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From Charles Matthew Chen <charlesmc...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Copied my draft report on the Wiki
Date Tue, 20 Jan 2009 03:22:41 GMT
Hi Christian,

   Thanks for the note - you make a good point.  I'll start a page on
the wiki with a list of possible projects soon - I'll post to the list
again when its begun.  Also, you could take a look at the the
project's JIRA site.

https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/SANSELAN

Thanks,
   Charles


On Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 1:46 AM, Christian Grobmeier
<grobmeier@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Charles,
>
> I like Sanselan and so I did check out the websites. Below you wrote
> about what new comitters could do. As I read the website, the points
> didn't come to my mind like you said now. If one checks out Sanselan
> it looks like a quite feature complete project. It has less bugs and
> at first glance everything looks like it should be.
>
> I guess you should try to write more about the drawbacks of the
> current sanselan and about how to improve those. For example, I read
> that you are planning to redesign the Sanselan class. But how? I
> cannot help without stepping on your tooth.
>
> I really hope Sanselan goes on, since it helped me lots before a
> while. Its a fantastic lib.
> Cheers!
> Christian
>
> On Fri, Jan 16, 2009 at 4:38 AM, Charles Matthew Chen
> <charlesmchen@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi Jeremias,
>>
>>   As you point out, Sanselan hasn't drawn new contributors.
>>
>>   I've been thinking over the question of how to get more people
>> involved in the Sanselan project for more than a year.  The primary
>> obstacle seems to be that most people are interested in a very narrow
>> subset of image formats (jpg, gif, png, tiff) which Sanselan already
>> supports fairly well.  These formats are very static - revisions to or
>> new versions of the formats simply don't happen.  Almost all of the
>> commonly used features of these formats are well-supported.  In short,
>> there's very little work to be done unless we change the scope of the
>> project.
>>
>>   Improving support for reading and writing EXIF/IPTC data in jpeg
>> images addressed one of these key missing areas.  There are a list of
>> things I personally would like to do on the project (more control over
>> how images are written, better documentation), but these are not
>> projects that have or are likely to attract new members to the
>> project.
>>
>>   Other outstanding feature requests are either problematic or very
>> difficult.  Reading and/or writing JPEG image data is a huge project,
>> which imho is already well served by alternatives to Sanselan (unless
>> we simply wrap ImageIO).  Adding support for JBIG2 would be great, but
>> it would be a large project and so far, no one has volunteered to do
>> it.
>>
>>   And so I don't expect there to be projects that are likely to
>> attract new contributors in the near future.  This seems like a fatal
>> problem, as Apache measures the health of a project by the activity
>> and size of its community.
>>
>> Charles Matthew Chen
>>
>>
>> On Mon, Jan 12, 2009 at 11:51 AM, Jeremias Maerki
>> <dev@jeremias-maerki.ch> wrote:
>>> Deadline is up for submitting the report so I've just posted my draft
>>> report. If anyone has to change anything, please do so here:
>>> http://svn.apache.org/viewvc/incubator/sanselan/board/2009-01.txt?view=markup
>>> and here:
>>> http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/January2009
>>> (provided that one has not already been sent to the board in the
>>> meantime).
>>>
>>> Anyway, it doesn't look good for Sanselan if not more people get active.
>>>
>>>
>>> Jeremias Maerki
>>>
>>>
>>
>

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