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From "Andrew C. Oliver" <acoli...@apache.org>
Subject Re: HDF
Date Mon, 19 May 2003 03:01:14 GMT
I offer this: http://fishbowl.pastiche.org/archives/001331.html as
supporting information ;-)


On 5/18/03 6:51 PM, "Ryan Ackley" <sackley@cfl.rr.com> wrote:

> I wanted to ask for some feedback from POI committers...
> Lately, there has been a lot of interest from people who want to contribute
> to HDF. People have been submitting patches to code that is in scratchpad.
> In some ways I think that the code I originally contributed has slowed down
> the project. Some potential contributors may have taken one look at the
> source code and been like "HOLY $&!@%$@  CRAP! thats ugly". I say that
> because anytime someone wants to contribute, I tell them "study the spec and
> look at the source code". I never hear from them again :-)
> Bob Otterberg emailed me a High-Level design for an object model. I have
> come up with a low-level design for reading AND writing the main data
> structures. These are attached as a .zargo file. Use Poseidon UML
> (http://www.gentleware.com) (free version) to open it. It is ArgoUML w/o all
> the bugs. I think it will be easier to get other people involved in
> developing HDF if we get rid of the legacy baggage (my old code). Also, the
> quality will be better because we have designed it from the beginning to
> serve the needs of the community as opposed to the needs of Ryan. Of course,
> my old code will be a valuable reference for this new development effort
> Two things:
> 1) Bob and I want your feedback on the design. If you don't understand
> something, please ask.
> 2) How do I get people involved and keep them interested? Its a little
> easier managing people when they aren't working on a volunteer basis. When
> John Smith from internet land posts a message to the list asking how they
> can contribute to HDF. Do I assign him a task that may never be completed?
> Or do I tell them to figure out what needs to be done?
> Thanks,
> Ryan
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