incubator-general mailing list archives

Site index · List index
Message view « Date » · « Thread »
Top « Date » · « Thread »
From Chris Nauroth <>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Accept Freemarker into Apache Incubator
Date Fri, 19 Jun 2015 16:21:59 GMT
+1 (binding)

--Chris Nauroth

On 6/19/15, 12:15 AM, "Jacopo Cappellato" <> wrote:

>Following the discussion in the thread [1], I would like to call a VOTE
>to accept Freemarker as a new Apache Incubator project.
>The proposal is available on the wiki at [2] and is also attached to this
>The VOTE is open for at least the next 72 hours:
>[ ] +1 accept Freemarker into the Apache Incubator
>[ ] ±0 Abstain
>[ ] -1 because...
>Thank you,
>Jacopo Cappellato
>Freemarker Apache Incubator Proposal
>Freemarker is a "template engine", i.e., a generic tool to generate text
>output based on templates. Freemarker is implemented in Java as a class
>library for programmers.
>Freemarker is a mature, widely used template engine. We propose to make
>Freemarker a top level project of the Apache Software Foundation,
>primarily so that it can build a stronger developer community, which
>provides more safety, stability and support to the large user base, and
>also helps evolving the engine and its integration with other projects
>(many of which are Apache projects).
>Freemarker is a "template engine"; a generic tool that generates text
>output (HTML web pages, e-mails, configuration files, source code, etc.)
>based on templates and changing data. It's not an application for
>end-users in itself, but a Java library, a component that programmers can
>embed into their products.
>Freemarker was originally created for generating HTML Web pages,
>particularly in servlet-based applications following the MVC pattern.
>It¹s not bound to servlets or HTML, however.
>The Freemarker Template Language (FTL) is not a full-blown programming
>language like PHP. It¹s a simple, specialized language (although among
>template languages it¹s quite flexible). You meant to prepare the data to
>display in a real programming language, like issue database queries and
>do business calculations, and then the template displays that already
>prepared data.
>Freemarker 1.x was initially released under the LGPL license. Later, by
>community consensus, we have switched over to a BSD-style license. As of
>Freemarker 2.2pre1 (2003), the original author, Benjamin Geer, has
>relinquished the copyright in behalf of Visigoth Software Society, a
>nonprofit organization started by Jonathan Revusky. With Freemarker
>2.3.21 (2014) the license has changed to Apache License, Version 2.0, and
>the owner has changed from Visigoth Software Society to three of the
>Freemarker 2.x developers, Attila Szegedi, Daniel Dekany, and Jonathan
>Revusky. Apache License, Version 2.0, is the current license.
>Freemarker is a mature, widely used template engine. While it continues
>to have a large user base, the active developer community has become
>rather small at this point, and we think that the "Apache Way" governance
>model and being part of the ASF (together with other projects that are
>already using Freemarker) would help to bring new life and energy to the
>project to better support the maintenance and improvements of the
>Freemarker codebase. A larger community may also help to improve tooling
>(such as IDE plugins) and integration with popular frameworks (such as
>Spring MVC, Struts, etc.), which could foster the adoption of Freemarker.
>Last but not least, being under the Apache umbrella would put the project
>into a more trustworthy legal context, which also helps adoption,
>particularly among bigger corporate users.
>We believe that Freemarker should become a Top Level Project as opposed
>to a subproject because it has a long history and already a large feature
>set, codebase and documentation and there is a lot of room for innovation
>and improvement that would involve more community management; governance
>and autonomy to make its own direction and manage its own community may
>be important long term factors for the success of the project.
>A template engine is a template language with the basic infrastructure
>around it (configuring, caching, etc.). A template language is a language
>specialized on generating text based on changing data. Template languages
>like Freemarker Template Language are by design much simpler than general
>purpose languages, while providing convenient specialized language
>devices for tasks that are frequent during text generation.
>Template engines, like Freemarker, play an important role in applications
>that leverage the MVC (Model View Controller) pattern; for example,
>several web applications and web application framework implement the MVC
>pattern in the user interface layer: the appearance of a page can be
>changed without programmers having to change or recompile code, because
>the application logic (for example a Java program or a Groovy script) and
>page design (for example a Freemarker template) are separated. Freemarker
>is used to implement the View (V) component of the MVC pattern.
>Freemarker is also used for generating e-mail, configuration files, and
>pretty much anything that¹s text. The same governing MVC principles apply
>there too, which helps to split the problem to more manageable pieces.
>Freemarker is a mature, stable, proven and feature rich template engine.
>While there are multiple alternative template engines for Java, after
>more than 15 years of life, Freemarker is still one of the most
>featureful and most widely used product in the category of templating
>engines for the Java platform. Despite its age, Freemarker still has
>potential to improve its functionality without breaking out-of-the-box
>backward compatibility, like fixing historical design mishaps, adopting
>proven ideas from template languages of other platforms, or to innovate
>with novel solutions to common templating problems.
>Freemarker is integrated in several proprietary and open source products
>such as Apache Struts, Apache OFBiz, Apache Camel, Liferay, Alfresco,
>Magnolia, and new open source frameworks such as Moqui. Some popular
>IDEs, including IntelliJ and Eclipse, have plugins for the development of
>Freemarker templates.
>With Freemarker joining the ASF, we hope that more developers would be
>able to join the effort and help improve and maintain the codebase, build
>new features and tools that could foster the long-term future of the
>Current Status
>Freemarker is a mature product created and maintained by a small open
>source community for more than 15 years.
>Currently Freemarker provides a fully functional implementation licensed
>under ALv2. The project home is at and the
>majority of development is coordinated via Sourceforge
>( and GitHub
>The project sports detailed documentation and a big ecosystem of projects
>leveraging it. In fact, quite a few existing ASF project have various
>integrations with Freemarker (OFBiz, Struts, Camel etc.).
>Freemarker has been run by a few core project members with a few
>contributions coming from a wide community of participants in the
>project. In the past, core project members have emerged because of their
>activity and merits as contributors. The Freemarker community is open to
>new ideas and to revisit old ones.
>The committers and contributors that were actively involved in the
>project will be encouraged to join the new incubating community.
>We want to expand our developer and user community and run the Freemarker
>project in the "Apache Way" clearly signaling not only the licensing, but
>also the governance choice.
>Users and new contributors will be treated with respect and welcomed;
>they will earn merit in the project by providing quality patches and
>support that move the project forward. Those with a proven support and
>quality patch track record will be encouraged to become committers.
>Committers that will work for the growth and health of the community will
>be invited to become PMC members.
>There are currently just a few active core team members in the project
>and a small group of occasional contributors. The user base is quite
>large and composed by end users (developers using Freemarker for their
>job) and other open source projects.
>Core Developers
>Core developers are used to work in the openly governed communities. The
>core developers are not currently affiliated with the ASF.
>The Freemarker product is already licensed under ALv2 and has been
>created and maintained by an open source community for more than a
>decade. Freemarker has been integrated into Apache OFBiz, Apache Struts,
>Apache Camel, Apache Tiles and other projects. Becoming part of the ASF
>family can strengthen the collaboration with these and other projects.
>Known Risks
>While the Freemarker product is stable and very widely used, in the
>recent years the active core developer community practically has shrunk
>to one person (Daniel Dekany). The core group should grow by attracting
>new contributors in order to ensure continued maintenance in the future,
>and to win resources that helps Freemarker to evolve faster next to the
>maintenance burden.
>In fact, if Freemarker will be accepted in the Incubator, the main goal
>during the incubation phase will be attracting new contributors and
>growing the community with an "Apache Way" governance model.
>Orphaned products
>The Freemarker project is backed up by an open source community that has
>created and maintained the product for more than 15 years.
>Inexperience with Open Source
>The proposers are experienced open source developers. Freemarker to date
>has been developed as an open source project.
>Homogeneous Developers
>The Freemarker community is not backed up by any corporation and is
>diverse in terms of geography and backgrounds of developers.
>Reliance on Salaried Developers
>The Freemarker contributors are volunteers that are not paid for their
>contributions to the project.
>Relationships with Other Apache Products
>Freemarker is an independent product but there are some relationships
>with other Apache products. Freemarker currently uses some Apache
>products, mostly in its build process (for example Apache Ant, Apache
>Ivy, Apache Xalan). Freemarker has been integrated into other Apache
>products such as Apache OFBiz, Apache Struts, Apache Camel, Apache Tiles.
>Becoming part of the ASF family could strengthen the collaboration with
>these and other projects. Apache Velocity is similar in purpose to
>Freemarker and both address similar needs for a template language in text
>generating applications. However Freemarker and Apache Velocity have a
>very different philosophy, design and implementation and there is a
>sufficient user base and history for both projects to justify their
>independent existence.
>An Excessive Fascination with the Apache Brand
>While we intend to leverage the Apache Œbranding¹ when talking to other
>projects as testament of our project¹s Œneutrality¹, we have no plans for
>making use of Apache brand in press releases nor posting billboards
>advertising acceptance of Freemarker into Apache Incubator.
>A mature project website is available at In the website a
>complete manual is available:
>Initial Source
>Initial source is available on GitHub under the ALv2:
>	€ The template engine itself
>	€ Generates the Web
>	€ Transforms an XDocBook subset to
>HTML; used for the Freemarker Manual. (Also for the Web site in the
>Source and Intellectual Property Submission Plan
>We know of no legal encumberments in the way of transfer of source to
>Apache. The copyright holders are the three main contributors in the
>history of the project, of which one is the current maintainer and main
>actor in this incubation process. The other two have been contacted to
>sign the Software License Agreement.
>External Dependencies
>The dependencies all have Apache compatible licenses.
>Required Resources
>Mailing lists
>	€ (moderated subscriptions)
>	€
>	€ (commits, CI reports)
>Git Repository
>	€ the
>template engine itself
>	€
>generates the Web site
>	€ 
>transforms an XDocBook subset to HTML; used for the Freemarker Manual
>(also for the Web site in the future).
>Issue Tracking
>Initial Committers
>	€ Dániel Dékány, ddekany at
>	€ Evangelia Dendramis, evangeliad at
>	€ Independent: Dániel Dékány
>	€ Independent: Evangelia Dendramis
>Jacopo Cappellato
>Nominated Mentors
>	€ David E. Jones - Apache Member
>	€ Jacopo Cappellato - Apache Member
>	€ Jean-Frederic Clere - Incubator PMC
>	€ Ralph Goers - Incubator PMC
>	€ Sergio Fernández - Incubator PMC
>Sponsoring Entity
>We would like to propose Apache Incubator to sponsor this project.

To unsubscribe, e-mail:
For additional commands, e-mail:

View raw message