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From Julian Hyde <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Freemarker Incubation proposal
Date Fri, 22 May 2015 23:17:47 GMT
Yes, I recently needed a lightweight templating engine (a single jar with
no dependencies). I considered Freemarker, but rejected it. A
freemarker-lite module would have hit the spot.

Templating may not be sexy anymore, but it is useful for a wide variety of
tasks, and it's not going away.


On May 22, 2015, at 4:04 PM, Ted Dunning <> wrote:

As an interesting aside, increasing the scope of Freemarker might improve

Consider extending to be a Scala templating engine.  Or some similar small
effort that ropes in a new community.

On Fri, May 22, 2015 at 12:43 PM, Jacopo Cappellato <> wrote:

Some misc comments on the great feedback we have received so far (thanks
to all for your help and interest):

* Sergio, Ralph, we are happy to have you as mentors of Freemarker. I have
edited the proposal document to include you in the mentors group; five
mentors is plenty, so we should be good under this aspect. Jacques, you
offered to mentor in another thread; thanks but for mentoring it's required
to be a member of the IPMC or of the ASF

* I agree with Bertrand and Ted that it will be mandatory for this project
to build a larger community: in fact we are aware about this and are
determined to work hard to grow an healthy (even if small) community, if we
will be accepted in the Incubator; some good ideas have been proposed in
this thread by John and Chris about how to do this and we will discuss
other ideas as well

* Julian and Ralph mentioned Velocity as a somewhat similar project; it is
definitely true that there are similarities in scope (they are both Java
template engines) but we don't think that merging them would be a good fit
because there are big differences in the architecture, codebase, philosophy
and history; as you have suggested we are going to include a sentence that
explains the relationship with Velocity in our proposal


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