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iPMC Reviewers: rdonkin Graffito is a framework for content-based applications, especially in portlet environments. Graffito entered incubation on September 20, 2004. Despite recent efforts the level of activity within the Graffito project remains low. The only part of the project that enjoys continued interest and commit activity is the JCR Mapping component, whose transfer into a subproject of Apache Jackrabbit is being prepared. There is little indication that the level of activity within other parts of the Graffito project would increase in future, so we will most likely request termination of the project as dormant as soon as the JCR Mapping component has been moved to Apache Jackrabbit.
iPMC Reviewers: jerenkrantz, yoavs, twl, noel (This is the extra followup report requested by the board last month.) Graffito is a framework for content-based applications, especially in portlet environments. Graffito entered incubation on September 20, 2004. The recent discussion on the status of the Graffito project has concluded with some concrete action items (see http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/incubator-graffito-dev/200702.mbox/ %email@example.com%3e). The plan is to realign Graffito to be more a content management framework instead of a complete CMS product and to better leverage the features of JCR content repositories. The effect of these plans on commit activity remains to be seen, but as of now the general feeling around the project is positive. Hopefully we'll have some concrete results to show by the time of the next report. ----
Graffito is a framework for content-based applications, especially in portlet environments. Graffito entered incubation on September 20, 2004. Top three items to resolve before graduation: 1. Build a self-sustaining community 2. Create an incubating Graffito release 3. Move the JCR mapping component to the Jackrabbit project There hasn't been much activity in the Graffito project since the last report. A discussion on what to do with the project that still hasn't reached "critical mass" after over two years of incubation is currently taking place. The perceived complexity of the project is seen by many as a barrier to start using or contributing to Graffito. Splitting the project into more manageable component projects was raised as one potential approach to reviving the codebase and project community. ----
Raphael Luta is currently the only mentor for the Graffito project that has been under incubation for nearly 2 years now. Graffito is a CMS system now built on top of Jackrabbit and providing a portlet based user interface. As such it is mostly suited to integrate with portal containers like Jetspeed but some of the services provided (like JCR mapping) can be useful outside of portal context. While we've managed to slowly build a community around the initial 2 men codebase, we're still very far from having a sustainable independant community around Graffito. Due to his numerous other activities, Raphael feels he cannot provide alone the adequate mentoring required by this project and so we are looking for additionnal mentors to help grow the Graffito community and graduate it.
Graffito has nicely grown recently with activity encouraged by the final release of Jetspeed 2.0 and good progress made on the JCR support though Jackrabbit. We've just added a new committer : Alexandru Popescu and some existing Portals committers also actively contributing to the integration of Graffito with Portals.
Lot of work underway : * working on JCR mapping for Graffito objects * port under way for using Graffito for storing Jetspeed page descriptions in a Graffito managed repository (effort lead by Jetspeed team) * several new names have appeared on mailing-list and start contributing patches and join the design discussions We plan to have a Graffito binary bundled with upcoming Jetspeed 2 M4 release (required if PSML integration is complete for M4). If community development continues its progress as expected, I think we'll add couple of new committers this quarter and probably ask for exiting Incubator early next year.
* The main news in this quarter is that we have expanded the committer base beyond the original contributors with the addition of Oliver Kiessler and Sandro Boehme. * Both are busily working on building support for JCR (through Jackrabbit). * Work is also underway to use Graffito as a native CMS engine in Jetspeed 2.
1) Any legal, cross-project or personal issues that still need to be addressed? no 2) What has been done for incubation since the last report? * The most important work was made on the Jetspeed 2 integration & building some JSR-168 portlets. There is a content tree view, a document viewer and an admin browser portlet. Futhermore, we have integrate an HTML editor (Kupu). * Some work has been done for the security management (fine grain access control, permission management, JAAS support, ...). * We have started raising awareness and promoting the project on some other Apache and non-Apache lists in order build further the community. * New developers have started collaborating with the core team on Graffito work, especially JCR mapping tools. 3) Plans and expectations for the next period? * Implementing our JCR mapping framework with Jackrabbit. * XML editor integration. * A Graffito implementation for the Jetspeed 2 page manager. * Continue our work on the JSR-168 portlets (search & version management). * Start a site demo with a Jetspeed integration * We expect the committer base to expand during next period given the current developer participation on the dev mailing-lists. 4) Any recommendations for how incubation could run more smoothly for you? None so far.