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From kkr...@bankofny.com
Subject Re: xmlbeans status report
Date Fri, 16 Jan 2004 20:30:58 GMT

Very nice summary.

Did you want to include the proposal to modify v1 to be compatible
with pre-1.4 JVMs. I know some work was done on this?

I caught one spelling error (breakthroughts a couple 'graphs from
the end).


Ken Kress                                     kkress@bankofny.com
SAS, The Bank of New York                            484.605.4834

"David Remy" <dremy@bea.com>
01/16/2004 03:18 PM
Please respond to xmlbeans-dev

        To:     <xmlbeans-dev@xml.apache.org>
        Subject:        xmlbeans status report

hey committers and xmlbeans community,
we are overdue for a status report on xmlbeans progress.  i will put down 
a few of my thoughts here but i could use feedback.  i would like to post 
a status report to the incubator team by end of day today if that is 
possible so please respond quickly.  thx.

> Status report for the Incubator
Overall the xmlbeans project is progressing with good committer 
productivity and a growing user community.  Converting over the Apache CVS 
systems and build process has been accomplished along with various other 
Apache administrative tasks such setting up the Apache website.  There is 
some movement towards growth in the development side of the community with 
one contributor (Dutta Satadip) submitting a nice enhancement and several 
other contributors submitting small patches related to bugs.

More on each of the bullet points below.

>  * is the STATUS file up to date? (also post link)

It looks to me that the status file is up to date.  Is there any other 
things that need to be added or update there?  Cliff, do you think you 
could take a look at it?  http://incubator.apache.org/projects/xmlbeans.html

>  * any legal, cross-project or personal issues
>    that still need to be addressed?

In general it appears xmlbeans is through most of the known issues that 
existed getting started.  The committers have been able to be productive 
and there is a lot of code being created in version 2 and fixes are being 
made into version 1.

One relatively minor issue that we have run into is how best to accomodate 
commonly used api jars primarily JCP related api's from SUN.  For example 
right now the JSR173 (Streaming API for XML, a.k.a., STAX) api jar is 
hosted on an non-Apache server and brought down on the build process (if 
it doesn't already exist on the machine).  There have been similar 
questions about SAAJ however we found a SAAJ api jar in the AXIS project 
with an Apache license.  We are unsure what the right process for 
determining whether we can use a particular jar and host the jar in our 
build (esp the SUN JCP jars).

>  * what has been done for incubation since the last report?

cliff and david (et al.) I will probably need your help here:

*  source code checkin (was that since last status report?)
*  build and test ant scripts established
*  website updated including docs, source code access, etc.
*  established version 2 effort and modified CVS tree accordingly
*  proposed (close to implementing I think) branching strategy for version 
1 to provide 

cezar, did you do something related to gump that should be reflected here?
kevin krouse, is there anything here that you might want to add?

>  * plans and expectations for the next period?

* development on v2 will continue incorporating community feedback.
* continued work on soliciting volunteers for contribution and 
* work on organizing bug tracking and follow up
* xmlbeans-1.01 distrubution (minor bug fixes to v1)

what else?

>  * any recommendations for how incubation could run
>    more smoothly for you?

Incubation seems to be going well with one, albeit an important one, 
challenge of getting outside committers.  Having a large existing codebase 
in a fairly complicated area makes it challenging.  The growing user 
community and the excellent posts that we are getting on the xmbleans-dev 
list make us optimistic we will make some break throughts in the next 

We have had really great support from the Incubator team and our Mentor 
Ted Leung especially early on as we were working to get the source code 
in, get the website updated, and establishing a place where developers 
could be productive.  I don't know of a situation where we did not get 
what we needed from the incubation team.

>  * etc (your own thoughts on what is important would be helpful!)

As a technology xmlbeans 1.0 seems to be gaining a lot of momentum in the 
user community and is an extremely strong XML Java binding option for 
people that require strong XML schema compliance and full fidelity 
marshalling.  We are pretty excited about XMLBeans Version 2 since it 
expands the scope to support quite a few more use cases including a lossy 
scenario,   DOM Level 2, a pluggable backend data store capability, and a 
lot more.  The architectural and coding aspects are challenging and a lot 
of fun.

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