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Droids

19 Aug 2015

Droids aims to be an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows to
create and extend existing droids (robots).

Droids has been incubating since 2008-10-09.

Shepherd/Mentor notes:

 johndament:
   Did not report.  Podling seems to be in bad shape.  Prior reports
   indicated similar issues.

20 May 2015

Droids aims to be an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows to
create and extend existing droids (robots).

Droids has been incubating since 2008-10-09.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

 1. Activity
 2. Name Search

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
aware of?

 None.

 Name search needs to be concluded. Availability looks better this quarter
 for completing that task.

How has the community developed since the last report?

 No change

How has the project developed since the last report?

 No Change

Date of last release:

 2012-10-15

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 2012-05-07

Signed-off-by:

 [x](droids) Thorsten Scherler
 [x](droids) Richard Frovarp

Shepherd/Mentor notes:

 Chris Mattmann:

   Droids has been incubating for quite a while - is it time to graduate or
   retire?

18 Feb 2015

Droids aims to be an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows to
create and extend existing droids (robots).

Droids has been incubating since 2008-10-09.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

 1. Activity
 2. Name Search

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
aware of?

 None.

 We need to continue the name search. Branding has replied to the issue and
 provided additional searches that need to performed. It is hoped that
 these can be finished in the new couple weeks.

How has the community developed since the last report?

 No change.

How has the project developed since the last report?

 No change.

Date of last release:

 2012-10-15

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 2012-05-07


Signed-off-by:

 [ ](droids) Thorsten Scherler
 [x](droids) Richard Frovarp

19 Nov 2014

Droids aims to be an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows to
create and extend existing droids (robots).

Droids has been incubating since 2008-10-09.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

 1. Activity
 2. Name Search

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
aware of?

None. The previous goal of the name search has began. Ant Elder is
assisting us in the search.
https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/PODLINGNAMESEARCH-59

How has the community developed since the last report?

 No change.

How has the project developed since the last report?

 No change.

Date of last release:

 2012-10-15

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 2012-05-07

Signed-off-by:

 [x](droids) Thorsten Scherler
 [x](droids) Richard Frovarp

20 Aug 2014

Droids aims to be an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows to
create and extend existing droids (robots).

Droids has been incubating since 2008-10-09.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

 1. Activity
 2. Name Search

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
aware of?

None. The previous goal of conducting the name search was not met due to
time availability. Outlook is much more promising this quarter.

How has the community developed since the last report?
 No change. Name search is one big outstanding piece to complete, and it is
 rather intimidating.  It is hoped that one of the more experienced individuals
 will have time to complete it this quarter.  That should help with
 participation once the final name is known.


How has the project developed since the last report?

 No change.

Date of last release:

 2012-10-15

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 2012-05-07

Signed-off-by:

 [x](droids) Thorsten Scherler
 [X](droids) Richard Frovarp

21 May 2014

Droids aims to be an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows to
create and extend existing droids (robots).

Droids has been incubating since 2008-10-09.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

 1. Activity
 2. Name Search

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
aware of?

 None. The goal is to complete the name search this quarter.

How has the community developed since the last report?

 No change. Name search is one big outstanding piece to complete, and it is
 rather intimidating.  It is hoped that one of the more experienced
 individuals will have time to complete it this quarter.  That should help
 with participation once the final name is known.

How has the project developed since the last report?

 No change.

Date of last release:

 2012-10-15

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 2012-05-07

Signed-off-by:

 [x](droids) Thorsten Scherler
 [X](droids) Richard Frovarp

19 Feb 2014

Droids aims to be an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows to
create and extend existing droids (robots).

Droids has been incubating since 2008-10-09.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

 1. Activity

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
aware of?

 None, beside the real low traffic on mailing list and source code commits.

How has the community developed since the last report?

 No changes to community.

How has the project developed since the last report?

 The project has been very quiet / dormant for the past half year.

Date of last release:

 2012-10-15

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 2012-05-07

Signed-off-by:

 [X](droids) Thorsten Scherler
 [X](droids) Richard Frovarp

Shepherd/Mentor notes:

 John Ament (johndament):

   Droids is a long standing podling, with a robust code base but without
   much need for frequent releases.  I think graduating into an existing
   TLP (not their own TLP) would be a good resolution, it helps avoid some
   of the over head of many binding votes to carry on while still
   maintaining an area to work in.  The people working on droids were fast
   to respond and give feedback on what's happening, but like is mentioned
   the list is not very active (in the past 6 months, the main
   conversations going on were around status of the project).

20 Nov 2013

Droids aims to be an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows to
create and extend existing droids (robots).

Droids has been incubating since 2008-10-09.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

 1. Activity

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
aware of?

 None

How has the community developed since the last report?

 No changes to community.

How has the project developed since the last report?

 The project has been very quiet / dormant for the past quarter.

Date of last release:

 2012-10-15

When were the last committers or PMC members elected?

 2012-05-07

Signed-off-by:

 [ ](droids) Thorsten Scherler
 [x](droids) Richard Frovarp

21 Aug 2013

Droids aims to be an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows to
create and extend existing droids (robots).

Droids has been incubating since 2008-10-09.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

 1. Activity

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be
aware of?

None

How has the community developed since the last report?

There has been no change in the community. The summer months have been
very quiet. There are enough active people for a viable PMC.

How has the project developed since the last report?

Quiet quarter.

Date of last release:

 2012-10-15

Signed-off-by:

 [ ](droids) Thorsten Scherler
 [x](droids) Richard Frovarp

Shepherd notes:

15 May 2013

Droids aims to be an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows to
create and extend existing droids (robots).

Droids has been incubating since 2008-10-09.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

 1. Activity

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be aware of?

None

How has the community developed since the last report?

There has been no change in the active members of the community.
There are enough active people to form a viable PMC.

How has the project developed since the last report?

Development this quarter has been slow after the flury of development
last quarter. The codebase has a decent level of maturity, so a lot of
changes isn't expected.

Please check this [ ] when you have filled in the report for Droids.

Signed-off-by:
Thorsten Scherler: [X](droids)
Richard Frovarp: [X](droids)


Shepherd notes:

20 Feb 2013

Droids aims to be an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows to
create and extend existing droids (robots).

Droids has been incubating since 2008-10-09.

Three most important issues to address in the move towards graduation:

 1. Diversity is still an issue for the podling. Activity has picked up in
    the recent months, helping with the diversity of those involved.
 2. A different name is most likely needed. Droid is now largely associated
    with Android.

Any issues that the Incubator PMC (IPMC) or ASF Board wish/need to be aware of?
 None.

How has the community developed since the last report?

 Commons was approached to see if that was a viable option for graudation.
 It is unsure that would be a good fit. Other TLPs may be a better fit,
 but it is unknown how sub-projects would be handled or if they would be
 allowed.

 Development activity has picked up in the past two months, since just
 before Christmas. Most of the development is by one developer, but others
 have been involved. If this level of activity continues for the next month,
 Droids may be ready for graduation.

How has the project developed since the last report?

 Development activity has greatly increased in the recent months.
 There have been strides to make the code base cleaner, and easier to use.

Signed-off-by:
Thorsten Scherler: [x](droids)
Richard Frovarp: [x](droids)


Shepherd notes:

21 Nov 2012

Droids is an Incubator project arrived from Apache Labs. Droids entered
incubation on October, 2008.

It's an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows one to create
and extend existing web robots.

Issues before graduation :

 Diversity is still an issue for the podling. More activity will
 help the diversity problem.

 Commons was very recently contacted to see what options exist for
 graduating into Commons and if it would be beneficial for both communities.

Recent Activity:

 Apache Droids incubating 0.2 was released on August 9th, 2012.
 This marks the second release for the project.

 Members of the community met up at ApacheCon EU to discuss ideas and options.
 In accordance with ASF guidelines, no voteable decisions were made during
 those discussions.

Signed-off-by: rfrovarp, bimargulies

15 Aug 2012

Droids is an Incubator project arrived from Apache Labs. Droids entered
incubation on October, 2008.

It's an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows one to create
and extend existing web robots.

Issues before graduation :

 Diversity is still an issue for the podling. More activity will help the
 diversity problem.

 Activity is still an issue for the podling. The podling has attempted
 to make its second release. However, it is having difficulty securing
 the necessary votes from IPMC members. The difficulty in making a release
 discourages activity.

 It was discussed on general@i.a.o by IPMC members after last quarter's
 report that it might be possible to graduate into Commons. The project
 has not approached the Commons PMC about this possibility at this time,
 but will be explored in the next quarter.

Signed-off-by:  rfrovarp, mfranklin, jukka
IPMC comments:
 jukka: two consecutive quarters with low activity, +1 to approaching Commons

16 May 2012

Droids is an Incubator project arrived from Apache Labs. Droids entered
incubation on October, 2008.

It's an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows one to create
and extend existing web robots.

Tobias Rübner has been voted in and added as a committer and PPMC member.

Issues before graduation :

 Diversity is still an issue for the podling. The addition of Tobias
 is a step towards remedying that.

Signed off by mentor: rfrovarp

15 Feb 2012

Droids is an Incubator project arrived from Apache Labs. Droids entered
incubation on October, 2008.

It's an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows one to create
and extend existing web robots.

Richard Frovarp has been added as a mentor to the project.

IP clearance has been taken care of and was done prior to the release that
was performed. That issue should not have been in the last report.

Issues before graduation :

 The biggest obstacle for graduation is obtaining a diverse group of active
 committers. 95% of the commits over the past 6 months were by a single
 committer. The project needs to engage the committers that exist and
 identify new people to bring into the project. The goal for the next
 quarter is to elicit more activity.

Signed off by mentor: rfrovarp, thorsten

21 Dec 2011

Droids is an Incubator project arrived from Apache Labs. Droids entered
incubation on October, 2008.

It's an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows one to create and
extend existing web robots.

The last three months have been focused on our first official release, which
we finally did. The long hold off has been a bit of a community burner, let
us hope that we sparkle the spirit we had in the last report.

Issues before graduation :

 * IP clearance

16 Nov 2011

Droids is an Incubator project arrived from Apache Labs. Droids entered
incubation on October, 2008.

It's an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows one to create and
extend existing web robots.

The last three months have been focused on our first official release, which
we finally did. The long hold off has been a bit of a community burner, let
us hope that we sparkle the spirit we had in the last report.

Issues before graduation :

 * IP clearance

17 Aug 2011

Droids is an Incubator project arrived from Apache Labs. Droids entered
incubation on October, 2008.

It's an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows one to create and
extend existing web robots.

The last three months have been very productive and focused on our first
official release. However a discussion on the general incubator list raised
concern about the absence of binding votes of IPMC members. This leaded to
abort the first release. In the last member meeting we selected one of our
Droids committer as member and he subscribed now to the incubator PMC to
have a binding vote as well.

Issues before graduation :

* Do a release
* IP clearance

19 May 2011

Droids is an Incubator project arrived from Apache Labs. Droids entered
incubation on October, 2008.

It's an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows one to create and
extend existing web robots.

The last three months have been very productive for the project since
mailing and issue tracking activity have been very good. Our two new
committer have driven our first release which is planed for this month. More
people appeared on the mailing list and especially one dev is driving
constantly enhancement in our issue tracker.

Issues before graduation :

 * IP clearance

16 Feb 2011

Droids is an Incubator project arrived from Apache Labs. Droids
entered incubation on October, 2008.

It's an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows one to
create and extend existing web robots.

After the question to close the project coming from the board many
quite user/devs step forward and expressed their desire to prevent
that from happening. The last three months have been very productive
for the project since mailing and issue tracking activity have been
very good. Two new committer has entered the project and started to
commit.

Issues before graduation :

 * Do a release
 * IP clearance

17 Nov 2010

DID NOT REPORT.

18 Aug 2010

Droids is an Incubator project arrived from Apache Labs. Droids entered
incubation on October, 2008.

It's an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows one to create and
extend existing web robots.

What we've completed in the last months:

 * new elected committers: Bertil Chapuis and Richard Frovarp, there have
been a miss-understanding of the vote calling for this committers. We have
to redo them on the general list.
 * many people have joined the last three month and the incoming patches are
getting applied by a couple of "old committers"
 * release preparation are under going, but stop due to the lack of a
release manager

Issues before graduation :

 * Do a release
 * IP clearance

19 May 2010

Droids is an Incubator project arrived from Apache Labs. Droids entered
incubation on October, 2008.

It's an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows one to create and
extend existing web robots.

What we've completed in the last months:

* new elected committers: Bertil Chapuis and Richard Frovarp;
* the community has organized a community day to fix nearly all open
tickets with patch
* release preparation are under going

Issues before graduation :

* Do a release
* IP clearance

17 Feb 2010

Droids is an Incubator project arrived from Apache Labs. Droids entered
incubation on October, 2008.

It's an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows one to create and
extend existing web robots.

What we've completed in the last months:

 * new elected committer Javier Puerto is waiting since over three month
for account creation;
 * more people sending patches;
 * the community is trying to organize a community day to fix current
tickets

Issues before graduation :

 * Do a release
 * Grow community
 * IP clearance

18 Nov 2009

** DID NOT REPORT ***

19 Aug 2009

Droids is an Incubator project arrived from Apache Labs. Droids entered
incubation on October, 2009.

It's an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows one to create and
extend existing web robots.

Things are charging along in Droids. We have a new committer "Mingfai Ma"
with new ideas and another real life use case. He committed some ideas to the
sandbox which are going steady into the core distribution. More people are
subscribed lately to the mailing list and we received some patches from
different new developers. The patches had been incorporated in our
repository already.

Still the focus is on evolving the design and building a larger community.


= Empire-db =

Empire-db is a relational data persistence component that aims to overcome
the difficulties, pitfalls and restrictions inherent in traditional Object
Relational Management (ORM) approaches.
Empire-db is on the Apache Incubator since July 2008.

Recent activities:

Following a rather quiet period in April and May development activities have
significantly improved in June and July.
The main goal of the development team was to finally complete the release of
the Empire-db-2.0.5 release including Maven project management. The new
release is now in the staging area and we are currently waiting for our
mentors to approve the release, before we move on to get approval of the
IPMC.

Community aspects:

Recently code submissions from outside the current development team were
received by users from different countries and backgrounds. The submissions
are currently under review and are under consideration for an upcoming
release. This gives us reasons to believe that the community is growing and
demand for Empire-db is rising.

20 May 2009

Droids is an Incubator project arrived from Apache Labs. Droids entered
incubation on October, 2009.

It's an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows one to
create and extend existing web robots.

Things are charging along in Droids. The presentations had been successfully
seeded interest in Droids at both
BarCamp and Lightning Talks at ApacheCon EU. In the weeks after the
ApacheCon more people subsrcibed to the mailing list
and we received quite a lot of patches from Mingfai Ma. The patches had been
incooperated in our repository already.
One of the initial 3 committers has gone inactive.

Now the focus is on evolving the design and building a larger community.

18 Feb 2009

** DID NOT REPORT **

21 Jan 2009

Droids is a new Incubator project recently arrived from Apache Labs (end
October). It's an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows one to
create and extend existing web robots.

Things have been quiet this month in Droids. We focus on evolving the design
and building a larger community.


= Empire-db =

Empire-db is a relational data persistence component that aims to overcome
the difficulties, pitfalls and restrictions inherent in traditional Object
Relational Management (ORM) approaches. Empire-db is on the Apache Incubator
since July 2008.

Recent activity:

After the acceptance and publication of the first Apache release in October
there has been a discussion going on about what would be the most important
improvement for the upcoming release. A suggestion was made to provide a
Maven like distribution that will allow to access and build Empire-db with
Maven instead of the classic .jar file distribution with Ant build files.
While the benefits of this suggestion were soon agreed upon on the developer
mailing list, this started a long and verbose discussion on how to go about
the issue. Ideas ranged from a basic and slow transition to a Maven big
bang.

Since the core development team had no experience with Maven it was also
necessary to find someone with the skills to get it right. We were happy to
find a community member who was capable and willing to perform this task.
After different transition models have been discussed he was given the
freedom to decide on the most suitable approach. Since then the Maven
transition has been going on in a different SVN branch that is planned to be
merged with the trunk for the next release.

Besides that the developers participated in discussions and blogs about
relational data persistence on non Apache sites such as
www.theserverside.com. An interesting article here
http://fromapitosolution.blogspot.com/2008/12/criticism-of-java-persistence.
html proves that this is still a hot topic with many who could benefit from
Emipre-db.

Plans for the future are:
 * Finish the Maven transition and provide a Maven style release
 * Provide further documentation and example applications

Community aspects:
For the transition to a Maven style distribution we were happy to find a new
committer for our project. Francis De Brabandere who we believe has
excellent Maven skills offered his services and was accepted by the current
development team and the mentors.

17 Dec 2008

Droids is a new Incubator project recently arrived from Apache Labs (end
October). It's an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows one to
create and extend existing web robots.

Things have been quiet this month in Droids. We focus on evolving the design
and building a larger community.

19 Nov 2008

Droids is a new Incubator project recently arrived from Apache Labs (end
October).
It's an intelligent standalone robot framework that allows one to
create and extend existing web robots.

Things are charging along in Droids. The code has been moved over in
SVN, a website setup, JIRA project migrated and a wiki location
defined. There is much coding and redesign activity from the initial 3
committers and Thorsten successfully seeded interest in Droids at both
BarCamp and FastFeather Talks at ApacheCon US.

Now the focus is on evolving the design and building a larger community.


= Empire-db =

Empire-db is a relational data access layer offering special benefits over
other solutions through string-free dynamic query generation, metadata
access and improved compile-time safety.

Empire-db has been accepted to the incubator in July 2008.

Recent activity:

In October only a few minor bug fixes and improvements for both the core
database component and the Struts2 extensions library have been provided.

Still on our list is the maven support for the upcoming 2.0.5 release.
Another idea is to provide an example for how to integrate Web-Services in a
Web-Application using Empire-db's metadata capabilities.

There are also plans for providing integration with Apache Wicket, which
could be a new subproject just like the Empire-db Struts2 extensions. This
however is a task that would take a few months to develop.

Community aspects:

In order to increase our community and make people more aware of the
capabilities and benefits of Empire-db we have submitted a proposal for a
presentation at the Apache Con Europe 2009 in Amsterdam. We are waiting to
hear from the conference committee any time soon.