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From Roberto Galoppini <rgalopp...@geek.net>
Subject Re: Is there any way to reach extension authors?
Date Fri, 13 Apr 2012 01:54:05 GMT
2012/4/12 Jürgen Schmidt <jogischmidt@googlemail.com>

> On 4/13/12 1:13 AM, Christoph Jopp wrote:
>
>>
>>
>> Am 12.04.2012 17:45, schrieb Rob Weir:
>>
>>> On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM, Louis Suárez-Potts<luispo@gmail.com>
>>>  wrote:
>>>
>>>> Hi,
>>>>
>>>> On 2012-04-12, at 15:57 , Jürgen Schmidt wrote:
>>>>
>>>>  On 4/12/12 4:23 PM, Rob Weir wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 10:17 AM, Roberto Galoppini<
>>>>>> rgaloppini@geek.net>   wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> On Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 5:02 AM, Rob Weir<robweir@apache.org>
>>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>  I think it would be good if we could get them the message that
AOO
>>>>>>>> 3.4
>>>>>>>> should be released soon, and that they are invited to
>>>>>>>> download/install
>>>>>>>> our latest dev back and verify that their extensions work
and make
>>>>>>>> any
>>>>>>>> needed updates.  We would point them also to the details
of the
>>>>>>>> changes described in the readme file.  Of course, we hope
that no
>>>>>>>> changes are needed, but it is worth checking.
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> How would we get such a message out?  There is no mailing
list of
>>>>>>>> extension authors, right?
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> We could contact Extensions' authors via direct mailing.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>> How?  Is this something that SF can send out, if we draft the text?
>>>>>> Also, is there any community mailing list or forum for extension
>>>>>> authors?
>>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> I guided all subscribers of the former api and extensions dev mailing
>>>>> list to our ooo-dev list.
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>> I think it actually also makes sense to initiate a new effort to get
>>>> extension writers. We did this several years ago, but at the time, b/c of
>>>> the typical politics of some big corporations, we ran up against some
>>>> obstacles, that I think won't exist now.
>>>>
>>>> What I would like to do, then, is to have a programme that could work
>>>> with community colleges such as Seneca, with which I have contacts and with
>>>> which OOo had worked before, and with universities Eric B. has worked with.
>>>> As well, with the many smaller companies making up the ecosystem.
>>>>
>>>> Do keep in mind that we realized many years ago that the best way to
>>>> expand the developer and contributor community of OOo was via the
>>>> extensions. It was this idea that impelled me, that compelled Juergen, that
>>>> stimulated the early creators of the Extensions project.
>>>>
>>>>
>>> Would it make sense to start with a new list, ooo-extension-authors or
>>> similar, with the aim to:
>>>
>>> 1) Develop a community of extension authors, where they can share tips
>>> and techniques with each other, as well as with the AOO programmers.
>>>
>>> 2) Provide a single place where the AOO PMC can give head's up warning
>>> of API changes or additions, advertise the availability of new dev
>>> snapshots, and in general try to coordinate a release cycle where AOO
>>> releases are accompanied by simultaneous availability high quality 3rd
>>> party extensions.
>>>
>>> 3) Provide a place for new extension authors to ask questions and get
>>> support
>>>
>>> I think in most Apache projects, the "users" list would be where such
>>> topics would be handled.  But our "users" are end users, not developer
>>> users.  So we would want a different list for this.
>>>
>>> (ooo-dev was another logical place for this, but I think the traffic
>>> level would be a deterrent for someone who is only interested in
>>> extensions)
>>>
>>
>> +1000 to all three points.
>>
>
> well, it was the initial idea to create further lists on demand. I don't
> see this demand at the moment and would prefer if we continue for now here
> on the list by simply using the tags [API],[EXTENSIONS] that we have
> introduced at the beginning. That would make it easy for all to create
> filter to focus on this email but it would also allows others (newcomers)
> to see, read and join efforts that going into this direction.
>

In case you might need, you could consider to use the
forum/mailing-list/wiki features at the Extensions project page on
SourceForge. Of course this wouldn't lock you in because you'll have access
to all data and the SourceForge platform itself is open source.

Roberto



>
>
> Juergen
>
>
>
>>
>>>
>>> -Rob
>>>
>>>  louis
>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> Juergen
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>> -Rob
>>>>>>
>>>>>>  Roberto
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> -Rob
>>>>>>>>
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