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From "Noel J. Bergman" <n...@devtech.com>
Subject November 2007 Incubator Board Report - revised with NMaven
Date Mon, 12 Nov 2007 18:43:16 GMT
Composer (a component container project), RAT (project analysis for
conformance with licensing and similar requirements) and buildr (a build
tool) have entered Incubation.  STDCXX is proposed for Graduation.

Tuscany did not graduate due to concerns over community diversity.  There
has been continued discussion on general@i.a.o about the need for diversity.
Tuscany is actively focused on building diversity now, with plans to
re-apply for graduation.

A number of projects are failing to build any community (and to report).  An
e-mail has been sent to general@i.a.o to discuss their future.  NMaven
reported late.  Wendy Smoak has volunteered to help Mentor the project.

Perhaps the biggest issue for the Incubator PMC is the long-standing issue
of redundant and not infrequently inaccurate project meta-data.  There are
plans to discuss the issue at ApacheCon, but as is often the case, support
tools receive little interest and effort from the community, whether for the
Incubator, Infrastructure, the Board or the Foundation as a whole.

========================

Abdera

Abdera is an implementation of the Atom feed format and publishing protocol.

 * Release 0.3.0-incubating was released with many new features and fixes.
 * Dan Diephouse joined the project as a committer and has been working on
significant improvements to the Abdera server code
 * Documentation for the project has been greatly improved.
 * There are ongoing performance improvements
 * The project is working towards graduation, with the primary remaining
goal being diversity of committers.

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=== Buildr ===

Description - Buildr is a build system for Java applications written in
Ruby.

Date of Entry - Nov. 2007

Buildr is a brand new project (see the proposal at [1]), it's just been
accepted in the Incubator this month. Most of the project infrastructure has
been setup: status page, svn, jira, mailing lists. The code grant has been
submitted (and ack'ed), the buildr community has been notified of the
migration and the code import will probably be done during ApacheCon in
Atlanta.

[1] http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/BuildrProposal

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JSPWiki

JSPWiki infrastructure has been moved over to Apache: the issue trackers and
the mailing lists are now fully operational.  We've also started the process
of getting ICLAs and Software Grants from all the previous contributors who
still hold copyright over the code.

All committers identified in the original proposal plus the mentors have
commit access and are on the private mailing list.

The dev alias has attracted a couple dozen outside members.

The final LGPL-licensed JSPWiki release is almost ready, after which we will
start moving code into the Apache SVN.  This is to minimize having to
maintain two separate branches, one LGPL and one Apache -licensed.

The questions on how jspwiki.org domain and the jspwiki.org websites should
be transferred to Apache have not yet been discussed.

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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

Significant contributions have been made towards finishing the MySQL port
that was begun earlier this year.  A Fast Feather presentation on Lokahi has
been scheduled for Apachecon in Atlanta.


Obstacles to graduation:
   * community - now includes authors outside of the original dev community,
but additional committers are sought. Recent distractions, and the
temperature of discussions taking place across projects on general@i.a.o
reinforced the fact that a larger committer base is needed to graduate.
   * licensing - oracle-only backend is now 95% 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.
 * Closer interaction with the Maven team.

Status:
 * Movement toward a release. Updating all the license files, changing the
artifact names to include "incubating", etc. This is the highest priority
for the project.
 * There had been some concern among committers that the code was changing
too rapidly making it difficult to attract new committers/patches. We've
slowed the pace of new features and have focused on bug fixes.
 * Mailing list activity has been slow recently, but steady increase of
mailing list subscribers over this period (from 27 to 35).

Plans:
 * Preparing for a release
 * Bringing NMaven in closer line with Maven architecture and behavior.

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Sanselan

The Sanselan Project is a pure-java image library for reading and writing a
variety of image formats.

The autoexport from confluence to our site has been set up (see
http://incubator.apache.org/sanselan/) so documenation can be added soon.

We are looking for images (with no copyright restrictions) that can be used
for unit testing. Existing (private) unit tests rely on copyrighted images
that cannot be used.

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Sling

Sling is a framework to develop content centric web applications based on
the idea of modularizing the rendering of HTTP resources.

Sling entered incubation on September 5th, 2007.

Community

   * We had a very active month with adding microsling and based on this
project developping and voting the new Sling API replacing the form
Component API. Currently we are migrating the project sources to the new
API.
   * Sling present at ApacheCon US 07 with a FeatherTalk and a BOF

Software

   * microsling added to Sling as simple entry level framework exhibiting
the mechanisms of Sling. microsling was also used as a proof of concept for
the new Sling API and greatly influenced its evolution.
   * Two contributions of the community added to microsling and Sling:
Freemarker support by Padraic Hannon and Ruby integration by Shawn Anderson.

Issues before graduation

   * Make an incubating Sling release
   * Grow a more diverse community (so far only commits from Day employees)

Licensing and other issues

   * none

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== stdcxx ==

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

__Project Summary__:

    Stdcxx is a 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__:

    None.

__Community__:

    The project has 13 committers (excluding  mentors). Not counting
mentors, the stdcxx PPMC consists of 9 committers.

__Mailing List Activity__:

  *
[http://people.apache.org/~coar/mlists.html#stdcxx-commits_at_incubator.apac
he.org stdcxx-commits]: 15 (+1) subscribers, 2.56 (+0.40) posts/day
  *
[http://people.apache.org/~coar/mlists.html#stdcxx-commits_at_incubator.apac
he.org stdcxx-dev]:     55 (+4) subscribers, 7.18 (+1.30) posts/day
  *
[http://people.apache.org/~coar/mlists.html#stdcxx-commits_at_incubator.apac
he.org stdcxx-user]:    39 (+2) subscribers, 0.29 (-0.02) posts/day

__Bug Tracking__:

  * Total issues: [http://tinyurl.com/2ug8b6 645] (+109)
  * Outstanding:  [http://tinyurl.com/2vjnuw 272] (+8)
  * Resolved:     [http://tinyurl.com/2tz897 81] (+21)
  * Closed:       [http://tinyurl.com/3ydo3t 292] (+80)

__Current Projects__:

    Since the last report three months ago the team has accomplished three
major milestones. In September we added two new committers, Eric Bradley
Lemings and Mark Brown. On October 16 we received the
[http://www.nabble.com/-VOTE-RESULT--graduate-stdcxx-to-TLP-p13246183.html
approval] of the Incubator PMC to recommend to the Board to graduate stdcxx
to a Top Level Project. The recommendation has been forwarded to the Board
for consideration at the November meeting. Finally, on October 29 the
Incubator PMC
[http://www.nabble.com/-VOTE-RESULT--approve-stdcxx-4.2.0-release-p13469149.
html approved] our request to release stdcxx 4.2.0.

__Code__:

    The most recent release of stdcxx, version 4.2.0, was published in
October 2007. The schedule of the 4.2.1 maintenance upgrade is currently
being discussed. The expected timeframe is December 2007 to February 2008.
All code is licensed  under the Apache license version 2.

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=== Tuscany ===

Tuscany simplifies the development, deployment and management of distributed
applications built as compositions of service components. These components
may be implemented with a range of technologies and connected using a
variety of communication protocols. Tuscany implements relevant open
standards including, but not limited to, the SCA and SDO standards defined
by the OASIS OpenCSA member section.

Incubating since: 2005-11-30

Top issues?

    * Is Tuscany diverse enough ?

Community aspects:

    * A proposal was put forward to graduate as a TLP but the IPMC raised
concerns about the level of diversity so the proposal was withdrawn while
these are addressed
          o It should be noted that Tuscany does currently more than meet
the Incubator minimum diversity requirements for graduation
    * Dims stepped down as a mentor, Paul Fremantle and Matthieu Riou took
his place
    * Voted Brady Johnson, Simon Nash, Amita Vadhavkar, Mark Combellack as
new committers
    * Good community involvement - users are answering mailing list
questions, providing patches, and being voted in as committers
          o Over seven hundred posts on the tuscany-user list in the last
three months, up over 300% since a year ago

Releases since last report:

    * Significant milestones were achieved with the 1.0 releases of Java SCA
and SDO which implement the v1.0 of the SCA specifications and v2.1 of the
SDO specification respectively
    * An 0.99 release of Java SCA was also done prior to the 1.0 release
    * Java DAS beta1 and beta2 released

Ongoing work:

    * A Java SCA 1.0.1 maintenance release is currently being voted on
    * A Native SCA, SDO and DAS release is in progress
    * The Java SCA 1.1 release contents are being discussed
    * Links with other Apache projects continue to be forged and lots of
exciting new features are being worked on!


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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.

Development towards Woden milestone M8 has progressed slowly over the past
few months. There are a still a few high priority items that must be
completed for M8.

In the past few months Woden has received significant contributions from Dan
Harvey (an IBM summer intern) in the form of many bug fixes and enhancements
including refactoring the Woden build, Sagara Gunathunga who is working on
serialization of Woden models, and most recently Tomi Vanek, who has
contributed his WSDL viewer to Woden (currently attached to a Jira awaiting
review).

Woden has also made excellent progress towards completing the items
necessary for graduation and a vote will likely be called shortly.

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WSRP4J

No report.  Part of the "Projects in Trouble" e-mail to discuss future
status.

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XAP

No report.  Part of the "Projects in Trouble" e-mail to discuss future
status.

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Yoko

The Yoko community has decided that it's probably best to split the project
in two and submit them to be housed as sub-projects of CeltixFire and
Geronimo.  The WS bindings, and the requisite support tools, of Yoko would
move on to CeltixFire with everything else, e.g. ORB and RMI, moving on to
Geronimo.  A committer roll call was performed and a list of developers
still interested with either/both of the two bodies of code.  Proposals will
be submitted to both the CeltixFire and Geronimo PMCs this month.



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