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From "Eddie O'Neil" <ekon...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] Shindig, an OpenSocial Container
Date Sun, 11 Nov 2007 22:44:58 GMT
  +1 -- cool project and great name!



On Nov 11, 2007 12:57 PM, Brett Porter <brett.porter@gmail.com> wrote:
> +1
>
>
> On 09/11/2007, Brian McCallister <brianm@apache.org> wrote:
> > Shindig Proposal
> > --
> >
> > = Abstract =
> >
> > Shindig will develop the container and backend server components
> > for hosting OpenSocial applications.
> >
> > = Proposal =
> >
> > Shindig will develop a JavaScript container and implementations of
> > the backend APIs and proxy required for hosting OpenSocial applications.
> >
> >
> > = Background =
> >
> > OpenSocial provides a common set of APIs for social applications
> > across multiple websites. With standard JavaScript and HTML,
> > developers can create social applications that use a social network's
> > friends and update feeds.
> >
> > A social application, in this context, is an application run by a
> > third party provider and embedded in a web page, or web application,
> > which consumes services provided by the container and by the
> > application host. This is very similar to Portal/Portlet technology,
> > but is based on client-side compositing, rather than server.
> >
> > More information can be found about OpenSocial at
> > http://code.google.com/apis/opensocial/
> >
> > == Rationale ==
> >
> > Shindig is an implementation of an emerging set of APIs for client-side
> > composited web applications. The Apache Software Foundation has
> > proven to have developed a strong system and set of mores for
> > building community-centric, open standards based systems with a
> > wide variety of participants.
> >
> > A robust, community-developed implementation of these APIs will
> > encourage compatibility between service providers, ensure an excellent
> > implementation is available to everyone, and enable faster and
> > easier application development for users.
> >
> > The Apache Software Foundation has proven it is the best place for
> > this type of open development.
> >
> >
> > = Current Status =
> >
> > This is a new project.
> >
> > = Meritocracy =
> >
> > The initial developers are very familiar with meritocratic open
> > source development, both at Apache and elsewhere. Apache was chosen
> > specifically because the initial developers want to encourage this
> > style of development for the project.
> >
> > === Community ===
> >
> > Shindig seeks to develop developer and user communities during
> > incubation.
> >
> >
> > = Core Developers =
> >
> > The initial core developers are all Ning employees. We hope to
> > expand this very quickly.
> >
> > = Alignment =
> >
> > The developers of Shindig want to work with the Apache Software
> > Foundation specifically because Apache has proven to provide a
> > strong foundation and set of practices for developing standards-based
> > infrastructure and server components.
> >
> > = Known Risks =
> >
> > == Orphaned products ==
> >
> > Shindig is new development of an emerging set of APIs.
> >
> > == Inexperience with Open Source ==
> >
> > The initial developers include long-time open source developers,
> > including Apache Members.
> >
> > == Homogenous Developers ==
> >
> > The initial group of developers is quite homogenous. Remedying this
> > is a large part of why we want to bring the project to Apache.
> >
> > == Reliance on Salaried Developers ==
> >
> > The initial group of developers are employed by a potential consumer
> > of the project. Remedying this is a large part of why we want to
> > bring the project to Apache.
> >
> > == Relationships with Other Apache Products ==
> >
> > None in particular, except that Apache HTTPD is the best place to
> > run PHP, which the server-side components Ning intends to donate
> > have been implemented in.
> >
> > ==  A Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand ==
> >
> > We believe in the processes, systems, and framework Apache has put
> > in place. The brand is nice, but is not why we wish to come to
> > Apache.
> >
> > = Documentation =
> >
> > Google's OpenSocial Documentation:
> >      http://code.google.com/apis/opensocial/
> >
> > Ning's OpenSocial Documentation:
> >      http://tinyurl.com/3y5ckx
> >
> > = Initial Source =
> >
> > Ning, Inc. intends to donate code based on their implementation of
> > OpenSocial. The backend systems will be replaced with more generic
> > equivalents in order to not bind the implementation to specifics
> > of the Ning platform.
> >
> > This code will be extracted from Ning's internal development, and
> > has not been expanded on past the extraction. It will be provided
> > primarily as a starting place for a much more robust, community-
> > developed
> > implementation.
> >
> > = External Dependencies =
> >
> > The initial codebase relies on a library created by Google, Inc.,
> > and licensed under the Apache Software License, Version 2.0.
> >
> > = Required Resources =
> >
> > Developer and user mailing lists
> >
> > A subversion repository
> >
> > A JIRA issue tracker
> >
> > = Initial Committers =
> >
> >      Thomas Baker        <bakert@ninginc.com>
> >      Tim Williamson      <tim@ninginc.com>
> >      Brian McCallister   <brianm@apache.org>
> >      Thomas Dudziak      <tomdz@apache.org>
> >      Martin Traverso     <martin@ning.com>
> >
> > = Sponsors =
> >
> > == Champion ==
> >
> >      Brian McCallister   <brianm@apache.org>
> >
> > == Nominated Mentors ==
> >
> >      Brian McCallister   <brianm@apache.org>
> >      Thomas Dudziak      <tomdz@apache.org>
> >      Santiago Gala       <sgala@apache.org>
> >      Upayavira           <upayavira@apache.org>
> >
> > == Sponsoring Entity ==
> >
> > The Apache Incubator.
> >
> >
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>
>
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> Brett Porter
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>
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