interact with
external parser projects.

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RCF

RCF is a rich component set for JSF. The SVN, mailing lists are set up.
JIRA needs to be set up. Also three committers, that are part of the RCF
team don't have an Apache account yet. We are waiting for an import of a
current code drop into the repository.

Incubating since: May 2007

iPMC questions / comments:
 * rdonkin - no code drop as yet
 * mvdb - code drop is being worked on, but takes time.


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Yoko

iPMC Reviewers: jukka, rdonkin, mvdb

The Yoko project is a robust and high performance CORBA server which is
usable from inside any JVM.

Incubating since: 2006-01-31

Since our last report, the majority of the development work in Yoko has
focused on:
 * Adding new type support to the binding runtime.
 * Improving performance of the runtime binding in terms of marshaling
and unmarshaling data.
 * Adding new type support to the IDLToWSDL and WSDLToIDL tools.
 * Fixing minor issues in the ORB core code.
 * Started development of an IDL preprocessor for the tools module.
 * Prepared and completed a Milestone 2 release

Yoko has also become a key component of the soon to ship Geronimo 2.0
release, which has just passed certification tests.

Future plans:

We are currently working to stabilize and finalize type support in the
binding runtime and tools in preparation for a release which would like
to put out shortly.

We are also planning to improving the documentation for Yoko, with the
goal of provide more in depth information to users of the Yoko project
and to assist any future committers in understanding the existing code
and functionality.

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Heraldry

The Heraldry podling has been terminated by consensus of the remaining
committers and by vote by the Incubator PMC. Essentially, the community
was never able to reboot after the earlier breakdown. The committers are
currently discussing what code will be forked to RubyForge, Google Code
or other repositories. All in all, the decision to terminate was not
controversial and came from the committers themselves. The mentors and
PMC will finalize the closure of the project resources within the next
month.

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TripleSoup

TripleSoup is the simplest thing that you can do to turn your apache web
server into a SPARQL endpoint.

Nothing to report that requires IPMC or board attention at this time.

There has been very little progress on TripleSoup since the last report.
All immediately relevant process/infrastructure/legal stuff has been
taken care of, and now we have to dive into the technical core, which
hasn't happened yet.



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