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From "Theodore W. Leung" <twle...@sauria.com>
Subject Re: [POLL] WASP Lite on Apache?
Date Wed, 14 Nov 2001 21:51:02 GMT
On Wed, 2001-11-14 at 05:38, Sam Ruby wrote:
> General thoughts:
> 
>    This is just a poll at this point.  A perfectly reasonable response
>    might be for the PMC to request that consensus be reached first on the
>    Axis dev mailing list before proceeding to a vote.  Three of the five
>    PMC members actively follow that list anyway...

+1  

I am *very* against the idea of WASP as a separate project.  If the Axis
and Wasp communities can not agree, then I think we're done.  We already
have 2 SOAP implementations with 2 different API's.  We don't need 3. 
At least X1, X2, and Crimson are JAXP interchangable.  Right now, the
SOAP situation is a mess.

>    I'm not clear on what the difference between internal fork and external
>    fork.  Two committers (and an undisclosed at this point, but presumably
>    small number of other developers) decided to go their own way for a
>    period of time, and now want to share their results with the community.
> 
> Status of other forks:
> 
>    Currently Xerces 1 and 2 are in separate cvs trees and have separate
>    entries on xml.apache.org's web site; as does Crimson.  Committers to
>    any one code base have karma to all.

The important thing here is that the plan is for Xerces 1 and Crimson to
converge at Xerces2.  This hasn't happened yet, but is in process.  At
that point I expect both Xerces1 and Crimson to go to the old project's
home (wherever that is).

>    Xalan1 and Xalan2 were in the same cvs tree, but had separate entries on
>    xml.apache.org's web site for a time.  Now Xalan1 is no more.

>    Currently Cocoon1 and 2 are in separate cvs trees (originally they were
>    in one), and have separate entries on xml.apache.org's web site.
>    Committers to the either code base have karma to both.

The cocoon guys have been saying that C2 will supersede C1.

>    Currently Soap  and Axis are in separate cvs trees and have separate
>    entries on xml.apache.org's web site.  In creating Axis, I did take the
>    opportunity to cull the list of inactive committers - with the statement
>    that any could become active simply by a simple request.

After Axis goes 1.0, my personal expectation is that SOAP is starting to
go to the old projects home.

> My personal priorities (in no particular order):
> 
>    Reuniting the community.
>    Not disrupting the progress of Axis to release while this donation is in
>    process.
>    Stealing heavily from both code bases to create the best product in the
>    marketplace

I think that the WASP code and community can contribute in a number of
areas.  The way that we got into the Crimson / Xerces mess was that we
said, we'll accept both projects and figure out how to merge them
later.  It took a long time for that to start to happen -- not that it's
fully happened just yet.

The way that Batik happend, as well as the way that the XSLTC -> Xalan
donation happened are better models in my mind.

Ted

> Note:
> 
>    I had the opportunity to meet Anne Thomas Manes for the first time last
>    week at the O'Reilly P2P and WebServices conference, as did Dirk.  We
>    discussed the priorities I listed above, and I recommended that this
>    proceed by her posting to the general@xml.apache.org mailing list to
>    gather input.  I knew her name as she often posted to both the soap and
>    axis mailing lists, generally by answering people's questions about SOAP
>    and related technologies.
> 
> - Sam Ruby
> 
> 
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