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From David S <dsheppar...@yahoo.com>
Subject RE: Jt Pattern Oriented Framework (looking for champion/mentors)
Date Tue, 22 Jul 2008 00:23:24 GMT

Hi folks,

We've put together a draft proposal for the Jt pattern Oriented Framework. I hope it
answers some of the questions regarding project status, community, licensing, etc.


Regards,

Ed



Jt Pattern Oriented Framework 



Introduction

This proposal describes a Pattern Oriented Framework for the rapid implementation
of Java applications. This integrated framework is based on a messaging architecture
which provides strong encapsulation and loose coupling; framework components can be 
interchangeably plugged into complex framework applications using a “Lego" approach. 
This framework provides capabilities for the implementation of applications 
based on design patterns. The framework itself is conceived, from the ground up, 
based on design patterns. Jt is probably one of the first Pattern Oriented Frameworks
(open source).


Goals


The framework addresses the following goals:


A) The pattern oriented framework implements and/or facilitates the implementation of 
well-known design patterns like Gang Of Four design patterns (GoF) and J2EE Design patterns.
The framework itself  is conceived and implemented based on design patterns (from the ground
up). The framework also facilitates and accelerates the implementation of applications based
on design patterns.

B) The framework architecture is based on a messaging design pattern: framework objects 
are able to interchange information and perform computations by sending, receiving and 
processing messages. A messaging API provides strong encapsulation and loose coupling;
framework components can be interchangeably plugged into complex framework applications using
a “lego/messaging” architecture. The framework takes full advantage of the power and simplicity
of the messaging design pattern/API.

C) The framework lego/messaging architecture provides transparent access to remote components:
remote framework objects are treated as local objects. Design patterns implemented by the
framework (adapters, remote proxies and facades) make this possible by hiding the complexities
associated with remote APIs. 

D) The framework provides transparent integration with other technologies via framework 
adapters, proxies and the implementation of related design patterns. These technologies include
BPM,  Data Access Object implementations (DAO), Model View Controller implementations (MVC),
EJBs, AJAX, JMS, XML and Web Services.  

E) The framework is designed to be lightweight and fast (low overhead/small footprint).

F) The framework messaging/lego architecture should improve and simplify design/development
efforts. There should be a tight correspondence between UML design diagrams and the framework
messaging based  applications and components needed for the implementation. The framework
should provide wizards and automated capabilities for generating framework applications. Framework
components should be easily added to BPM process diagrams. In future versions of the framework,
it should 
be possible for application modules to be generated directly from the UML design diagrams.
This goal is still work in progress. There is an early version of the Jt Wizard.  

G) The framework  messaging architecture facilitates testing and debugging efforts. 
It provides capabilities for testing components as independent units by 
sending messages to the component and verifying the expected reply messages..
 
H) In order to provide additional productivity, the framework has been integrated 
with open source IDEs.

Criteria

Current Status

The current release of the framework (2.6) meets most of the goals outlined above.
Item F is still work in progress. The software base is very stable (production quality). 
Several production applications have been built based on the Jt framework. 
Documentation, reference framework applications and examples are available.


Meritocracy

Meritocracy will be fostered and encouraged within the project. We will follow the guidelines
of the Apache Software Foundation. Community contributions and feedback are always welcome.We
also plan to actively encourage individuals to get involved in the project and be
recognized based on Merit.


Community

One of the next objectives is to continue growing an active community of users and contributors.
It is expected that community will continue to grow. So far the main focus has been the completion
of the core framework functionality. We see Jt becoming an ASF incubator project as a next
step in its evolution. We plan to open the project to a wider audience in order to achieve
a larger and more diverse community.



Alignment

Jt is aligned well with existing Apache projects and technologies. The framework
has been integrated with several Apache technologies including Struts (MVC design pattern)
and Axis (Web Services Adapter). The Jt automated Wizard capabilities has also been built
based on Apache products.



Known Risks

Orphaned products: The projects has been growing as an open source project for several years.The
team is committed to continue this work therefore the risk is fairly small. 
A preliminary Java Specification Request (JSR) is being worked on. 


Inexperience with open source: Some of the current contributors have experience working with
open sourceprojects and communities. The team expects to gain additional experience via the
ASF incubator community.

Homogenous developers: The people involved with the project work for several organizations
who are geographically distributed across the world.

Reliance on salaried developers: This project does not rely on salaried contributors. They
work on a volunteer basis. 

No ties to other Apache products: As described in the alignment section, this framework has
been integrated with many Apache products. The project expects to adopt the Apache License
2.0


An excessive  fascination with the Apache brand: This project started outside the Apache
Software Foundation.  It has been evolving for several years. Hopefully other Apache projects
and initiatives will benefit from the capabilities provided by Pattern oriented framework.


Documentation and sources


Project information and complete documentation/sources can be downloaded from 
http://jt.dev.java.net/. java.net forums and mailings lists are not used.
We plan to move to a new location which should serve as a central location
for the project. 


Apache sponsor


TBD.


ASF resources to be created


- Mailing lists
- A subversion repository
- A JIRA issue tracker
 
Getting involved

Please send a message to the list if you are interested in joining this project
or using the framework for your particular application. 














      
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