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From Don Brown <>
Subject [VOTE] WebWork 2 Merger Proposal
Date Tue, 31 Jan 2006 05:18:04 GMT


WebWork 2:  A Java web application development framework

A proposal to merge the WebWork 2 community and codebase into the Apache 
Struts project. The new codebase is slated to become Struts Action 2.


The members of the Apache Struts project and the members of the 
OpenSymphony WebWork 2 project would like to work together on a 
next-generation web application framework utilizing an action/request 
architecture. WebWork was initially created by Rickard Oberg to improve 
on the ideas and functionality of the Jakarta Struts framework. (Now 
known as the Apache Struts Action framework.) Since then, the WebWork 
community has continued to extend and refine the framework's 
capabilities through a long series of releases, the latest of which, 
2.2, brings advanced Ajax, templating, and Java 5 capabilities to its 
solid WebWork 2 foundation.  While, to date, the WebWork and Struts 
Action codebases have overlapped, recent movements to bring 
consolidation to the web framework landscape have inspired both 
communities to work together. Apache Struts has recently reorganized our 
codebase into multiple subprojects, two of which, Shale and Action, 
represent two separate but equal web frameworks. Struts Shale serves the 
nascent JSF community, while Struts Action serves the established JSP 
community. The WebWork 2 code would be brought into the Action 
subproject as the 2.x branch.  The WebWork 2 developers are excited by 
the prospect of joining the ASF and collaborating to solve our common 
need for a solid, action-based MVC2 web framework.


== Meritocracy: ==

The WebWork 2 community is a healthy meritocracy with multiple 
developers who do not share a common employer. The creator of the 
project has already "passed the torch" to another generation of 
developers, who earn commit privileges through their individual 

== Community: ==

The WebWork 2 community has a strong following with active mailing lists 
and forums.

== WebWork Developers: ==

The WebWork developers includes individuals who have been with the 
project for a very long time and individuals who have only recently 
earned commit privileges. Contributions come steadily from all segments 
of the community, developer and user alike. Despite being used by many 
well-known corporations, WebWork 2 has not received any direct corporate 

== Alignment: ==

WebWork and Struts Action are both action-oriented web frameworks, and 
the basic underlying models of the two are similar in many respects. 
Thus both projects strive to serve largely the same community of Java 
web application developers.

== License ==

WebWork 2 is under the OpenSymphony 1.1 license, a modified Apache 
Software License 1.0.

  * 2001-2006


== Orphaned products: ==

WebWork 2 will form the base of Struts Action 2.0 and is under heavy 
active development.

== Inexperience with open source: ==

The WebWork 2 project has been operating as a successful open source 
project for over four years.

== Homogenous developers: ==

The current list of committers includes developers from several 
different companies who are geographically dispersed. The developers are 
experienced with working in a distributed environment, and with 
resolving differences outside the scope of a common employer.

== Reliance on salaried developers: ==

WebWork does not rely on contributions from salaried developers, nor 
have commit privileges been extended based on an individual's employer.

== No ties to other ASF products: ==

The heritage of WebWork yields many close ties with the Apache Struts 
community. Many users have used one framework, then the other, and have 
different projects in the field that use either. The WebWork 2 codebase 
also uses several Jakarta Commons libraries.

== A fascination with the ASF brand: ==

After several years of independence, the WebWork developers are ready to 
work within a larger community and expose the WebWork technology to a 
wider audience. The WebWork community is not seeking the ASF brand but 
seeks to collaborate with like minds in the Apache Struts projects. Both 
sets of developers are trying to solve the same problems in the same 
way, and we feel that we can create a stronger community and codebase 
together, than we can working independantly.


The initial source comes from the WebWork 2 project, which uses CVS 
hosted at



  * None. (Struts Action SVN module and build systems already exist.)


  * Jason Carreira (jcarreira at
  * Don Brown (mrdon at
  * Rene Gielen
  * Rainer Hermanns
  * Ted Husted (husted at
  * Toby Jee
  * Patrick Lightbody (plightbo at
  * Alexandru Popescu (apopescu at
  * Ian Roughley
  * James Mitchell (jmitchell at
  * Martin Cooper (martinc at


The Struts PMC has voted to accept this project upon successful incubation.

== Champion ==

  * Don Brown (mrdon at

== Mentors ==

  * Don Brown (mrdon at
  * Martin Cooper (martinc at
  * Ted Husted (husted at

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