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From "Brett Porter" <brett.por...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [VOTE] RAT to enter incubator
Date Tue, 30 Oct 2007 22:15:35 GMT
+1

On 31/10/2007, Luciano Resende <luckbr1975@gmail.com> wrote:
> +1 (non-binding)
>
> On 10/30/07, Niklas Gustavsson <niklas@protocol7.com> wrote:
> > +1 (non-binding)
> >
> > /niklas
> >
> > Robert Burrell Donkin wrote:
> > > i'd like to propose that the IPMC sponsors the entry of RAT into the incubator
> > >
> > > - robert
> > >
> > > --8<---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> > > [ ] +1 Allow RAT to enter incubator, sponsored by IPMC
> > > [ ] +0
> > > [ ] -0
> > > [ ] -1 Do no allow RAT to enter incubator
> > > ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> > >
> > > Rat Proposal
> > > ==========
> > > Abstract
> > > ------------
> > > RAT is comprehension and auditing for distributions and source code.
> > >
> > > Proposal
> > > --------------
> > > RAT will provide a focus for components, applications and integration
> > > tools for the comprehension and audit of distributions and source
> > > code. It will collect data and meta-data as required. It will create
> > > suitable schemas for this data and meta-data as required.
> > >
> > > Background
> > > ------------------
> > > RAT began as an attempt to automate the technical part of reviewing
> > > releases in the incubator. Following requests for access from release
> > > managers, RAT was developed as an open source project under the Apache
> > > License 2.0.
> > >
> > > Rationale
> > > ---------------
> > > Reviewing releases for compliance with Apache technical criteria and
> > > policies is time consuming. The Incubator requires that all releases
> > > are reviewed. Though small mistakes are common, this process typically
> > > adds only a little value. It is common for candidates to be presented
> > > with small but significant defects which then must be fixed and the
> > > candidate represented. Significant energy and good will is wasted by
> > > this process.
> > >
> > > This is unnecessary. Given effort, these technical criteria are
> > > capable of automation.
> > >
> > > Automated continuous checking of the source would allow the Incubator
> > > PMC to be alerted promptly to potential issues. Integration with build
> > > tools (such as Apache Ant and Apache Maven) would allow releases to be
> > > checked automatically and continuously.
> > >
> > > Initial Goals
> > > ------------------
> > >     * Read standard license meta-data for documents without license headers
> > >     * Improved RAT reporting
> > >     * RAT source reporting for major build tools
> > >     * Continuous RAT
> > >     * RAT analytics: using meta-data to verify rules
> > >           o Apache third party documents policy analysis
> > >           o license compatibility analysis
> > >     * Discordia integration to allow distributed binaries to be recognised
> > >     * RAT analytic integration for major build tools
> > >     * Improved recursive RAT scripts for better analysis of release
> > > with many distributables
> > >
> > > Current Status
> > > ===========
> > > Meritocracy
> > > ------------------
> > > I'm very happy to move from a solo development model towards a
> > > collective one as more active developers are recruited.
> > >
> > > Community
> > > ------------------
> > > The RAT community needs to be developed. Having RAT here at Apache
> > > will hopefully encourage release managers to take a more active role
> > > in developing RAT.
> > >
> > > Core Developers
> > > --------------------------
> > > It has been developed principally by myself but with significant
> > > contributions of small amounts of code from other Apache members and
> > > committers.
> > >
> > > Alignment
> > > ----------------
> > > RAT has found itself becoming a standard part of the Apache release
> > > infrastructure. The Incubator needs fully featured release tools. It
> > > makes sense to bring the project here.
> > >
> > > Known Risks
> > > ==========
> > > Orphaned Projects
> > > -----------------------------
> > > This is a project with a set of definite goals aimed at serving the
> > > wider Apache community. There may well come a time when the coding is
> > > actually finished. It has a small set of developers who all have many
> > > other calls on their time. The target user audience is relatively
> > > small. So, this risk is real.
> > >
> > > I think that it's clear that something similar to RAT is required. So,
> > > unless another better product is developed, time will be found to push
> > > RAT forward. Even if one day, RAT is orphaned then it will have done
> > > it's job.
> > >
> > > Inexperience With Open Source
> > > -------------------------------------------------
> > > The contributors are Apache members or experienced Apache committers.
> > >
> > > Reliance On Salaried Developers
> > > ----------------------------------------------------
> > > I know of no one who's paid to work on RAT.
> > >
> > > Relationships with Other Apache Products
> > > ------------------------------------------------------------------
> > > RAT contains an Ant reporting plugin. Codehaus hosts a Maven reporting
> > > plugin. Analytic plugins for Ant and Maven will be developed. There
> > > are overlaps with Tika and there has been some talk of collaboration.
> > > The discordia lab will likely be used for license and artifact
> > > meta-data. RAT may integrate with Gump for continuous code scanning.
> > >
> > > Initial Source
> > > --------------------
> > >     * [WWW] http://code.google.com/p/arat/source
> > >     * [WWW] http://mojo.codehaus.org/rat-maven-plugin
> > >
> > > External Dependencies
> > > ------------------------------------
> > > Compliant with current Apache policy.
> > >
> > > Cryptography
> > > ---------------------
> > > Required to check signatures.
> > >
> > > Required Resources
> > > --------------------------------
> > > Mailing lists:
> > >     * rat-private
> > >     * rat-dev
> > >     * rat-commits
> > > Subversion Directory: [WWW] https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/rat
> > > Issue Tracking: JIRA (RAT)
> > > Other Resources: Continuous integration may eventually required hardware
> > >
> > > Initial Committers
> > > ---------------------------
> > >     * Stefan Bodewig <bodewig AT apache.org>
> > >     * Robert Burrell Donkin <rdonkin AT apache.org>
> > >     * Nodet Guillaume <gnodet AT apache.org>
> > >     * Garrett Rooney <rooneg AT apache.org>
> > >     * Matthieu Riou <mriou AT apache.org>
> > >     * Jochen Wiedmann <jochen AT apache.org>
> > >     * Henri Yandell <bayard AT apache.org>
> > >     * Karl Pauls <pauls AT apache.org>
> > >
> > > Sponsors
> > > =======
> > > Champion
> > > ----------------
> > > Robert Burrell Donkin
> > >
> > > Mentors
> > > ------------
> > >     * Yoav Shapira <yoavs AT guess ;)>
> > >     * Ross Gardler <rgardler AT apache.org>
> > >     * Matt Hogstrom <hogstrom AT apache.org>
> > >     * Jim Jagielski <jim AT apache.org>
> > >
> > > The final destination is still uncertain. If RAT accumulates code then
> > > it is possible that a top level project would be appropriate. If RAT
> > > pushes code out to other projects then it might make more sense as a
> > > subproject of Maven or Gump. If RAT is finished before it creates a
> > > viable community then it may make sense as an Incubator subproject.
> > >
> > > So I would like to ask the Incubator PMC to sponsor RAT.
> >
> >
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> >
>
>
> --
> Luciano Resende
> Apache Tuscany Committer
> http://people.apache.org/~lresende
> http://lresende.blogspot.com/
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Brett Porter
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