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From Furkan KAMACI <furkankam...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] New blockchain project: Cava
Date Wed, 06 Feb 2019 18:18:44 GMT
Hi Antonie,

Thanks for the proposal! Feel free to ask any questions about it. By the
way, right along with being an initial committer, I would like to help as a
mentor too.

Kind Regards,
Furkan KAMACI

On Wed, Feb 6, 2019 at 9:10 PM Antoine Toulme <antoine@toulme.name> wrote:

> All, thank you for your expressions of interest.
>
> I have listed all names reported here and a few more colleagues and
> contributors in the page:
>
> https://wiki.apache.org/incubator/CavaProposal <
> https://wiki.apache.org/incubator/CavaProposal>
>
> In particular, thank you for the folks stepping forward to volunteer to
> mentor this project. I have listed you all on the page for now.
>
> There is still a couple of TBD points on the proposal. I will address them
> in a new thread.
> I will also leave this proposal open until Monday next week, so we can
> guarantee maximum public participation. I will engage with the incubator
> early next week on next steps.
>
> Cheers,
>
> Antoine
>
> > On Feb 6, 2019, at 5:02 AM, Pierre Smits <pierresmits@apache.org> wrote:
> >
> > Hi Antoine,
> >
> > Thank you for bringing this proposal to the Apache Incubator. So I gladly
> > give my +1.
> >
> > Having a background in accounting and being one of the Apache OFBiz
> > contributors I am very interested in blockchain technology, while being
> > very interested in applying its functionalities in an ERP setting like
> > Apache OFBiz is.
> >
> > While the Apache Trafodion project was in incubation I was very much
> > involved in helping (mentoring) that project towards graduation, which it
> > has successively done. I would like to help out as one of the mentors,
> and
> > as a contributor/committer (of the other kind).
> >
> > Best regards,
> >
> > Pierre Smits
> >
> > *Apache Trafodion <https://trafodion.apache.org>, Vice President & PMC
> > Chair*
> > *Apache Directory <https://directory.apache.org>, PMC Member*
> > Apache Incubator <https://incubator.apache.org>, committer
> > *Apache OFBiz <https://ofbiz.apache.org>, contributor (without
> privileges)
> > since 2008*
> > Apache Steve <https://steve.apache.org>, committer
> >
> >
> > On Tue, Feb 5, 2019 at 11:42 PM Antoine Toulme <antoine@toulme.name>
> wrote:
> >
> >> Hi all,
> >>
> >> We’d like to start a conversation around a new proposal for a set of
> >> Java-based blockchain project.
> >>
> >> I have written a proposal available here, and reproduced below:
> >> https://wiki.apache.org/incubator/CavaProposal <
> >> https://wiki.apache.org/incubator/CavaProposal>
> >>
> >> At this time, we have a champion, Jim Jagielski (thanks Jim), and would
> >> like to recruit additional developers and mentors.
> >>
> >> We have deliberately left room on the project charter to engage openly
> >> with the community. That said, we would start the project with code
> coming
> >> from ConsenSys, and we will recruit developers from there and elsewhere
> >> actively.
> >>
> >> The goal of this thread is engage with the community and gather interest
> >> for participation in the project. Please let us know what you think!
> >>
> >> Cheers,
> >>
> >> Antoine Toulme
> >>
> >> == Abstract ==
> >> Cava is a set of libraries and other tools to aid development of
> >> blockchain and other decentralized software in Java and other JVM
> languages.
> >>
> >> Please note: Cava is a contraction of "ConsenSys Java". The community
> >> should consider an alternate name.
> >>
> >> = Proposal =
> >>
> >> Cava is a set of libraries and other tools to aid development of
> >> blockchain and other decentralized software in Java and other JVM
> languages.
> >> It includes a low-level bytes library, serialization and deserialization
> >> codecs (e.g. RLP), various cryptography functions and primatives, and
> lots
> >> of other helpful utilities.
> >> Cava is developed for JDK 1.8 or higher, and depends on various other
> FOSS
> >> libraries.
> >>
> >> === Background ===
> >>
> >> Cava was built as an open source project from the grounds up to
> accelerate
> >> the maturation of the blockchain ecosystem, particularly in relation
> with
> >> enterprise products predominantly built in Java.
> >> Cava is used by several products today: Orion, Pantheon, and Artemis
> from
> >> Pegasys.
> >>
> >> Cava libraries are also used in various experiments regarding
> scalability,
> >> such as Canto.
> >>
> >> Several other community members would want to leverage Cava and would
> >> benefit from working directly on the project outside of the influence of
> >> the original corporate sponsor, ConsenSys.
> >>
> >> === Rationale ===
> >>
> >> Cava is organized as set of libraries that form the basis of most
> >> blockchain, distributed ledgers or cryptography work.
> >>
> >> Most of the work built for Cava was meant for Ethereum, but can be
> reused
> >> across other blockchain technologies.
> >>
> >> There is a need for blockchain implementors to use well trusted,
> >> production-ready software to bootstrap their efforts.
> >>
> >> === Initial Goals ===
> >>
> >> The goal is to form a community of developers and adopters who will be
> >> able to collaborate openly around blockchain technologies and mature
> >> frameworks
> >> to reduce risk when implementing blockain-related projects.
> >>
> >> === Current Status ===
> >>
> >> The project is well established and counts 2 active committers. Some
> >> contributions were made from the community.
> >>
> >> The project has made several releases, distributed through Maven
> Central,
> >> with GPG signatures and proper Maven metadata published.
> >>
> >> '''Meritocracy:'''
> >>
> >> Active discussions on github issues and PRs has helped identify new
> >> possible commiters.
> >>
> >> Our main goal, moving to Apache is to promote our project as a
> meritocracy
> >> under the guideline of the Apache Way to help foster a community around
> our
> >> efforts.
> >>
> >> * '''Community:'''
> >>
> >> Blockchain protocol developers organize well in communities, and some
> >> lively discussions take place over Twitter, Gitter, Telegram.
> >>
> >> We would like to create a community for dedicated Java developers to
> >> contribute to the blockchain space.
> >>
> >> We currently have a little activity through the channels mentioned
> above,
> >> but no channel dedicated specifically to Cava is seeing a lot of
> traction.
> >>
> >> * '''Core Developers:'''
> >>
> >> Cava was built by two developers with a long experience in open source
> >> work. Both lead separate open source projects.
> >> One of the developers is the PMC Chair for Apache Buildr and a committer
> >> for Apache ODE.
> >>
> >> * '''Alignment:'''
> >>
> >> We believe there isn't a blockchain TLP for Java at Apache at this time
> >> and would like to participate in establishing a presence in that domain
> of
> >> expertise.
> >>
> >> We would rely and integrate closely with a number of projects hosted by
> >> the ASF such as Apache Camel.
> >>
> >> '''Known Risks'''
> >>
> >> * '''Orphaned products''':
> >>
> >> The contributors are committed to the development of the blockchain
> space
> >> and are employed by a leading vendor in blockchain.
> >>
> >> The source code is used in a production setting by critical projects.
> >>
> >> However, the number of initial developers and contributors is small, and
> >> we will need to ramp up our recruitment efforts.
> >>
> >> * '''Inexperience with Open Source:'''
> >>
> >> The project was started from scratch as an open source project. All
> >> committers have experience with open source projects.
> >>
> >> We did not make the effort of creating a detailed roadmap and
> organizing a
> >> collaborative approach to reaching to the community for feedback.
> >> We aim to rely on the ASF infrastructure, especially Jira, to help
> create
> >> more visibility in this regard.
> >>
> >> * '''Length of Incubation:'''
> >>
> >> We will remain in incubation for a period of no less than a year so we
> >> can properly invest and build a community of users, contributors and
> >> committers around our goals.
> >>
> >> * '''Homogenous Developers:'''
> >>
> >> The current list of committers is made of folks working or having worked
> >> for the same company.
> >> We will aggressively expand to new populations of developers, from a
> >> geographical and domain perspective.
> >>
> >> We believe there is a category of enterprise Java developers who are not
> >> experimenting with blockchain technologies because it looks immature or
> is
> >> built in other languages.
> >> We believe addressing this gap will help create a healthy community
> around
> >> the project.
> >>
> >> * '''Reliance on Salaried Developers''':
> >>
> >> The project is made first and foremost of volunteers. One of the initial
> >> committers is salaried by one of the sponsors.
> >>
> >> Given the level of interest into the project, we firmly believe the
> >> project would continue without salaried developers contributing to the
> >> project.
> >>
> >> * '''Relationships with Other Apache Products:'''
> >>
> >> We will work with other Apache and open source projects to help ensure
> we
> >> offer developers using our framework a cohesive approach to building
> >> blockchain middleware products.
> >> Currently the project doesn't have strong tie ins to other Apache
> >> projects, but we will investigate how to strenghten our relationships
> with
> >> middleware integration projects such as Apache Camel, queues and
> transport
> >> projects such as Apache Kafka, and database projects such as Apache
> Ignite
> >> and Apache Cassandra.
> >>
> >> * '''A Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand:'''
> >>
> >> We rely on the Apache Way to help bake in the best community around our
> >> project. We are educated about the sensitivity of the Apache brand and
> how
> >> to best preserve it.
> >> We will make sure to work with  the Incubator PMC and the PRC to ensure
> >> the brand policies are respected.
> >>
> >> '''Documentation'''
> >>
> >> You can read more about Cava at our current github repository:
> >> https://www.github.com/consensys/Cava
> >>
> >> We publish as part of each build a complete project documentation in
> Dokka
> >> and Javadoc formats:
> >> https://consensys.github.io/cava/docs/kotlin/0.6.0/cava/
> >>
> >> '''Initial Source'''
> >>
> >> All initial source is under the git repository present at
> >> https://www.github.com/consensys/Cava.
> >>
> >> The source is under Apache License v2.0. All source files have headers
> >> with a copyright notice.
> >>
> >> All contributors have signed a ICLA to assign copyright to ConsenSys,
> AG.
> >>
> >>
> >> '''Source and Intellectual Property Submission Plan'''
> >>
> >> The source is under Apache License v2.0. All source files have headers
> >> with a copyright notice.
> >>
> >> All contributors have signed a ICLA to assign copyright to ConsenSys,
> AG.
> >>
> >> We have no web properties (domain names or hosted content) outside of
> the
> >> github repository and the bintray repository.
> >>
> >> '''External Dependencies''':
> >>
> >> The dependencies all have Apache compatible licenses. These include
> >>   BSD, CDDL, CPL, MPL and MIT licensed dependencies.
> >> A report of the dependencies is compiled and checked for valid licenses
> >> for each build, the latest is:
> >>
> >>
> https://851-137528592-gh.circle-artifacts.com/0/reports/license/license-dependency.html
> >>
> >>
> >> '''Cryptography'''
> >>
> >> The proposal involves cryptographic code directly and indirectly.
> >>
> >> '''Required Resources''':
> >>
> >> * '''Mailing lists:'''
> >>
> >>   * private@cava.incubator.apache.org (with moderated subscriptions)
> >>   * dev@cava.incubator.apache.org
> >>   * users@cava.incubator.apache.org
> >>   * commits@cava.incubator.apache.org
> >>
> >> * '''Subversion Directory:'''
> >>
> >> https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator/cava
> >>
> >> * '''Git Repositories:'''
> >>
> >> https://git-wip-us.apache.org/repos/asf/incubator-cava.git
> >>
> >> * '''Issue Tracking:'''
> >>
> >> JIRA Cava (CAVA)
> >>
> >> '''Initial Committers'''
> >>
> >> Antoine Toulme (toulmean at apache dot org) *
> >>
> >> '''Interested Developers'''
> >>
> >> TBD
> >>
> >> '''Sponsors'''
> >>
> >> ConsenSys would sponsor this project.
> >>
> >> * '''Champion:'''
> >>
> >> Jim Jagielski ( jim at apache dot org )
> >>
> >> * '''Nominated Mentors:'''
> >>
> >> Jim Jagielski ( jim at apache dot org )
> >>
> >> * '''Sponsoring Entity''':
> >>
> >> TBD - the incubator?
> >>
> >>
>
>

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