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From Dan Haywood <>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] Apache Isis
Date Thu, 26 Aug 2010 16:32:51 GMT
  Thanks for that, Siegfried.

I'm not actually putting this to a vote, yet, because we still need to 
find more mentors and a champion.  If haven't yet done any "cold 
calling" of possible would-be mentors, but if you have any suggestions 
of anyone who might have the bandwidth for either role, I'd very much 
appreciate it!



On 26/08/2010 17:12, Siegfried Goeschl wrote:
> Hi Dan,
> +1 (non-binding)
> Cheers,
> Siegfried Goeschl
> On 24.08.10 19:12, Dan Haywood wrote:
>> I'd like to formally propose a new project for the incubator, Apache
>> Isis. If accepted, Isis will combine the existing open source Naked
>> Objects framework with a collection of sister projects, providing an
>> extensible Java-based framework for rapidly developing domain-driven
>> applications.
>> I floated the idea of Isis on this mailing list about a month or so ago,
>> and we got some positive feedback and a couple of expressions of
>> interest in contributing. Since then, we've put together a proposal
>> (also copied in below) onto the incubator wiki.
>> The proposal is at:
>> The current codebase is at:, with sister
>> projects hosted at:
>> We currently have two mentors, but require more, and we still need a
>> champion. I'm hoping that this post will generate some further interest
>> to develop the proposal further. All being well we hope to put this
>> proposal to a vote in a week or two's time.
>> Thanks for reading, looking forward to your feedback.
>> Dan Haywood
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> = Isis Proposal =
>> The following presents the proposal for creating a new project within
>> the Apache Software Foundation called Isis.
>> == Abstract ==
>> Isis will be an extensible standards-based framework to rapidly develop
>> and enterprise level deploy domain-driven (DDD) applications.
>> == Proposal ==
>> The Isis project will bring together a collection of open source
>> projects that collectively support the rapid development of
>> domain-driven applications. The heart of Isis is the Naked Objects
>> Framework, an established open source project that has been around since
>> 2002. In addition, it will incorporate a number of sister projects that
>> build on Naked Objects' pluggable architecture and which extend the
>> reach of Naked Objects in several key areas.
>> In addition, the project will be reorganising the existing projects to
>> logically separate out the components into
>> [[|JSR-299]]
>> beans. We believe that the JSR-299 programming model is likely to become
>> widely used for enterprise Java applications; adopting it should make it
>> easier for new contributors to understand how the framework fits
>> together and therefore to develop their own extensions. In turn, we hope
>> this will further extend the reach of the framework to other
>> complementary open source frameworks (either within Apache or outside of
>> it).
>> == Background ==
>> Naked Objects is an open source Java framework that was originally
>> developed to explore the idea of enterprise systems that treat the user
>> as a "problem solver, not a process follower". Conceived by Richard
>> Pawson, the first version of the framework was written by Robert
>> Matthews (2002). Richard and Rob also wrote a book, Naked Objects
>> (Wiley, 2002), to explain the idea.
>> More generally, Naked Objects is an implementation of the naked objects
>> architectural pattern. In its purest form, "all" the developer has to do
>> is develop their domain model as pojos; Naked Objects then provides: a
>> object-oriented user interface by rendering those pojos; persistence by
>> extracting the content of the pojos; security by wrapping access to the
>> pojos; remoting by turning local calls into remote ones; and
>> localisation by adapting all the names used in the metamodel. All of
>> this is done reflectively at runtime so that the developer can
>> concentrate on the most important aspect - the application itself. You
>> can think of Naked Objects' OOUI generation as analogous to Hibernate
>> and other ORMs, but rather than reflecting the pojo into the persistence
>> layer, they are reflected into the presentation layer. A number of other
>> open source frameworks cite it as their inspiration, including
>> [[|JMatter]], [[|OpenXava]], and
>> [[|Trails]].
>> Over this time Naked Objects has attracted a fair degree of attention
>> among the early adopter crowd, generally splitting opinion as either a
>> very good idea or a very bad one. A common misconception is that naked
>> objects is only appropriate for simple CRUD based applications. While
>> developing CRUD applications is indeed trivial, an important innovation
>> is that the UI generated by NO also renders the pojo's
>> commands/behaviors (we call them actions). Simply stated: any public
>> method that does not represent a property or collection is rendered so
>> it can be invoked, eg with a button, a menu item or a hyperlink. We
>> characterize entities with such behaviors as "behaviorally complete".
>> It's OO as your mother taught it to you.
>> At the same time that we have been developing our ideas on the naked
>> objects, there has been a resurgent interest in object modelling at the
>> enterprise level, specifically as described by Eric Evans' book,
>> [[|Domain Driven Design]].
>> Recognizing that there's a lot of synergy between the two ideas, the NO
>> framework now uses DDD terminology, such as repository, domain service
>> and value.
>> As mentioned in the proposal section, Isis will consist of both the
>> original NO framework, along with a number of sister projects. These
>> sister projects were written by Dan Haywood to support a book he wrote
>> about the framework, [[|Domain Driven
>> Design using Naked Objects]] (Pragmatic Bookshelf, 2009). The intent of
>> these projects was to demonstrate the pluggable nature of the framework.
>> Both Naked Objects and its sister projects are under the ASL v2 license.
>> Not directly related to this proposal but worth mentioning: Naked
>> Objects has also been ported to the .NET platform, as a commercial
>> product. Richard Pawson, the originator of the naked objects pattern,
>> now devotes his energies to the [[|.NET version]]
>> and is no longer involved in the open source Java version. Conversely,
>> Rob Matthews, the originator of the framework and a co-author of this
>> proposal, now devotes his energies to the Java version, not the .NET 
>> one.
>> == Rationale ==
>> We recognize that the key to open source projects long-term success is a
>> large user base, along with a goodly number of diverse active and
>> enthusiastic committers. Being brutally honest, we cannot claim to have
>> either. That said, we are not naive enough to think that entrance into
>> the Apache incubator will automatically bring us these things. Rather,
>> we believe it will give us a platform to more effectively publicize the
>> project so that it can succeed. It will also allow us to take advantage
>> of the collaborative environment that the Apache Software Foundation
>> provides. Attracting a diverse group of developers will also provide the
>> opportunity for significant advancements and improvements to the Isis
>> framework, making it more useful for more people.
>> There are, then, several reasons for us wanting to contribute the
>> framework to Apache.
>> First, it helps us legitimize the "naked objects" concept.
>> Notwithstanding the fact that the project has attracted its fair share
>> of nay-sayers, as its developers we remain convinced of its usefulness
>> and contribution to enterprise development in general. Most
>> significantly, (v2.0 of) Naked Objects was used to develop the online
>> application for benefits administration of pensions and other state
>> benefits for the Irish Government. This project went live in 2006, is
>> used by 1500+ users on a day-by-day basis, consists of an enterprise
>> domain model of approximately 500 entities, and pushes out a new release
>> each month. Richard and Dan remain consultants to this project; we would
>> dearly like others to reap the benefit of building enterprise
>> applications in this way.
>> Second, and as already mentioned, it gives us a platform on which to
>> publicize. The Naked Objects framework did have its moment in the sun
>> about 5~6 years back, but, at that time, it was under a GPL license
>> rather than ASL v2. We were also solely focused in developing the
>> aforementioned benefits system, rather than building an open source
>> community. One could argue that we had an opportunity and we blew it; at
>> any rate what we hope is that Apache will give us an opportunity to
>> build up a new community. At Devoxx 2009 we ran an informal poll to get
>> opinions of Naked Objects, from "best thing since sliced bread", through
>> "fundamentally flawed", to "never heard of it". There were 5x as many
>> votes in "never heard of it" as there were in all of the other columns.
>> That can either be taken as very disappointing, or as an opportunity. We
>> prefer the latter interpretation.
>> Third, by renaming the project to Isis, it gives us a chance to
>> reposition the framework. While the "naked objects" pattern is
>> important, we also want to emphasize domain-driven design. Alistair
>> Cockburn's hexagonal (or "ports and adapters") architecture is another
>> influence; the plugins that the NO framework supports (see
>> [[|]]) are either
>> ports/adapters from the presentation layer, or ports/adapters to the
>> persistence layer. Furthermore, the newer UI viewers that we have been
>> developing allow the UI to be customized in various ways and to various
>> extents; so the pojos are not necessarily naked, they are lightly (or
>> heavily!) clad. And also, being blunt, that term "naked", while
>> attracting the "bleeding edge" guys, tends to be a turn-off for the
>> "early majority" who we now want to target.
>> Fourth, it removes doubt over its direction. Currently the NO framework
>> is ASLv2 but copyright Naked Objects Group Ltd (NOGL), with Richard
>> Pawson still the figurehead of the naked objects movement. As already
>> mentioned, NOGL's energy is in their commercial .NET product. They are
>> happy to donate the relevant rights to this software to Apache because
>> they recognise that the framework is already critically dependent upon
>> the open source community, so this is the best way to encourage greater
>> take up, and ensure its future. Changing the name of the Java version
>> also means it removes confusion in the market place as to what Naked
>> Objects framework is (ie a .NET product only). Meanwhile the rights to
>> the various sister projects that Dan has written would also be donated
>> to ASF. Having a single legal entity - ASF - owning rights for all of
>> this software would be very desirable; we think it might prompt others
>> to explore the framework.
>> Fifth, the synergies with other Apache projects will help us meet our
>> ambition to make the framework easier to extend. There are two principle
>> extension points of the framework: viewers, and object stores. While we
>> do understand that it isn't a goal of Apache per se to create a
>> portfolio of frameworks, we hope that being part of the Apache family
>> might encourage members of these other communities to help us develop
>> new viewers or object stores. One of the sister projects provides a
>> customizable viewer that uses Wicket; since pre-announcing this proposal
>> on the incubator mailing list we've had one expression of interest to
>> develop a new viewer using Tapestry.
>> The 'domain services' angle of DDD also means there are opportunities to
>> integrate with frameworks that aren't just about presentation or
>> persistence; in Dan's book he sketches out an integration with
>> [[|Camel]; there are multiple opportunities here. We
>> also hope to tap into expertise to help us refactor the framework
>> components into JSR-299 beans. Again, we've had an expression of
>> interest from the incubator mailing list along these lines.
>> Sixth, it isn't finished. As has been pointed out to us, projects whose
>> codebases are finished don't make for good project candidates. Isis,
>> though, will probably never be truly finished. The hexagonal
>> architecture, as we think of it, is about plugging in different
>> presentation and persistence layers. We have several viewers that are in
>> active development (including the Wicket, and a RESTful-based viewer),
>> and object stores too (BerkleyDB, MongoDB, vanilla SQL). But there are
>> lots of UI frameworks we haven't even started on, either Apache's own
>> (eg Click, Tapestry, [[|MyFaces]], Pivot, …)
>> or external (eg [[|Vaadin]], Portals, Android, JavaFX,
>> [[|NetBeans]] RCP, Eclipse RCP, Eclipse RAP, FLEX,
>> Silverlight, …). The same is true for persistence technologies, both
>> internal to Apache (eg [[|CouchDB]],
>> [[|OpenJPA]], Cassandra, Cayenne, HBase,
>> iBATIS, ...) and external (eg neo4j, db4o,
>> [[|BigTable]], Amazon S3,
>> JCloud … ). And… there are also lots of development tools that could be
>> built, either IDE integrations, or into build tools such as Maven.
>> In summary: we hope that incubation will allow us to develop Isis into a
>> standards-based framework for building domain-driven apps, appealing
>> both to its user community (who just want to use it "out-of-the-box")
>> and to its contributor community (who want to quickly understand how it
>> works and what is required to extend it).
>> == Initial Source ==
>> === 1. Combine the codebases ===
>> Both the core Naked Objects framework and the sister projects reside in
>> Subversion trees, hosted on [[|SourceForge]]:
>> *
>> *
>> *
>> *
>> * ([[|FitNesse]],
>> [[|Concordion]])
>> *
>> These will need to be moved into a single Subversion tree, hosted on
>> Apache infrastructure.
>> === 2. Rationalize the builds ===
>> Both the NO codebase and the sister projects are built using Maven 2. It
>> shouldn't be difficult to combine these into a single build.
>> === 3. Standardize package names ===
>> Naked Objects package names are currently:
>> * org.nakedobjects.applib.* and org.nakedobjects.service.* for the
>> applib and domain services
>> * org.nakedobjects.core.* for the core
>> * for each plugin
>> These should move, respectively, to
>> * org.apache.isis.application.*
>> * org.apache.isis.core.* and
>> * (we expect that plugins will become
>> [[|alternatives]]

>> under JSR-299).
>> The sister projects package names are currently:
>> * org.starobjects.wicket.* (for wicket objects)
>> * org.starobjects.restful.* (for restful objects)
>> etc.
>> Because these are all just plugins/alternatives, they should just move
>> to org.apache.isis.alternatives.*.
>> === 4. Move the version number down. ===
>> To emphasize the fact that this is a new project not yet considered
>> complete, we will move the number back down to < 1.0, eg v0.1. This will
>> allow us to work on a number of releases, hopefully getting to 1.0 as
>> and when we graduate from the incubator.
>> === 5. Establish continuous integration ===
>> The Naked Objects framework currently builds on its own Hudson server;
>> we would move this over to run on Apache infrastructure.
>> === 6. Rationalize documentation ===
>> The documentation for the sister projects is reasonably up-to-date, but
>> the documentation for Naked Objects needs rationalizing, aligning with
>> the core component and the various plugins. This will help make the
>> framework more digestible to new users/would-be committers; they can
>> focus on the core, or a bit of the core (say, the metamodel), or work on
>> just one plugin.
>> === 7. Rationalize the Maven sites ===
>> Related to above, we need to "tell the story better" so that would-be
>> users can see what benefits using the framework will bring (and,
>> conversely, what freedom they give up in adopting a framework).
>> === 8. Review/copy over outstanding tickets. ===
>> There are a number of tickets in the Naked Objects TRAC wiki. These
>> should be either moved over, or fixed.
>> == Initial Goals ==
>> The following outlines some of the goals we have set ourselves during
>> incubation. Of course, these may change as we proceed and learn more.
>> * Prepare ground by defining the 3 area of Isis: Application; Framework;
>> and Plugin.
>> * Address (either fix or transfer) all tickets from Naked Objects TRAC
>> wiki.
>> * Ensure existing documentation (of which there is a reasonable amount)
>> is correctly related to each project now that the documentation has been
>> separated out.
>> * v 0.1 - source code combination and rationalization (as per above).
>> * v 0.2 - refactor components to JSR-299, while maintaining backwards
>> compatibility for bootstrapping.
>> * v 0.3 - JPA persistor ported from Hibernate to Apache OpenJPA.
>> * v 0.4 - integrate with JMX for runtime management; provide profiling
>> of client/server and webapps (eg serialization vs domain logic vs domain
>> services vs object store timings).
>> * v 0.5 - write contract tests for all major plugin APIs (object stores,
>> authentication, authorization, remoting).
>> We also have a number of overarching goals:
>> * steadily improve the code coverage
>> * clean up the APIs. Some of the code dates back to Java 1.1 (at one
>> point in time the code was cross-compiled into J# code); so there is
>> opportunity to use more generics and remove use of arrays
>> * steadily reduce the amount of proprietary code, and the code size in
>> general; use newer libraries such as google-collections more 
>> extensively.
>> As well as the work going on to create the Isis project there are a
>> number of components that are in the works, and that will be released as
>> they are ready:
>> * Scimpi web application release.
>> * Introduce dynamic view design into the DnD viewer.
>> * [[|Wicket]] viewer release.
>> * NOSQL persistor release (using [[|CouchDB]],
>> [[|MongoDB]] and
>> [[|BerkeleyDB]]).

>> * SQL persistor release.
>> * CLI viewer release.
>> * Portal integration: Examine and implement support for compatible
>> portals. Under consideration:
>> [[|WebSphere Portal
>> Server]].
>> Whether these are part of incubation or not will depend on whether we
>> feel we have reached a self-sustaining community (but it's more likely
>> than not that they will be released during incubation). Equally, there
>> may be other viewers/persistors using other technologies that might be
>> implemented during incubation.
>> == Current Status ==
>> Naked Objects 4.0.0 was released at the end of 2009, broadly
>> corresponding to the release of Dan's book.This is released into the
>> Maven central repo, along with an application archetype for quick-start.
>> The three sister projects mentioned in Dan's book (restful, tested, jpa)
>> are at 1.0-beta-3, but not formally released into the Maven central
>> repo. The remaining sister projects are in alpha status.
>> The main committers for the codebases to date have been Robert Matthews
>> and Dan Haywood. Both Rob and Dan work on the NOF core, and each also
>> works independently (reflecting their individual interests) on their
>> respective plugins. Much work was done on the core by both Rob and Dan
>> leading up to the release of NOF 4.0.0, and we are now reasonably happy
>> with it. Much work remains (see above) in the area of
>> plugins/alternatives; there is work to complete and improve the existing
>> ones and many opportunities to develop new ones.
>> We readily support users on the NO forum (on
>> [[|SourceForge]])
>> and also on the forum for Dan's book (on As a consequence
>> of Dan's book, a GWT-based viewer (non open source) has been developed
>> separately, and we have provided support for this (and hope it will be
>> contributed back to the framework in the future).
>> Over the years we have received some patches for the framework, which we
>> have incorporated, but not many. Part of the reason for this, we
>> believe, is that until NOF 4.0.0 it had a monolithic architecture,
>> making it difficult for would-be contributors to provide small patches.
>> We think that NOF 4.0.0 improves in this area, but a move to JSR-299
>> would be a major step forward to help bring up participation.
>> == Community ==
>> We recognize that the lack of a large (or at least, vocal) user
>> community is the weakest part of our proposal. That said, we do have a
>> steady trickle of queries on both the Naked Objects forum, and on the
>> forum for Dan's book. Getting NOF 4.0.0 released has rekindled interest
>> in at least one long-time user who is helping Rob to test one of the
>> object store plugins, while we've also picked up commitment to help with
>> this Apache proposal from a couple of people via the book forum.
>> To help build up our community we intend to:
>> * ensure that the website and documentation is first-rate (see initial
>> goals, above)
>> * make sure that the Isis code can be easily used and understood
>> * court other open source projects with compatible technologies to work
>> on integrations with Isis
>> * write a series of articles for leading web journals, eg
>>,, We would want to point out
>> that we were in the Apache Incubator, and actively looking for help
>> * submit sessions to Devoxx and similar, Java-focused, conferences;
>> again we'd trade on the Apache Incubator status.
>> We also hope that some of the newer members of our community will help
>> us identify what the roadblocks are to adoption, so that we can address
>> them.
>> == Core Developers ==
>> The core developers are:
>> * Robert Matthews, UK-based independent consultant. Original author of
>> the Naked Objects framework, committer to the NOF core and primary
>> developer of the NOF plugins (DnD viewer, HTML viewer, Scimpi viewer,
>> in-memory !ObjectStore, XML !ObjectStore, !BerkeleyDB !ObjectStore, SQL
>> !ObjectStore, !MongoDB ObjectStore). Until recently, worked for Naked
>> Objects Group Ltd on the commercial .NET version. Is now independent and
>> working on apps built using the open source Java version.
>> * Dan Haywood, UK-based independent consultant. Contributor to the Naked
>> Objects framework since 2005; took lead in much of the restructuring of
>> the NO architecture for NOF 4.0.0. Also primary developer for sister
>> projects plugins (!RestfulObjects viewer, !WicketObjects viewer, JPA
>> !ObjectStore, !TestedObjects "viewer", Groovy support). Part-time
>> consultant/advisor to the Irish Government project (since 2004); also a
>> trainer/consultant in agile, Java, TDD etc.
>> Additional committers are:
>> * Kevin Meyer, South Africa-based freelance developer and business
>> analyst. Kevin has been working primarily in a testing role, both on the
>> SQL Object Store with Rob and on the Wicket viewer with Dan. Kevin has
>> recently started contributing fixes to both.
>> * Dave Slaughter, US-based developer/consultant who is the Lead of the
>> Software and Specialty Engineering group at SM&A. Dave has spent his
>> career in the development of enterprise applications for companies such
>> as Siemens, Sprint and Lockheed Martin. He has started a SWT viewer and
>> has also started improving code coverage of the XML !ObjectStore.
>> * Alexander Krasnukhin, a Swedish-based developer who has spent more
>> than a year developing different applications on Naked Objects v3 and
>> spent six months developing a closed-source GWT viewer for Naked Objects
>> v4.0 for his former employer in Russia. Alexander is interested in
>> developing a new viewer for Android.
>> As a result of a correspondence on the incubator mailing list, we have
>> also had interest from:
>> * Mohammad Nour El-Din, Egypt-based committer to Apache OpenEJB. Nour
>> has helped us with this proposal relating to JSR-299.
>> * Ulrich Stark, committer to Apache Tapestry. Uli has expressed an
>> interest in developing a Tapstry-based viewer.
>> We also have had interest (off list) in developing a Vaadin viewer, and
>> we know of a student masters project that has developed a (different)
>> Android viewer for Naked Objects 4.0, which we're keen to incorporate if
>> we can. We are also hoping that we might persuade Alexander's previous
>> employer to donate their GWT viewer.
>> == Alignment ==
>> The current codebase makes heavy use of Apache projects, including:
>> Maven, log4j, Apache Commons Codec/Collections/CLI/Lang/HttpClient and
>> Wicket.
>> There is a particular opportunity to integrate nicely with both Wicket
>> and Tapestry. Both Wicket and Tapestry are great way of building web
>> UIs, but have little to say about the "back-end". Naked Objects,
>> meanwhile, provides a full runtime environment with pluggable
>> persistence layers, and exposes a metamodel to allow generic or
>> customisable UIs to be built rapidly. The currently in-development
>> !WicketObjects viewer brings Wickets and Naked Objects together, and (as
>> noted above) there has been interest in writing a Tapestry viewer.
>> Another ongoing integration project is the ongoing-development of an
>> object store using MongoDB; the intent is to make this codebase a good
>> basis for other similar object stores, such as Apache CouchDB.
>> There are no Apache projects that we are aware of that compete with
>> Naked Objects. At its heart, NO is (a) a metamodel, and (b) a container
>> that acts as an abstraction over a persistence layer, using the identity
>> map pattern.
>> == Known Risks ==
>> The biggest risk is that we fail to build a diverse community during
>> incubation, opening up the possibility that the project could be 
>> orphaned.
>> That said, there is little risk that either Rob or Dan will move onto
>> other interests; we are both independent consultants and have the
>> resources and inclination to continue working on the codebase. Indeed,
>> with Rob now working only on the Java version (and not the .NET one) and
>> Dan having finished his book, we have more resources now than at any
>> time in the last couple of years.
>> == Inexperience with Open Source ==
>> Although Naked Objects is an open source project, the number of
>> committers is so small then we cannot claim great experience with open
>> source. Neither Rob nor Dan are committers to any other open source
>> project, though both have submitted occasional patches to the various
>> open source projects that we use.
>> We are, however, comfortable users of open source projects. We also
>> appreciate that there are lots of open source projects out there and
>> that most developers will form an impression of a project without
>> necessarily ever trying it out. This is one of the reasons why we feel
>> we need to bring the two different codebases together, and create a
>> standard message about what Apache Isis is about ("rapid development",
>> "domain-driven design", "standard, extensible architecture",
>> "customizable UIs").
>> == Homogeneous Developers ==
>> The two main developers, Rob and Dan, are based in the UK. Although we
>> have collaborated on the framework over the years, we do not work for
>> the same company and are independent.
>> The other developers mentioned in this proposal are based in South
>> Africa, US, Sweden, Egypt and Germany.
>> == Reliance on Salaried Developers ==
>> There are no salaried developers working on the projects. The main
>> developers, Dan and Rob, are both independent consultants. We use
>> non-billable time to work on the codebase, with the view to developing
>> consultancy/services from it.
>> == Documentation ==
>> * [[|Richard
>> Pawson's PhD Thesis]], with foreword by Trygve Reenskaug
>> * Books:
>> * Domain Driven Design using Naked Objects, Dan Haywood
>> * [[|]]
>> * Naked Objects, Richard Pawson and Rob Matthews book Naked Objects
>> * full text available online at
>> [[|]]
>> * [[|]] - current website
>> * [[|]] - Dan's blog to accompany his
>> book
>> * [[|]] - parent to Dan Haywood's
>> sister projects; references the various SF websites for the sister 
>> projects
>> == Source and IP Submission Plan ==
>> As mentioned earlier, the NO framework is ASLv2 but copyright belongs to
>> Naked Objects Group Ltd. NOGL is happy to donate the relevant rights to
>> Apache, while Dan is also happy to donate the various sister projects
>> that he has written. Having a single legal entity - ASF - owning the
>> relevant rights to all this software would be very desirable.
>> == External Dependencies ==
>> Other than the Apache dependencies, all other open source projects used
>> all have ASL v2.0 (eg Google Collections, cglib, objenesis), BSD (eg
>> Hamcrest, ASM), MPL (eg javassist) or similarly permissive licenses. We
>> do also have a soft dependency on an LGPL-licensed library (Hibernate)
>> but during migration would look to migrate to the Apache equivalent
>> (OpenJPA).
>> == Required Resources ==
>> * Subversion
>> * Jira
>> * Hudson CI server
>> * Wiki
>> * Website space
>> == Mailing Lists ==
>> * isis-private
>> * isis-dev
>> * isis-commits
>> * isis-user
>> == Subversion Repository ==
>> == Issue Tracking ==
>> Jira; project known as 'isis'
>> == Initial Committers ==
>> * Robert Matthews
>> * Dan Haywood
>> * Kevin Meyer
>> * Dave Slaughter
>> * Alexander Krasnukhin
>> == Affiliations ==
>> Alexander is employed as a software developer by Zenterio AB. The other
>> committers are independent consultants.
>> == Champion ==
>> [none yet]
>> == Sponsors: Nominated Mentors ==
>> * Vincent Massol
>> * James Carman
>> * [more required]
>> == Sponsor ==
>> Apache Incubator
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