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From Robert Burrell Donkin <robertburrelldon...@gmail.com>
Subject Apache Rat TLP...?
Date Fri, 05 Aug 2011 17:44:17 GMT
Rat is (now) one of the oldest podlings, and has an unusually high
proportion of experience Apache contributors. The community and code
are small (perhaps too small) for a top level project (TLP).

Rat tools conceptually run downstream from the build in the continuous
delivery space, assisting comprehension and verification of assembled
source and binary artifacts but. It is natural also to include
bindings for various build systems (to catch problems early) and
generative repair tools within scope. No suitable TLP exists which is
build system and language agnostic.

So Rat is in limbo.

There seems to be quite a number of existing unsatisfied related use
cases eg [1][2] here at Apache. I suspect that with the arrival of
OOo, automation is going to become essential and new tools will need
to be developed in a variety of languages.

In the podling, there is now a rough consensus that graduating to a
new TLP would be the right path. Though the community is currently
small, it could act as a seed for efforts to address these problems
and grow as a home for these tools.

But before we start to draw up more detailed proposals, I'd like to
take some soundings...

Opinions?

Robert

[1] http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/incubator-rat-dev/201106.mbox/%3CBANLkTikiWPDsipDV9wCG8bGFnW=QWBWHgw@mail.gmail.com%3E
[2] http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-legal-discuss/201107.mbox/%3C4E2F098B.7080008@schor.com%3E

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