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From "Robert Burrell Donkin" <robertburrelldon...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Incubator Proposal: Pig
Date Thu, 20 Sep 2007 17:06:51 GMT
On 9/20/07, Leo Simons <mail@leosimons.com> wrote:
> On Sep 18, 2007, at 9:52 PM, Olga Natkovich wrote:
> > Yahoo! research and development teams have developed a proposal
> > below. The
> > proposal is also available on wiki at
> > <http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/PigProposal>
> > http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/PigProposal.
> > We would like to ask that the ASF consider forming a podling
> > according to
> > the proposal.
> > ...
> > Pig is a platform for analyzing large data sets.
>
> +1, looks cool!
>
> ...seems like your biggest challenge here is attracting a diverse
> developer community, and hopefully the apache incubation process will
> help you there...

+1

it's very important to focus on encouraging new developers in the
neonate period of a project

the energy required to let people know about a new project is often
underestimated. the open source space is now much bigger and more
diffuse than years ago. so it's not as easy for interesting projects
and interested people to find each other any more. stuff like blogging
(www.planetapache.org aggregates many blogs written by apache
committers) and podcasting (www.feathercast.org is an apache podcast)
are useful but tend to reach only people who are already interested in
apache. articles, grassroots meeting and conference talks are also
important.

one of the black arts is trying to ensure that the right level of
exposure is acheived. too much too early before the development
infrastructure is ready leads to disappointment but too little too
late when the project is too finished means that there is less chance
for meaningful contributions to be made.

- robert

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