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From "Shad Storhaug (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (LUCENENET-601) How does one provide monetary donations / sponsorship for your project?
Date Sun, 06 May 2018 17:45:00 GMT

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Shad Storhaug commented on LUCENENET-601:
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As pointed out in the sponsorship document Stefan linked to, most of the money goes to the
Apache infrastructure. The actual Lucene.NET contributors would see none of it unless you
specifically request to do so and Apache agrees. Although donating to Apache might also be
a worthy cause, it would be unlikely to move the Lucene.NET project forward from where it
is now.

 

I would be interested in picking this up again (even part-time) if I were being personally
sponsored for it. I worked on this project full-time for over a year and a half, and would
like to see all of that work go to good use. I stopped just after the 1st of the year because
it was unrealistic to keep going without at least being able to cover my minimum expenses.

The main things that need finishing on Lucene.NET 4.8.0 are:
 # Recently reported bugs
 # The ICU (International Components for Unicode) functionality
 # API documentation
 # An update to the web site
 # Updating the WIKI (personally, I found it confusing what to keep and what to throw out
there)

 

The ICU functionality was what I was working on last. I created a fresh port of the [ICU4J
project|http://site.icu-project.org/] and was hoping to submit my .NET contribution back to
them. I ported about 40% of the project (just the parts that Lucene.NET depends on) at version
60.1, and have successfully made all Lucene.NET tests green. That version was released on
November 1, 2017, but since then the ICU project is nearing completion of version 62. However, when
refactoring APIs I realized how much work there was to get ICU to really interoperate with
.NET. It follows the Java API (and is actually intended to replace the functionality in some
of the Java classes). To really follow their lead, those APIs would need to be .NET-like (for
example, have the same API as {{System.Char}} instead of {{java.text.Character}}). In addition,
it would work best to subclass the .NET {{CultureInfo}} class to be able to make the extended
functionality into a direct replacement for {{CultureInfo}}, and some additional work would
be required to work out how to make the functionality context-sensitive as it is in the rest
of .NET.

That said, the ICU functionality doesn't apply to everyone. I can see uses for some of the
functionality (even in the English-speaking world) but if push came to shove we could do
a release without it and possibly add it at a later point.

We could also realistically release without the web site and WIKI.

 

Please send an email to me at *shad \-\-AT\-\- shadstorhaug.com* to discuss the direction
of the project from here and financial contributions that would actually help to get Lucene.NET
4.8.0 (and possibly future versions) released.

 

 

> How does one provide monetary donations / sponsorship for your project?
> -----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
>                 Key: LUCENENET-601
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/LUCENENET-601
>             Project: Lucene.Net
>          Issue Type: Task
>          Components: ASF Process
>            Reporter: Rob Reynolds
>            Priority: Major
>
> Hi [~NightOwl888] / [~itamar]! 
>  
> We have just kicked off our philanthropy to give back to FOSS projects in the Windows
and .NET space. We've decided to start with projects that we use.
> We'd love to discuss more on this. Can you provide us donation link or paypal email please?



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