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Empire-db

17 May 2017 [Rainer Döbele / Phil]

## Description:
 - Apache Empire-db is a relational database access engine that takes an
   SQL-centric approach in comparison to traditional OR-Mappers

## Issues:
 - There are no issues requiring board attention at this time.

## Activity:
 - No significant activities have been performed this quarter
   We apologize for being late with the report.

## PMC changes:
 - Currently 10 PMC members.
 - No new PMC members added in the last 3 months
 - Last PMC addition was Jan Glaubitz on Sun Jul 10 2016

## Committer base changes:
 - Currently 9 committers.
 - No new committers added in the last 3 months
 - Last committer addition was Jan Glaubitz at Mon Oct 05 2015

## Releases:
 - 2.4.6 was released on Tue Jan 17 2017

## Mailing list activity:
 - Latest release of Jan 17 appears to be stable and mature
   hence activity has been low.

 - dev@empire-db.apache.org:
    - 37 subscribers (up 0 in the last 3 months):
    - 0 emails sent to list (49 in previous quarter)

 - user@empire-db.apache.org:
    - 54 subscribers (up 0 in the last 3 months):
    - 1 emails sent to list (6 in previous quarter)

27 Feb 2017 [Rainer Döbele / Brett]

## Description:
 - Apache Empire-db is a relational database access engine that takes an
   SQL-centric approach in comparison to traditional OR-Mappers

## Issues:
 - There are no issues requiring board attention at this time.

## Activity:
 - Since the last board report we have approved and released version 2.4.6
 - We have also updated and documented the release procedure

## PMC changes:

 - Currently 10 PMC members.
 - No new PMC members added in the last 3 months
 - Last PMC addition was Jan Glaubitz on Sun Jul 10 2016

## Committer base changes:

 - Currently 9 committers.
 - No new committers added in the last 3 months
 - Last committer addition was Jan Glaubitz at Mon Oct 05 2015

## Releases:

 - 2.4.6 was released on Tue Jan 17 2017

## Mailing list activity:

 - dev@empire-db.apache.org:
    - 37 subscribers (up 0 in the last 3 months):
    - 48 emails sent to list (30 in previous quarter)

 - user@empire-db.apache.org:
    - 54 subscribers (up 0 in the last 3 months):
    - 5 emails sent to list (10 in previous quarter)

## JIRA activity:

 - 5 JIRA tickets created in the last 3 months
 - 4 JIRA tickets closed/resolved in the last 3 months

16 Nov 2016 [Rainer Döbele / Jim]

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that allows
developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application development than
traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow highly efficient database
operations in combination with a maximum of compile-time-safety and DBMS
independence.

Progress of the project
---------------------------
We have completed the work for our upcoming release and are currently voting
on a release candidate.

Changes in committers or PMC members
--------------------------------------------------
There have been no changes in committers or PMC members during the last
months.

Issues
--------
There are no issues that require the board's attention at this time.

Releases
-----------
Latest release was Apache-Empire-db 2.4.4 released on 19/Aug/2015.

17 Aug 2016 [Rainer Döbele / Chris]

Empire-db board report August 2016

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that allows
developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application development than
traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow highly efficient database
operations in combination with a maximum of compile-time-safety and DBMS
independence.

# Progress of the project

Over the last months we have collected various improvements and some
new features that will justify the publication of a new release.

# Changes in committers or PMC members

This quarter we have promoted 3 committers who have not been pmc
members to become members of our pmc.

# Issues

There are no issues that require the board's attention at this time.

# Releases

Latest release was Apache-Empire-db 2.4.4 released on 19/Aug/2015.

18 May 2016

Change the Apache Empire-db Project Chair

 WHEREAS, the Board of Directors heretofore appointed Francis De
 Brabandere (francisdb) to the office of Vice President, Apache
 Empire-db, and

 WHEREAS, the Board of Directors is in receipt of the resignation of
 Francis De Brabandere from the office of Vice President,
 Apache Empire-db, and

 WHEREAS, the Project Management Committee of the Apache Empire-db
 project has chosen by vote to recommend Rainer Döbele (doebele) as
 the successor to the post;

 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Francis De Brabandere is relieved
 and discharged from the duties and responsibilities of the office of
 Vice President, Apache Empire-db, and

 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Rainer Döbele be and hereby is appointed
 to the office of Vice President, Apache Empire-db, to serve in
 accordance with and subject to the direction of the Board of Directors
 and the Bylaws of the Foundation until death, resignation, retirement,
 removal or disqualification, or until a successor is appointed.

 Special Order 7C, Change the Apache Empire-db Project Chair,
 was approved by Unanimous Vote of the directors present.

18 May 2016 [Francis De Brabandere / Marvin]

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that
allows developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application
development than traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow
highly efficient database operations in combination with a maximum of
compile-time-safety and DBMS independence.

Progress of the project

Committers have been working on updating components to newer versions
JEE components.
There will be a new release after those changes have been completed.

Changes in committers or PMC members

Our current chair has announced to step down. There has been a vote
for a new chair who has been confirmed by the PMC members. Acceptance by the
board is still pending.

Issues

There are no issues that require the board's attention at this time.

Releases

Latest release was Apache-Empire-db 2.4.4 released on 19/Aug/2015.

17 Feb 2016 [Francis De Brabandere / Bertrand]

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that allows
developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application development
than traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow highly efficient
database operations in combination with a maximum of compile-time-safety
and DBMS independence.

Progress of the project

The project progresses at it's rather slow but steady pace. Our new
committers both contributed since last report.

Changes in committers or PMC members

No changes since last report. Our chair has indicated that he wishes
to step down so we plan to have a change of pmc chair resolution in
the next report.

Issues

There are no issues that require the board's attention at this time.

Releases

Latest release was Apache-Empire-db 2.4.4 released on 19/Aug/2015.

18 Nov 2015 [Francis De Brabandere / David]

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that allows
developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application development
than traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow highly efficient
database operations in combination with a maximum of compile-time-safety
and DBMS independence.

Progress of the project

We had a bad health score of -7.55 'URGENT ACTION REQUIRED' and took action.
Part of that low score was due too technical issues with our project name
containing a dash. Further we decided to invite 2 extra committers to the
project.
We are happy to report that this brought more activity to the project and
our score is now 3.47 'Healthy'

Changes in committers or PMC members

2 committers were invited and accepted:
Jan Glaubitz
Ivan Nemeth

Issues

While discussing the score issue Benson Margulies mentioned this:
 I recommend taking the bull by the horns and having your chair call
 into the next board meeting and asking them, point blank, if they are
 unhappy. If not, things continue as they are. I predict that so long
 as you remain an active, responsive, group, large enough to have
 release votes, that the board will be contented.
Therefore we explicitly ask the board if there are any concerns regarding
our project and it's rather low membership count and moderate activity
level.

Releases

Latest release was Apache-Empire-db 2.4.4 released on 19/Aug/2015.

19 Aug 2015 [Francis De Brabandere / Shane]

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that allows
developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application development
than traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow highly efficient
database operations in combination with a maximum of compile-time-safety
and DBMS independence.

Progress of the project

In the past three month we have received several contributions from new
users as well as suggestions for improvements and some bug reports.
We have already added the contributions to the project trunk and we have
added some more improvements and fixes.
At the moment we are in the process of preparing a new release.

Changes in committers or PMC members

There have been no changes in committers or PMC members during the last
months.

Issues

There are no issues that require the board's attention at this time.

Releases

The vote for Apache-Empire-db 2.4.4 is currently awaiting acceptance.
Latest release was Apache-Empire-db 2.4.3 released on 20/Aug/2014.

20 May 2015 [Francis De Brabandere / Bertrand]

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that allows
developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application development
than traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow highly efficient
database operations in combination with a maximum of compile-time-safety
and DBMS independence.

Progress of the project

We switched from svn to git as we heard from other projects that it lowers
the barrier for sending patches. Further we got a really useful patch
submitted by a community member that we are currently integrating. A release
should be following soon.

Changes in committers or PMC members

There have been no changes in committers or PMC members during the last
months.

Issues

There are no issues that require the board's attention at this time.

Releases

No releases since last report.
Latest release was Apache-Empire-db 2.4.3 released on 20/Aug/2014.

18 Feb 2015 [Francis De Brabandere / Brett]

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that allows
developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application development
than traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow highly efficient
database operations in combination with a maximum of compile-time-safety
and DBMS independence.

Progress of the project

With our latest stable release there has been little demand for changes of
the codebase during the past three months. However the documentation on the
web page has been extended describing how to generate code from an existing
database.

Changes in committers or PMC members

There have been no changes in committers or PMC members during the last
months.

Issues

There are no issues that require the board's attention at this time.

Releases

No releases since last report.
Latest release was Apache-Empire-db 2.4.3 released on 20/Aug/2014

19 Nov 2014 [Francis De Brabandere / Sam]

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that
allows developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application
development than traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow
highly efficient database operations in combination with a maximum of
compile-time-safety and DBMS independence.

Progress of the project

The project keeps getting attention from new users, although at a slow
rate. We also see a lot of value in the fact that Empire-DB is easily
extendible which allows users to adapt it to their needs without the
need for a new release.

Changes in committers or PMC members

There have been no changes in committers or PMC members during the last months.

Issues

There are no issues that require the board's attention at this time.

Releases

No releases since last report.
Latest release was Apache-Empire-db 2.4.3 released on 20/Aug/2014

17 Sep 2014 [Francis De Brabandere / Chris]

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that allows
developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application development
than traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow highly efficient
database operations in combination with a maximum of compile-time-safety
and DBMS independence.

Progress of the project

During the last three months we have worked on a new release with contains
several bugfixes and improvements. The release was approved and published
on 20/Aug/2014.
We have also received suggestions and code contributions from uses which
we will evaluate and integrate in an upcoming release.

Changes in committers or PMC members

There have been no changes in committers or PMC members during the last
months.

Issues

There are no issues that require the board's attention at this time.

Releases

Apache-Empire-db 2.4.3 released on 20/Aug/2014

20 Aug 2014 [Francis De Brabandere / Sam]

No report was submitted.

21 May 2014 [Francis De Brabandere / Brett]

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that allows
developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application development
than traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow highly efficient
database operations in combination with a maximum of compile-time-safety
and DBMS independence.

Progress of the project

During the last three months there have been no noteworthy changes to the
project.

The project team is answering user questions and provides small
improvements which are collected for an upcoming release.

Changes in committers or PMC members

There have been no changes in committers or PMC members during the last
months.

Issues

There are no issues that require the board's attention at this time.

Releases

NONE

19 Feb 2014 [Francis De Brabandere / Chris]

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that allows
developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application
development than traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow
highly efficient database operations in combination with a maximum of
compile-time-safety and DBMS independence.

Progress of the project

The last three months have been quite calm, nothing specific to mention.

Changes in committers or PMC members

There have been no changes in committers or PMC members during the last
months.

Issues

There are no issues that require the board's attention at this time.

Releases

NONE

AI: Chris: follow up with Empire-db

20 Nov 2013 [Francis De Brabandere / Chris]

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that allows
developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application development
than traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow highly efficient
database operations in combination with a maximum of compile-time-safety
and DBMS independence.

Project Status

After several improvements and bugfixes have been accomplished during the
recent months, we have published a new release on October, 16th.
Some more complex decisions have been postponed for a further release.

Changes in committers or PMC members

No committers have joined or left the project.

Issues

There are no issues that require the board's attention at this time.

Latest Release

Apache-Empire-db 2.4.2 was released on Oct 16, 2013.

21 Aug 2013 [Francis De Brabandere / Roy]

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that allows
developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application development
than traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow highly efficient
database operations in combination with a maximum of compile-time-safety
and DBMS independence.

Project Status

We have not seen a lot of activity lately, could be related the holidays
and the fact that the project is quite mature.

Changes in committers or PMC members

No changes to report.

Issues

There are no issues that require the board's attention at this time.

Latest Release

Apache-Empire-db 2.4.1 was released on Oct 30, 2012.

15 May 2013 [Francis De Brabandere / Brett]

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that allows
developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application development
than traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow highly efficient
database operations in combination with a maximum of compile-time-safety
and DBMS independence.

Project Status

During the previous months we have submitted several minor bug fixes
and small improvements that we will publish with our next release.
The overall code base however is very stable and mature and there has been
no demand for major changes.

Changes in committers or PMC members

After several contributions last year prior to our current release, we have
decided to accept Dimitar Simeonov as a new committer on our project.

Issues

There are no issues that require the board's attention at this time.

Latest Release

Apache-Empire-db 2.4.1 was released on Oct 30, 2012.

20 Feb 2013 [Francis De Brabandere / Bertrand]

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that allows
developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application
development than traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow
highly efficient database operations in combination with a maximum of
compile-time-safety and DBMS independence.

Progress of the project

With our release last November many issues have been resolved and we are
now collecting new issues and ideas for future development. Mailing
list traffic was low, probably because of the holidays.

Changes in committers or PMC members

There have been no changes in committers or PMC members during the last
months.

Issues

There are no issues that require the board's attention at this time.

Releases

NONE

21 Nov 2012 [Francis De Brabandere / Ross]

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that allows
developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application
development than traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow
highly efficient database operations in combination with a maximum of
compile-time-safety and DBMS independence.

Progress of the project

During recent months we have worked on an extension module that works as
a bridge for web applications based on Java Server Faces (JSF) version
2.x or later. This simplifies and enhances JSF development significantly,
since meta-data provided from the model is directly available in the
business and view layer, reducing redundancies. This module had been
initially released 3 months ago as part of release 2.4.0 and has now
been significantly improved with our latest release 2.4.1 that was
published on October 30th.

Changes in committers or PMC members

There have been no changes in committers or PMC members during the last
months.

Issues

There are no issues that require the board's attention at this time.

Releases

Apache-Empire-db 2.4.1 was released on Oct 30, 2012.

15 Aug 2012 [Francis De Brabandere / Bertrand]

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that allows
developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application
development than traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow
highly efficient database operations in combination with a maximum of
compile-time-safety and DBMS independence.

Progress of the project

Apache Empire-db became a TLP in January 2012. We have published our
first top-level release last April and our next release has just been
successfully voted.
Our user community is slowly growing and we regularly receive useful
contributions. Further we have a new integration module with example
code that should help us get a broader adoption.

Changes in committers or PMC members

There have been no changes in committers or PMC members during the last
months.

Issues

There are no issues that require the board's attention at this time.

16 May 2012 [Francis De Brabandere / Daniel]

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that allows
developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application
development than traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow
highly efficient database operations in combination with a maximum of
compile-time-safety and DBMS independence.

Progress of the project

Apache Empire-db became a TLP in January 2012 and the migration process
has been fully completed. After we have published our first top-level
release last month we have begun with the development of new features.
As the core component is largely stable and mature our goal is to
provide assistance to use Empire-db in a wider range of application
scenarios - especially in combination with common front-end frameworks.

Changes in committers or PMC members

There have been no changes in committers or PMC members during the last
month.

Issues

There are no issues that require the board's attention at this time.

18 Apr 2012 [Francis De Brabandere / Bertrand]

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that
allows developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application
development than traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow
highly efficient database operations in combination with a maximum of
compile-time-safety and DBMS independence.

Progress of the project

Apache Empire-db became a TLP in January 2012. The migration from the
incubator has been completed. We just shipped our first Apache Empire-db
top-level release and since this is our third monthly report we can now
switch to a quarterly reporting schedule.

Changes in committers or PMC members

Benson Margulies was added as PMC member. Benson has been with us
for a long time as mentor in the Incubator and we somehow forgot to add
him to our graduation resolution.

Issues

There are no issues that require the board's attention at this time.

Releases

Apache-Empire-db 2.3.0 was released on 02 Apr 2012, this is our first
top-level release.

21 Mar 2012 [Francis De Brabandere / Doug]

Apache Empire-db

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that
allows developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application
development than traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow
highly efficient database operations in combination with a maximum of
compile-time-safety and DBMS independence.

Progress of the project

Apache Empire-db became a TLP in January 2012. The migration from the
incubator has been completed, our website was updated to reflect the
changes.
We are now working towards a first TLP release, this will probably
take a bit longer than usual as we have to update our release process
guide. The release should be out before next board report.

Changes in committers or PMC members

There have been no changes in Committers since our TLP graduation in
February 2012

Issues

There are no issues that require the board's attention at this time.

Releases

No releases as TLP yet

15 Feb 2012 [Francis De Brabandere / Brett]

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that
allows developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application
development than traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow
highly efficient database operations in combination with a maximum of
compile-time-safety and DBMS independence.

Progress of the project

Apache Empire-db became a TLP in January 2012. We are still busy
migrating the project to TLP infrastructure, mostly because of lack of
time of our project chair but this should be solved by our next report.

Issues

There are no issues that require the board's attention at this time.

Releases

No releases as TLP yet

24 Jan 2012

Establish the Apache Empire-db Project

 WHEREAS, the Board of Directors deems it to be in the best
 interests of the Foundation and consistent with the
 Foundation's purpose to establish a Project Management
 Committee charged with the creation and maintenance of open-source
 software related to api-based SQL generation and utilization
 of RDBMS features, for distribution at no charge to the public.

 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that a Project Management
 Committee (PMC), to be known as the "Apache Empire-db Project",
 be and hereby is established pursuant to Bylaws of the
 Foundation; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that the Apache Empire-db Project be and hereby is
 responsible for the creation and maintenance of software
 related to api-based SQL generation and utilization
 of RDBMS features; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that the office of "Vice President, Apache Empire-db" be
 and hereby is created, the person holding such office to
 serve at the direction of the Board of Directors as the chair
 of the Apache Empire-db Project, and to have primary
 responsibility for management of the projects within the scope of
 responsibility of the Apache Empire-db Project; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that the persons listed immediately below be and
 hereby are appointed to serve as the initial members of the
 Apache Empire-db Project:

   * Martijn Dashorst <dashorst@apache.org>
   * Francis De Brabandere <francisdb@apache.org>
   * Rainer Döbele <doebele@apache.org>
   * Eike Kettner <ek@apache.org>
   * Jörg Reiher <reiher@apache.org>
   * Benjamin Venditti <benniven@apache.org>

 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Francis De Brabandere
 be appointed to the office of Vice President, Apache Empire-db, to
 serve in accordance with and subject to the direction of the
 Board of Directors and the Bylaws of the Foundation until
 death, resignation, retirement, removal or disqualification,
 or until a successor is appointed; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that the initial Apache Empire-db PMC be and hereby is
 tasked with the creation of a set of bylaws intended to
 encourage open development and increased participation in the
 Apache Empire-db Project; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that the Apache Empire-db Project be and hereby
 is tasked with the migration and rationalization of the Apache
 Incubator Empire-db podling; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that all responsibilities pertaining to the Apache
 Incubator Empire-db podling encumbered upon the Apache Incubator
 Project are hereafter discharged.

 Special Order 7C, Establish the Apache Empire-db Project, was
 approved by Unanimous Vote of the directors present.

24 Jan 2012

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that allows
developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application development
than traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow highly efficient
database operations in combination with a maximum of compile-time-safety and
DBMS independence. Empire-db has entered Incubation in August 2008.

Activity since last report:
* Last month we voted for graduation, submitted our resolution which was
revoked because of a copy-paste issue
* A fixed resolution will be submitted for this month's board meeting

21 Dec 2011

Establish the Apache Empire-db Project

 WHEREAS, the Board of Directors deems it to be in the best
 interests of the Foundation and consistent with the
 Foundation's purpose to establish a Project Management
 Committee charged with the creation and maintenance of
 open-source software related to fully distributed storage of
 structured data, for distribution at no charge to the public.

 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that a Project Management
 Committee (PMC), to be known as the "Apache Empire-db Project",
 be and hereby is established pursuant to Bylaws of the
 Foundation; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that the Apache Empire-db Project be and hereby is
 responsible for the creation and maintenance of software
 related to api-based SQL generation and utilization
 of RDBMS features; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that the office of "Vice President, Apache Empire-db" be
 and hereby is created, the person holding such office to
 serve at the direction of the Board of Directors as the chair
 of the Apache Empire-db Project, and to have primary
 responsibility for management of the projects within the scope of
 responsibility of the Apache Empire-db Project; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that the persons listed immediately below be and
 hereby are appointed to serve as the initial members of the
 Apache Empire-db Project:

   * Martijn Dashorst          <dashorst@apache.org>
   * Francis De Brabandere     <francisdb@apache.org>
   * Rainer Döbele             <doebele@apache.org>
   * Eike Kettner              <ek@apache.org>
   * Jörg Reiher               <reiher@apache.org>
   * Benjamin Venditti         <benniven@apache.org>


 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Francis De Brabandere
 be appointed to the office of Vice President, Apache Empire-db, to
 serve in accordance with and subject to the direction of the
 Board of Directors and the Bylaws of the Foundation until
 death, resignation, retirement, removal or disqualification,
 or until a successor is appointed; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that the initial Apache Empire-db PMC be and hereby is
 tasked with the creation of a set of bylaws intended to
 encourage open development and increased participation in the
 Apache Empire-db Project; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that the Apache Empire-db Project be and hereby
 is tasked with the migration and rationalization of the Apache
 Incubator Empire-db podling; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that all responsibilities pertaining to the Apache
 Incubator Empire-db podling encumbered upon the Apache Incubator
 Project are hereafter discharged

 Special Order 7C, Establish the Apache Empire-db Project,
 tabled due to inconsistent wording.

26 Oct 2011

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that allows
developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application development
than traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow highly efficient
database operations in combination with a maximum of compile-time-safety and
DBMS independence. Empire-db has entered Incubation in August 2008.

Activity since last report:
* a lot of work on the code has been done in order to address architectural
changes that may significantly improve the ease-of-use and robustness of the
code. These changes have been the biggest core code changes since
incubation.
* Testing of the new features and preparation of a new release are in
progress

Community
* many of our committers have worked and contributed to this upcoming
release especially all new committers that have joined the project since
incubation. This gives us confidence that community improvements are slow
but steady and that once people have learned about the benefits of Empire-db
they will stick to it.
* requests of new users on mailing lists have been answered and problems
have been solved.

Top priorities prior to graduation:
* Finish and publish the release
* Go out and advertise the benefits of Empire-db in general and the
advantages of the new features in particular

20 Jul 2011

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that allows
developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application development
than traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow highly efficient
database operations in combination with a maximum of compile-time-safety and
DBMS independence. Empire-db has entered Incubation in August 2008.

After having published our 2.1.0 release in April, things went a bit slower
during the last quarter. Recently our committers have fixed smaller issues
and we have made the Empire-db code base available on git.

We regularly receive user requests on our user list asking for help and or
improvements. Some users submitted small patches through Jira.
For the next term we have planned to start a major API improvement which
might help making Empire-db attractive for even more users.

In order to graduate we still need to increase awareness of the project
through various channels in order to grow our community. This means
participating in blogs and write our own articles. We will set up a
discussion on how exactly our communication can be improved.

20 Apr 2011

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that allows
developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application development
than traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow highly efficient
database operations in combination with a maximum of compile-time-safety and
DBMS independence. Empire-db has entered Incubation in August 2008.

Activity since last report:
- We have successfully completed and published our 2.1.0 release with few
but major improvements.
- We have increased your community by taking on a new long-time contributor
as a new committer.

Important issues to address for graduation:
We still need more contributors and more attention in the Java community.
Recently we experience increased traffic on the user lists and there are
plenty of plans on the development side. The challenge will be to keep users
interested and let them participate in the development process.

19 Jan 2011

Apache Empire-db is a relational database abstraction layer that allows
developers to take a more SQL-centric approach in application development
than traditional ORM frameworks. Its focus is to allow highly efficient
database operations in combination with a maximum of compile-time-safety and
DBMS independence.

Project development since the last report

Last December we have finished and published release 2.0.7 that features
some minor improvements and bug fixes. Currently we are working on release
2.1.0 with more significant improvements.

Issues to address in the move towards graduation and community development

After now being 2 and a half years in the incubator we have managed to
successfully implement and establish the Apache development and release
cycle, we have published several releases and we have received good feedback
from users who are subscribed to the dev and user lists.

However during all this time, we have still not managed to get ourselves
known to a wider audience and to get a significant amount of public
attention, most certainly due to the fact that have not managed to work on
publicity as much as on code. Also our community currently consists of only
3 active committers that are regularly contributing to the project.

For this reason questions about the future of the project and whether we
will ever be able to graduate have been raised. While the remaining active
committers are determined to continue their project commitment and to work
towards graduation it is still unclear by which measures new committers can
be won to join the project.

Hence, for the coming months answering this question and establishing the
corresponding measures should be our focus. One way of answering this
question could be to move this discussion to the dev list in order to find
out how our subscribers feel about the status of the project. Also it might
make sense to combine the user and dev lists in order to prevent subscribers
from missing information and getting them more involved in the project.

20 Aug 2008

Apache Empire-db is an Open Source relational data persistence
component which allows database vendor independent dynamic query
definition as well as safe and simple data retrieval and updating.
Empire-db entered the incubator on July 8th, 2008

After a slow start things have been picked up: CLAs have been
submitted, accounts have been created, the status page is up and
running, the podling website is online and the initial code has been
imported. The mailinglists are booting up, and we're learning how to
use each list (i.e. ppmc communication only for private matters on
private@).