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From "robert burrell donkin" <>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] Open JPA
Date Wed, 08 Mar 2006 13:23:20 GMT
On 3/8/06, Jacek Laskowski <> wrote:
> 2006/3/8, Patrick Linskey <>:
> > Hi,
> >
> > Below is a proposal to incubate an Open JPA project at Apache. I've also
> > posted this at
> Hi Patrick,
> May I be included in the initial committers section? I'd love to
> contribute to this project.

anyone who wishes to can contribute to ASF projects: we're open development
(as well as open source). there are many different ways folks can
contribute: anyone who answers questions on user lists is contributing (for

but judging by your comments, it's probably primarily code that you'll be
looking to contribute. you don't need to be a committer to contribute code:
patches are encouraged (with unit tests, of course) and can be submitted
through JIRA. once the existing committers tire of committing these patches,
an election will be held for committership. but that's really just the first

the initial committers list is just a way of bootstrapping a community that
comes with the code. one of the lessons that all podlings need to learn to
how to deal with developers, and recruit and mentor new committers. it's
great to see interest from developers so might be better for everyone if you
wait and the join in the discussions on list, submit some patches and are
elected in due course in the traditional apache fashion.

If you need more background of mine and how I could help with it,
> please feel free to contact me so that I don't clutter the thread and
> the incubator mailing list in general ;)

we like that kind of clutter here at apache :)

please try to keep as much communication as possible on list.

introductions are good (it's always cool to know more about the people you
wotk with) but here at apache, we usually look at the patches you've
submitted and the contribution you've made to the list as your open source
CV. that's the usual way we judge whether someone's ready to be a committer.

- robert

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