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From Casey Stella <ceste...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Development Activity has dropped to effectively 0, what should we do?
Date Wed, 08 Apr 2020 22:32:33 GMT
As far as I know there is no minimum bar of development activity to keep a
project open.  I think we would all be grateful for any investment that you
or your organization would want to make.

It also occurs to me that your observation is absolutely spot on: we have a
LOT of moving parts.
I see some deficiencies here:

   - We depend on a lot of the various hadoop ecosystem projects and they
   have to work together very precisely:
      - This makes for a system that is hard to install.
      - This also makes for a system which is hard to tune/manage
   - We have a large surface area of coverage
   - We have an installer, backend system and front-end UI, which stretches
      our developers a bit thin, especially since there isn't even interest in
      those systems

Perhaps a reconsideration of the scope and technologies that we use would
be merited?  If we were to decide to, for instance:

   - Consolidate scope: focus on a viable backend/API rather than a UI
   - Consolidate technology: reposition ourselves on top of Spark as a
   consolidated streaming/batch system
   - Make SQL our external interface: write out to parquet + the Hive
   metastore and let users pin up presto tables or hive tables as they see fit

This might reduce some of our surface area and make it more viable to get
started?

Anyway, just some thoughts.

Casey

On Wed, Apr 8, 2020 at 6:20 PM Yerex, Tom <tom.yerex@ubc.ca> wrote:

> Hi Casey,
>
> I'm new here and new to contributing to an open source project. Thus far
> my contribution has been questions, however the steep learning curve has
> had me working to understand all the moving parts for the last 18 months
> and I see that as a big investment by my organization.
>
> What is a level that would be viable?
>
> If my organization were to contribute I don't know that it would be soon
> enough or at the volume that is recognized as viable, which is why I ask
> the question.
>
>
> On 2020-04-08 15:05:51-07:00 Casey Stella wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> When composing the board report today, I realized that we have effectively
> had no development in the last quarter on this project.  Please be aware
> that I say this without a shred of blame or judgement (especially so
> considering I have not contributed in a long time).  That being said, I
> would like to pose the question to the community:
>
> Do we feel that this project is viable?  If so, how are we going to spur
> new contributions?  If not, then should we begin the process to fold the
> project?
>
>
> Best,
>
> Casey
>
>

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