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From Christofer Dutz <>
Subject [DRAFT] April Incubator Report ...
Date Mon, 25 Mar 2019 09:25:33 GMT
Hi all,

It’s reporting time again … so I whipped up a new report.

Please feel free to comment on it.




PLC4X is a set of libraries for communicating with industrial programmable

logic controllers (PLCs) using a variety of protocols but with a shared API.

PLC4X has been incubating since 2017-12-18.

Three most important unfinished issues to address before graduating:

1.  Building the community: Even if we have managed to attract a diverse

community, it can always be some more people.



Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be

aware of?

  Not at the moment.

How has the community developed since the last report?

  Previously added PPMC/Committers have setup and the onboarding process

  has been pretty successful. One new name has showed up on the list

  demonstrating willingness to help with the website and documentation.

  Now in total 3 people have demonstrated the ability to perform releases.

  We are currently tying up some loose ends and preparing everything to

  start the graduation vote in the next few weeks. All of this has been

  consuming quite some time.

  Christofer is working hard on implementing a first POC for a tooling to

  generate drivers from DFDL and SCXML specifications, which will greatly

  simplify driver implementation as well as make it possible to generate

  drivers for multiple target languages, such as C++.

  We have had a meetup in Nürtingen on 15th of February which a great part

  of the active PPMC and committers attended. Beyond that on 21th of February

  Christofer had a talk on PLC4X at EURegJug in Aachen, on 8th of March in



  - Releases:

    - 0.3.0 RC2: 05.02.2019 (RM: Julian Feinauer)

    - 0.3.1 RC1: 13.03.2019 (RM: Julian Feinauer, but Tim Mitsch actually did it)

  - Mailing-list Subscriptions: 43 (up by 1)

  - Twitter followers: 130 (up by 16)

  - GitHub stars: 52 (up by 10)

  No new POCs have been performed this period however another company has

  shifted to using PLC4X as main integration platform in their analytics

  software. Also a consortium of 3 companies and the ISW from Stuttgart

  University received a positive response to a project proposal that was

  supported for the funding program "KMU Innovativ" at BMBF German ministry

  of education and research. PLC4X will play an important role in the project

  for communication with industrial controllers and will be integrated by the

  industrial partner pragmatic minds GmbH which is represented in the (P)PMC

  by Julian Feinauer.

How would you assess the podling's maturity?

Please feel free to add your own commentary.

  [ ] Initial setup

  [ ] Working towards first release

  [ ] Community building

  [X] Nearing graduation

  [ ] Other:

Date of last release:

  2019-03-13 0.3.1 RC1

When were the last committers or PPMC members elected?

  2019-02-04 Tim Mitsch (PPMC and committer)

Have your mentors been helpful and responsive or are things falling

through the cracks? In the latter case, please list any open issues

that need to be addressed.

  They have been very helpful. Especially regarding questions about

  graduating, Justin has been particularly helpful in pointing out

  some missing things.

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