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From Grant Ingersoll <gsing...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Name change from "Lucene Connectors Framework" to "Apache Connectors Framework"
Date Fri, 27 Aug 2010 12:22:35 GMT

On Aug 24, 2010, at 5:55 PM, Upayavira wrote:

> On Wed, 2010-08-25 at 06:41 +1000, Gav... wrote: 
>> I think the title of the name change is a little misleading.
>> 
>> We are not Replacing 'Lucene' with 'Apache' .
>> 
>> Apache is a given.
>> 
>> IOW - The proposal is either:
>> 
>> Change "Apache Lucene Connectors Framework" to "Apache Connectors Framework"
>> 
>> or:
>> 
>> Change "Lucene Connectors Framework" to "Connectors Framework"
>> 
>> It should therefore be clear that the only change being proposed here is the
>> 'dropping' of the word 'Lucene' due to the fact that Lucene is no longer its
>> governing TLP.
> 
> But people aren't going to be thinking about governing TLPs when making
> assumptions about a name.
> 
> Does this project actually relate to Lucene or not? Apache Connectors
> Framework tells me it is either a generic connectors framework for
> connecting anything to anything, or it is for connecting httpd to
> something else, neither of which I suspect are what it is all about.
> 

It is, perhaps, worthwhile to give a brief description about the project, taken from the website:
<snip>
The Apache Connectors Framework (ACF) is an effort to provide build and support an open source
framework for connecting source content repositories like Microsoft Sharepoint and EMC Documentum,
to target repositories or indexes, such as Apache Solr. ACF also defines a security model
for target repositories that permits them to enforce source-repository security policies.

Currently included connectors support FileNet P8 (IBM), Documentum (EMC), LiveLink (OpenText),
Patriarch (Memex), Meridio (Autonomy), Windows shares (Microsoft), and SharePoint (Microsoft).
Also included are a general file system connector, a general JDBC connector, a general RSS
crawler, and a general web crawler. Currently supported targets include Apache Solr and QBase
(formerly MetaCarta) GTS. The complete repository compatibility list can be found here.
</snip>

While it supports targets for Solr, it is not a Solr/Lucene only thing.  The framework intends
to be a generic connector framework such that if someone implements the source and the sync
according to the framework design, it will work.

FWIW, as was pointed out on the connector mailing list, there are also many other generic/descriptive
names in Apache (disregarding the granddaddy of them all: HTTP Server, which I realize, of
course, is a different story):  HttpComponents, OpenWebBeans, TrafficServer, Web Services,
XML, XMLBeans, XML Graphics, Directory, Logging, OpenEJB, OpenJPA, Portals, Perl, TCL.   
Perhaps we should call it the Open Connector Framework?  Or maybe if we remove the spaces,
as in OpenConnectorFramework, then we are good?

-Grant
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