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POI

16 Aug 2017 [Dominik Stadler / Phil]

Report from the Apache POI committee [Dominik Stadler]

## Description:
- Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file
 formats

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

## Activity:
- There is constant activity in commits, bugfixes, feature-work and also
 user questions.
 Work happened for handling broken files better, found via fuzzing-efforts
 done by Tim Allison, HPSF improvements, bugfixes, removing deprecated code,
 and general improvements.
 Discussions about depending on commons-math for some functionality are
   ongoing.

 We released 3.17-beta1 in June and are planning a 3.17 at the end of summer.

 We are planning to target a 4.0 release after that which will require JDK 7
 (compared to JDK 6 now) and might remove some more deprecated APIs.

## Health report:
- The last few months we saw a constant stream of new bug reports/feature
 requests which indicates that the popularity of Apache POI is still very
 good. Questions via email or on Stackoverflow usually get answers quickly,
 regularly even from people not actively involved in Apache POI development.

## PMC changes:

- Currently 29 PMC members.
- PJ Fanning was added to the PMC on Fri Jun 23 2017

## Committer base changes:

- Currently 36 committers.
- PJ Fanning was added as a committer on Fri Jun 23 2017

## Releases:

- 3.17-beta1 was released on Wed Jun 28 2017

## Mailing list activity:

- Mostly constant membership numbers, a few un-subscribers for this
 period, not apparent reason for that. POI is a mature project with
 a stable user/developer-base.

- dev@poi.apache.org:
  - 240 subscribers (down -3 in the last 3 months):
  - 863 emails sent to list (898 in previous quarter)

- general@poi.apache.org:
  - 131 subscribers (up 0 in the last 3 months):
  - 6 emails sent to list (2 in previous quarter)

- user@poi.apache.org:
  - 627 subscribers (down -8 in the last 3 months):
  - 128 emails sent to list (138 in previous quarter)

## Bugzilla Statistics:

- 62 Bugzilla tickets created in the last 3 months
- 65 Bugzilla tickets resolved in the last 3 months

- 495 bugs are open overall
- Having 135 enhancements, thus having 360 actual bugs
- 101 of these are waiting for feedback
- Thus having 259 actual workable bugs
- 6 of the workable bugs have patches available
- Distribution of workable bugs across components: {HSSF=75, XSSF=67, HWPF=38,
SS Common=28, XWPF=16, SXSSF=9, XSLF=8, POI Overall=5, POIFS=4, HPSF=3,
HSLF=2, HPBF=1, HSMF=1, OPC=1, SL Common=1}

17 May 2017 [Dominik Stadler / Chris]

Report from the Apache POI committee [Dominik Stadler]

## Description:
- Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file
 formats

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

## Activity:
- There is constant activity in commits, bugfixes, feature-work and also
 user questions.
 Work happened in areas like various ways of embedding other types of files
 in Office files, support for EMF pictures, Unicode related fixes, some Asian
 date formats and (HX)SLF file format (.ppt/.pptx) improvements.

 We released 3.16 in April and are planning for a first beta for 3.17 during
   summer.

 Long-term efforts like mass-regression-testing and high unit test coverage
 seem to begin to pay off as the number of regression bugs is small despite
 code-changes in many areas.

 Unit test coverage is key for on-boarding new developers who aren't
 familiar with all the code, working quickly to develop new features or test
 contributions by developers who do have a better understanding of the code,
 greatly simplifying pre-release testing, and reducing bugs and regressions.

## Health report:
- The last few months we saw a constant stream of new bug reports/feature
 requests which indicates that the popularity of Apache POI is still very
 good, maybe even increasing.
 However also the number of open bug-reports is increasing, many users
   posting
 requests and questions with only a handful of people actively triaging
 these reports.
 On new committers/PMC: there are currently only a few users active enough to
 discuss committership to bring on new talent.

## PMC changes:

- Currently 28 PMC members.
- No new PMC members added in the last 3 months
- Last PMC addition was Greg Woolsey on Wed Oct 05 2016

## Committer base changes:

- Currently 35 committers.
- No new committers added in the last 3 months
- Last committer addition was Greg Woolsey at Tue Oct 04 2016

## Releases:

- 3.16 was released on Wed Apr 19 2017

## Mailing list activity:

- Mainly constant membership numbers, a few new subscribers for this
 period. POI is a mature project with a stable user/developer-base.

- dev@poi.apache.org:
  - 243 subscribers (up 4 in the last 3 months):
  - 882 emails sent to list (795 in previous quarter)

- general@poi.apache.org:
  - 131 subscribers (up 2 in the last 3 months):
  - 2 emails sent to list (2 in previous quarter)

- user@poi.apache.org:
  - 634 subscribers (down -1 in the last 3 months):
  - 142 emails sent to list (192 in previous quarter)

## Bugzilla Statistics:

- 94 Bugzilla tickets created in the last 3 months
- 61 Bugzilla tickets resolved in the last 3 months

- 496 bugs are open overall
- Having 126 enhancements, thus having 370 actual bugs
- 103 of these are waiting for feedback
- Thus having 267 actual workable bugs
- 6 of the workable bugs have patches available
- Distribution of workable bugs across components: {HSSF=79, XSSF=73, HWPF=37,
SS Common=29, XWPF=16, SXSSF=10, XSLF=8, HPSF=4, POI Overall=4, POIFS=3,
HSLF=2, HSMF=1, OPC=1}

27 Feb 2017 [Dominik Stadler / Brett]

## Description:
- Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file
  formats

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

## Activity:
- There was work in some areas, notably parsing/reading of WMF/EMF files which
  can be used for pictures in Office documents. Also initial support for
  extracting text from embedded files was added and some improvements to
  handling of Unicode characters have landed. Additionally a number of
  Findbugs/SonarQube reports were fixed.

  On the build-automation-side the Gradle build was enhanced some more and the
  Jenkins builds are now fully version-controlled as part of the core source via
  the Jenkins DSL plugin.

  We release 3.16-beta1 in November and just released 3.16-beta2.

  Additionally a number of users posted questions on the user-list which were
  discussed.

## Health report:
- the last few months we saw a bit less bugfix-activity, the number of open
  bug-reports is unfortunately increasing. However this is partly due to the
  nature of Apache POI and the inherent complexity of the Office formats, which
  means there is a constant influx of bug-reports, some with fairly high
  complexity and needed amount of work to resolve.

  On new committers/PMC: there are currently only a few users active enough to
  discuss committership to bring on new talent.

## PMC changes:

- Currently 28 PMC members.
- No new PMC members added in the last 3 months
- Last PMC addition was Greg Woolsey on Wed Oct 05 2016

## Committer base changes:

- Currently 35 committers.
- No new committers added in the last 3 months
- Last committer addition was Greg Woolsey at Tue Oct 04 2016

## Releases:

- 3.16-beta1 was released on Sun Nov 20 2016
- 3.16-beta2 was released on Thu Feb 02 2017

## Mailing list activity:

- Mainly constant membership numbers. POI is a mature project with a stable
  user/developer-base.

- dev@poi.apache.org:
 - 238 subscribers (down -4 in the last 3 months):
 - 773 emails sent to list (1018 in previous quarter)

- general@poi.apache.org:
 - 131 subscribers (up 1 in the last 3 months):
 - 3 emails sent to list (4 in previous quarter)

- user@poi.apache.org:
 - 636 subscribers (down -20 in the last 3 months):
 - 206 emails sent to list (150 in previous quarter)

## Bugzilla Statistics:

- 76 Bugzilla tickets created in the last 3 months
- 52 Bugzilla tickets resolved in the last 3 months

- 458 bugs are open overall (plus 26)
- Having 111 enhancements, thus having 347 actual bugs (plus 8 and 18)
- 101 of these are waiting for feedback (plus/minus 0)
- thus having 246 actual workable bugs (plus 16)
- 4 of the workable bugs have patches available (minus 1)
- Distribution of workable bugs across components: HSSF=76, XSSF=70, HWPF=36,
SS Common=17, XWPF=14, XSLF=10, SXSSF=6, HPSF=4, POI Overall=4, POIFS=4,
HSLF=3, HSMF=1, OPC=1

16 Nov 2016 [Dominik Stadler / Marvin]

Report from the Apache POI committee [Dominik Stadler]

## Description:
- Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file
 formats

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

## Activity:
- The 3.15 release required some time to stabilize, however the
 additional effort in regression testing hopefully will maninfest
 in lower numbers of newly introduced bugs in the library.

 There is constant activity in multiple areas, mostly bugfixes,
 cryptography enhancements and enhanced support for reading VBA macro
 contents.

 Work has begun to add a Gradle based build with a plan to replace
 the ageing Ant based build in the future.

 We released version 3.15 and are planning to release 3.16-beta1 soon
 in order to provide a build for one regression item that made it into 3.15.

## Health report:
- activity looks good, all seems healthy, there is a constant stream of
 user-questions, patches and development related discussions as well as
 commits by various committers.

## PMC changes:
- Currently 28 PMC members.
- Greg Woolsey was added to the PMC on Wed Oct 05 2016

## Committer base changes:
- Currently 35 committers.
- Greg Woolsey was added as a committer on Tue Oct 04 2016

## Releases:
- 3.15 was released on Wed Sep 21 2016

## Mailing list activity:
- Mainly constant membership numbers. POI is a mature project
 with a stable user/developer-base.

- dev@poi.apache.org:
  - 243 subscribers (down -5 in the last 3 months):
  - 1071 emails sent to list (1251 in previous quarter)

- general@poi.apache.org:
  - 130 subscribers (down -2 in the last 3 months):
  - 4 emails sent to list (2 in previous quarter)

- user@poi.apache.org:
  - 655 subscribers (down -11 in the last 3 months):
  - 155 emails sent to list (119 in previous quarter)

## Bugzilla Statistics:
- 93 Bugzilla tickets created in the last 3 months
- 95 Bugzilla tickets resolved in the last 3 months

- 432 bugs are open overall
- Having 103 enhancements, thus having 329 actual bugs
- 101 of these are waiting for feedback
- thus having 228 actual workable bugs
- 5 of the workable bugs have patches available

17 Aug 2016 [Dominik Stadler / Mark]

Report from the Apache POI committee [Dominik Stadler]

## Description:
- Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file
 formats

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

## Activity:
- There was a constant stream of work from a number of committers, work
 went into bugfixes, streamlining the API in respect to enums instead
 of ints and supporting more cryptography options of the file formats.

 Discussion around replacing XMLBeans is continuing, some legal issues
 related to possible replacements are discussed at LEGAL-264.

 On further release automation there was discussion of setting
 up a machine to automatically publish generated documentation.

 There was one security related topic in a code-sample (not the
 core libraries), which was published as CVE-2016-5000 "XXE in XLS2CSV",
 see http://www.openwall.com/lists/oss-security/2016/07/22/2

  Some work was done to prepare for JDK 9, although there are still bugs
  in the JDK itself that prevent a successful CI run.

 We released version 3.15-beta2 and are in the final stages for 3.15-beta3,
 which should be mostly what we release as 3.15 final shortly.

 Some preparation is underway for celebrating 15 years of POI.

## Health report:
- activity looks good, all seems healthy, there is a constant stream of
 user-questions and development related discussions.

## PMC changes:

- Currently 27 PMC members.
- Mark Murphy was added to the PMC on Sat Jul 09 2016

## Committer base changes:

- Currently 34 committers.
- Mark Murphy was added as a committer on Sat Jul 09 2016

## Releases:

- 3.15-beta2 was released on Sat Jul 02 2016

## Mailing list activity:

- Mainly constant membership numbers. POI is a mature project
 with a stable user/developer-base.

- dev@poi.apache.org:
  - 248 subscribers (down -7 in the last 3 months):
  - 1267 emails sent to list (979 in previous quarter)

- general@poi.apache.org:
  - 133 subscribers (up 1 in the last 3 months):
  - 2 emails sent to list (3 in previous quarter)

- user@poi.apache.org:
  - 666 subscribers (down -1 in the last 3 months):
  - 124 emails sent to list (123 in previous quarter)

## Bugzilla Statistics:

- 110 Bugzilla tickets created in the last 3 months
- 142 Bugzilla tickets resolved in the last 3 months

- 430 bugs are open overall
- Having 103 enhancements, thus having 327 actual bugs
- 101 of these are waiting for feedback
- thus having 226 actual workable bugs
- 5 of the workable bugs have patches available

18 May 2016 [Dominik Stadler / Bertrand]

## Description:
 - Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file
   formats.

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

## Activity:
 - There was some development activity, mostly some bug-fixes and investigation
   into changing the XML handling code from XmlBeans to other XML frameworks.
   There is some licensing related discussion around using JAXB here which
   we will take to legal-discuss@

   Also some work went into further automating the release-process.

   Multiple PMC/Committers are active, albeit there was overall a bit less
   activity compared to the previous period.
   We released a version 3.14 which we quickly followed with a 3.15-beta1 to
   quickly release a few fixes/changes.
   Overall there was consensus to automate more of the release process to
   allow us to do releases in shorter time-periods.
   No new PMC/Committers, one user was contacted, but discussion about
   committership was not finished yet.

## Health report:
 - activity looks good, all seems healthy.

## PMC changes:

 - Currently 26 PMC members.
 - No new PMC members added in the last 3 months
 - Last PMC addition was Javen O'Neal on Mon Oct 19 2015

## Committer base changes:

 - Currently 33 committers.
 - No new committers added in the last 3 months
 - Last committer addition was Javen O'Neal at Sun Oct 18 2015

## Releases:

 - 3.14 was released on Sat Mar 05 2016
 - 3.15-beta1 was released on Fri Apr 15 2016

## Mailing list activity:

 - Overall similar traffic as in previous periods.

 - dev@poi.apache.org:
    - 255 subscribers (down -3 in the last 3 months):
    - 946 emails sent to list (870 in previous quarter)

 - general@poi.apache.org:
    - 132 subscribers (down -2 in the last 3 months):
    - 3 emails sent to list (2 in previous quarter)

 - user@poi.apache.org:
    - 665 subscribers (up 10 in the last 3 months):
    - 140 emails sent to list (176 in previous quarter)


## Bugzilla Statistics:

 - 90 Bugzilla tickets created in the last 3 months
 - 119 Bugzilla tickets resolved in the last 3 months

 - 461 bugs are open overall
 - Having 94 enhancements, thus having 367 actual bugs
 - 113 of these are waiting for feedback
 - thus having 254 actual workable bugs
 - 8 of the workable bugs have patches available

17 Feb 2016 [Dominik Stadler / David]

## Description:
   Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file
   formats.

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

## Activity:
 - There is steady progress in certain areas, support for PowerPoint is
   currently the main point of work, other parts saw smaller enhancements and
   bugfixes, overall activity is good, multiple PMC/Committers are active and
   are responsive on the mailing-lists. We prepared a first beta for the next
   release 3.14, which should become available soon.  No new PMC/Committers,
   one active user was contacted, but did not want to get comittership.


## Health report:
 - activity looks good, all seems healthy.

## PMC changes:

 - Currently 26 PMC members.
 - No new PMC members added in the last 3 months
 - Last PMC addition was Javen O'Neal on Mon Oct 19 2015

## Committer base changes:

 - Currently 33 committers.
 - No new committers added in the last 3 months
 - Last committer addition was Javen O'Neal at Sun Oct 18 2015

## Releases:

 - 3.14-beta1 was released on Wed Dec 23 2015

## Mailing list activity:

 - dev@poi.apache.org:
    - 257 subscribers (up 1 in the last 3 months):
    - 963 emails sent to list (956 in previous quarter)

 - user@poi.apache.org:
    - 656 subscribers (up 9 in the last 3 months):
    - 205 emails sent to list (152 in previous quarter)

 - general@poi.apache.org:
    - 134 subscribers (down -2 in the last 3 months):
    - 2 emails sent to list (0 in previous quarter)


## Bugzilla Statistics:

 - 82 Bugzilla tickets created in the last 3 months
 - 96 Bugzilla tickets resolved in the last 3 months

 - 477 bugs are open overall
 - Having 97 enhancements, thus having 380 actual bugs
 - 120 of these are waiting for feedback,
 - thus having 260 actual workable bugs
 - 10 of the workable bugs have patches available

18 Nov 2015 [Dominik Stadler / Chris]

## Description:

Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file
formats.

## Issues:

There are no issues requiring board attention at this time

## Activity:

We saw good activity in the last quarter, release 3.13 went out successfully
and we could add a number of committers/PMC members. Community remains active
with questions being asked and answered.

Work is ongoing for the next release 3.14 with integration of code for
Microsoft Visio files and a number of bugfixes. A release 3.14beta1 is due
soon.

Visio code was contributed, IP clearance done via Incubator, process went
smoothly.

Most patches are applied without much delay.

## Health report:

- activity looks good, all seems healthy.

## PMC changes:

- Currently 26 PMC members.
- New PMC members:
 - Javen O'Neal was added to the PMC on Mon Oct 19 2015
 - Dustin Spicuzza was added to the PMC on Sun Aug 30 2015

## Committer base changes:

- Currently 33 committers.
- New commmitters:
 - Dustin Spicuzza was added as a committer on Thu Aug 27 2015
 - Javen O'Neal was added as a committer on Sun Oct 18 2015

## Releases:

- Last release was 3.13 on Tue Sep 29 2015

## Mailing list activity:

- dev@poi.apache.org:
 - 257 subscribers (up 0 in the last 3 months):
 - 1117 emails sent to list (715 in previous quarter)

- user@poi.apache.org:
 - 647 subscribers (down -5 in the last 3 months):
 - 182 emails sent to list (175 in previous quarter)

- general@poi.apache.org:
 - 136 subscribers (up 6 in the last 3 months):
 - 0 emails sent to list (3 in previous quarter)

## Bugzilla Statistics:

- 90 Bugzilla tickets created in the last 3 months
- 137 Bugzilla tickets resolved in the last 3 months

19 Aug 2015 [Dominik Stadler / Brett]

## Description:

Java API To Access Microsoft Document File Formats

## Activity:

Apache POI continues to be an active project, both in terms of community and
development.

Work is ongoing for the next release 3.13 with finished work items being
switching internal implementations for the POIFS implementation and providing
a common layer in the framework for working with different format of
Powerpoint files. A first beta was released, the next beta with more of the
changes is planned to be done shortly.

After a reported security vulnerability related to Zip-Expansion denial of
service has been fixed in the latest beta there were two additional cases
reported which we are currently analyzing.

## Health report:

Due to the complexity of the supported formats, there is a steady influx of
bug reports which we try to tackle to get the list of actual bugs more
manageable, see below bug activity for details.

## Issues:

there are no issues requiring board attention at this time

## LDAP committee group/Committership changes:

- Currently 31 committers and 24 LDAP committee group members.
- David North was added to the LDAP committee group on Sat May 23 2015
- David North was added as a committer on Wed May 20 2015

## Releases:

- 3.12 was released on Mon May 11 2015
- 3.13-beta1 was released on Wed Jul 22 2015

## Bug activity

535 bugs are open overall
Having 63 enhancements, thus having 472 actual bugs
131 of these are waiting for feedback, thus having 341 actual workable bugs
8 of the workable bugs have patches available

## Mailing list activity:

- dev@poi.apache.org:
- 257 subscribers (down -7 in the last 3 months):
- 742 emails sent to list (782 in previous quarter)

- user@poi.apache.org:
- 653 subscribers (up 0 in the last 3 months):
- 186 emails sent to list (161 in previous quarter)

- general@poi.apache.org:
- 130 subscribers (down -2 in the last 3 months):
- 3 emails sent to list (0 in previous quarter)

15 Jul 2015

Change the Apache POI Project Chair

 WHEREAS, the Board of Directors heretofore appointed Yegor Kozlov to
 the office of Vice President, Apache POI, and

 WHEREAS, the Board of Directors is in receipt of the resignation of
 Yegor Kozlov from the office of Vice President, Apache POI, and

 WHEREAS, the Project Management Committee of the Apache POI project
 has chosen by vote to recommend Dominik Stadler as the successor to
 the post;

 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Yegor Kozlov is relieved and
 discharged from the duties and responsibilities of the office of Vice
 President, Apache POI, and

 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Dominik Stadler be and hereby is
 appointed to the office of Vice President, Apache POI, 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 POI Project Chair, was
 approved by Unanimous Vote of the directors present.

15 Jul 2015 [Yegor Kozlov / Chris]

## Description:

Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file
formats.

## Activity:

Apache POI continues to be an active project, both in terms of community and
development.

Work is ongoing for the next release 3.13 with work items being switching
internal implementations for the POIFS implementation and providing a common
layer in the framework for working with different format of Powerpoint files.

Most patches are applied without much delay.

## Issues:

there are no issues requiring board attention at this time

## LDAP committee/Committership changes:

- Currently 31 committers and 24 LDAP committee members.
- David North was added to the LDAP committee on Sat May 23 2015
- David North was added as a committer on Wed May 20 2015

- Dominik Stadler was elected as a new PMC chair (resolution submitted).

## Releases:

- 3.12 was released on Mon May 11 2015

## Mailing list activity:

- dev@poi.apache.org:
- 258 subscribers (down -8 in the last 3 months):
- 687 emails sent to list (729 in previous quarter)

- user@poi.apache.org:
- 651 subscribers (down -1 in the last 3 months):
- 165 emails sent to list (156 in previous quarter)

- general@poi.apache.org:
- 130 subscribers (down -1 in the last 3 months):
- 3 emails sent to list (3 in previous quarter)

17 Jun 2015 [Yegor Kozlov / Chris]

No report was submitted.

20 May 2015 [Yegor Kozlov / Rich]

No report was submitted.

@Rich: pursue a report for POI

22 Apr 2015 [Yegor Kozlov / David]

Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file
formats.


Releases
--------
There were two releases in the last quarter:
POI 3.12-beta1   on 28 February 2015
POI 3.11-FINAL on 21 November 2014

Community
---------

No new committers/PMC members added in the last quarter.

Project Status
---------

Apache POI continues to be an active project, both in terms of
community and development. Traffic on the mailing lists has been
steady in the last 3 months.

Most patches are applied without much delay.

General Comments
----------------
There are no issues that require Board attention.

18 Mar 2015 [Yegor Kozlov / Rich]

No report was submitted.

18 Feb 2015 [Yegor Kozlov / Ross]

No report was submitted.

17 Dec 2014 [Yegor Kozlov / Brett]

Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file
formats.


Releases
--------
There were two releases in the last quarter:
POI 3.10.1  on 18 August 2014
POI 3.11-beta3 on 11 November 2014

The release vote on 3.11 final is in progress and we are hoping to push it on
the mirrors within a week.


Community
---------

No new committers/PMC members added in the last quarter.
Last committer and PMC was added in December, 2013 (kiwiwings)


Project Status
---------

Apache POI continues to be an active project, both in terms of
community and development. Traffic on the mailing lists has been
steady in the last 3 months.

Most patches are applied without much delay.

General Comments
----------------
There are no issues that require Board attention.

19 Nov 2014 [Yegor Kozlov / Bertrand]

No report was submitted.

17 Sep 2014 [Yegor Kozlov / Greg]

Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file
formats.

Releases
--------

POI 3.11-beta2 released in August 2014
POI 3.10.1 released in August 2014
POI 3.11-beta1 released in July 2014

Community
---------

Uwe Schindler (uschindler) was added to POI PMC in August 2014.

Project Status
---------

Apache POI continues to be an active project, both in terms of
community and development. Traffic on the mailing lists has been
steady in the last 3 months.

Most patches are applied without much delay.

General Comments
----------------
There are no issues that require Board attention.

20 Aug 2014 [Yegor Kozlov / Bertrand]

No report was submitted.

21 May 2014 [Yegor Kozlov / Sam]

Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file
formats.


Releases
--------
There have been no releases in the last quarter.
The last release is 3.10-FINAL released on 8th February 2014


Community
---------

No new committers/PMC members added in the last quarter.
Last committer and PMC was added in December, 2013 (kiwiwings)


Project Status
---------

Apache POI continues to be an active project, both in terms of
community and development. Traffic on the mailing lists has been
steady in the last 3 months.

Most patches are applied without much delay.

General Comments
----------------
There are no issues that require Board attention.

19 Feb 2014 [Yegor Kozlov / Shane]

Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file
formats.


Releases
--------
Version 3.10-FINAL was released on 8th February 2014


Community
---------

 Andreas Beeker (kiwiwings) has been voted in as a POI committer/PMC member


Project Status
---------

Apache POI continues to be an active project, both in terms of
community and development. Traffic on the mailing lists has been 
steady in the last 3 months.

Most patches are applied without much delay.

General Comments
----------------
There are no issues that require Board attention.

20 Nov 2013 [Yegor Kozlov / Brett]

Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file
formats.


Releases
--------
There was a bug fix release in the last quarter:
POI 3.10 beta2 on Sep 19 2013 .


Community
---------

No new committers/PMC members added in the last quarter.
Last committer and PMC was added on Jul 8, 2013 (tallison) 


Project Status
---------

Apache POI continues to be an active project, both in terms of
community and development. Traffic on the mailing lists has been 
steady in the last 3 months.

Most patches are applied without much delay.

General Comments
----------------
There are no issues that require Board attention.

18 Sep 2013 [Yegor Kozlov / Chris]

Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file
formats.


Releases
--------
There was a bug fix release in the last quarter:
POI 3.10 beta1 on Jul 2 2013 .
Our next release POI 3.10 beta2 is being voted and should be release
in mid September 2013.


Community
---------

Tim Allison (tallison) and Cedric Walter (cedricwalter) have been voted
as new committers and PMC members.

Project Status
---------

Apache POI continues to be an active project, both in terms of
community and development. Traffic on the mailing lists has been
steady in the last 3 months.


General Comments
----------------
There are no issues that require Board attention.

21 Aug 2013 [Yegor Kozlov / Sam]

No report was submitted.

AI: Sam to pursue a report for POI

19 Jun 2013 [Yegor Kozlov / Shane]

Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file
formats.


Releases
--------
There have been no releases in the last quarter.
The last release is version 3.9, released on 3rd December 2012

A bug fix release of POI 3.10 is being discussed on the mailing list.
We plan to roll the release candidate  in the second half of June.


Community
---------

Dominik Stadler (centic) has been voted as new committer and PMC member.
Two more people submitted their ICLAs and expressed interest in becoming POI
committers: Tim Allison and Cedric Walter.

Project Status
---------

Apache POI continues to be an active project, both in terms of
community and development.
The number of open bug reports and submitted patches significantly
grew in the last 3 months.
The POI team is planning to address them in the nearest time.
Traffic on the mailing lists has been steady in the last 3 months.


General Comments
----------------
There are no issues that require Board attention.

15 May 2013 [Yegor Kozlov / Greg]

No report was submitted.

Ross asked PMC to report next month

20 Feb 2013 [Yegor Kozlov / Rich]

Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file
formats.


Releases
--------
Version 3.9 was released on 3rd December 2012


Community
---------

No new committers/PMC members.

Project Status
---------

Apache POI continues to be an active project, both in terms of user
activity and development.

Traffic on the mailing lists has been steady in the last 3 months
(Nov 01 2012 - Feb 01 2013):

- User mailing list: 354 messages
- Dev mailing list: 319 messages
- Commits: 161 commits

Most patches and bug fixes are applied without much delay.

General Comments
----------------
There are no issues that require Board attention.

21 Nov 2012 [Yegor Kozlov / Jim]

Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file
formats.


Project Status
--------------

Apache POI continues to be an active project, both in terms of user
activity and development.

Traffic on the mailing lists has been steady in the last 3 months:

- User mailing list: 331 messages
- Dev mailing list: 511 messages
- Commits: 84 commits

Most patches and bug fixes are applied without much delay.

GSoC student has successfully completed his project and has been voted
in as a POI committer/PMC member.

Releases
--------
No releases in the last quarter. We are aiming to release POI-3.9 in
December 2012.

AI: Ross Any chance someone can blog about your success and link it from http://community.apache.org/mentoring/experiences.html

15 Aug 2012 [Yegor Kozlov / Ross]

Project Description
--------------
Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file
formats.


Project Status
--------------
We have no issues that require Board assistance at this time.


Community
---------

Evgeniy Berlog has been voted in as a POI committer/PMC member

Traffic on the mailing lists has been steady. Most patches and
bug fixes are applied without much delay.


This year POI is participating in GSoC, the student is doing well
and passed the mid-term evaluation.

Releases
--------
No releases in the last quarter.
We are aiming to release POI-3.9 in late 2012.

16 May 2012 [Yegor Kozlov / Jim]

Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file
formats.

Project Status
--------------
We have no issues that require Board assistance at this time.

Community
---------

In the last quarter we haven't added any new committers and PMC members.

This summer a GSoC student is participating in the POI project.
His ICLA is already on file and providing all is good he will be a
committer soon.

Traffic on the mailing lists has been steady. Most of patches and bug fixes are
being applied without much delay.

Releases
--------
On March 26, 2012 we released a stable release of POI-3.8.
Next release is planned for late 2012, we hope it will include
contributions from GSoC.

15 Feb 2012 [Yegor Kozlov / Shane]

Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file
formats.

Project Status
--------------
We have no issues that require Board assistance at this time.

Community
---------
In the last quarter we haven't added any new committers and PMC
members.  Traffic on the mailing lists has been steady. Most of
patches and bug fixes are being applied without much delay.

Releases
--------
POI-3.8 beta 5 has been released on December 17th, 2011. This release
is a step towards 3.8-FINAL which we plan to release in 2012 (Our last
stable release, POI-3.7, was released in October 2010)

16 Nov 2011 [Yegor Kozlov / Greg]

Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft office file
formats.

Project Status
--------------
We continue to have an active community with high levels of
participation from users on mailing lists and issue reporting in Bugzilla.

We have no issues that require Board assistance at this time.

Community
---------
In the last quarter, we haven't added any new committers.
Traffic on the dev list has been steady. Most of patches and bug fixes are
being applied without much delay. Traffic on the user list is down relative
to the previous quarter (350 vs 600 messages in the previous quarter).

Releases
--------
We released another beta release this quarter, 3.8 beta 4 and we're aiming
to release 3.8-FINAL in December 2011 (Our last stable release, POI-3.7,
was released in October 2010)


Branding
--------
We believe we've now completed all the steps on the project branding checklist.

17 Aug 2011 [Yegor Kozlov / Roy]

Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft office
file formats.

Community
---------
In the last quarter we have added one new committer/PMC member, Jon
Svede. There are a few other potential committers who have submitted a
few substantial OOXML related patches, who we are working
with. Hopefully at least one of them will be proposed for
committership this quarter.

Traffic on the user list is steady this quarter, which is about 50% up
on this time last year. Dev list traffic is slightly up this
quarter. The number of reported issues is also up slightly, but we're
getting through quite a few of them, and patches are generally being
applied in a fairly timely manner.

Releases
--------
We've had two beta releases this quarter, 3.8 betas 1 and 2. We're
aiming for another beta release very soon, and likely 3.8 final this
quarter. (Our last stable release, 3.7, was released in
October). We're also in the process of moving to the new dist
svnpubsub model (as used by httpd et al), which we hope will make
releasing simpler and quicker.

Branding
--------
We believe we've now completed all the steps on the project branding
checklist.

20 Jul 2011

Change the Apache POI Chair

 WHEREAS, the Board of Directors heretofore appointed Nick Burch
 to the office of Vice President, Apache POI, and

 WHEREAS, the Board of Directors is in receipt of the resignation
 of Nick Burch from the office of Vice President, Apache POI,
 and

 WHEREAS, the Project Management Committee of the Apache POI
 project has chosen by vote to recommend Yegor Kozlov as the
 successor to the post;

 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that Nick Burch is relieved and
 discharged from the duties and responsibilities of the office
 of Vice President, Apache POI, and

 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Yegor Kozlov be and hereby is
 appointed to the office of Vice President, Apache POI, 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 7B, Resolution to change the Apache POI Chair,
 was approved by Unanimous Vote of the directors present.

19 May 2011 [Nick Burch / Noirin]

Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft office file
formats.

Community
---------
In the last quarter we have added one new committer/PMC member, Jon Svede.
There are a few other potential committers who have submitted a few
substantial OOXML related patches, who we are working with. Hopefully at
least one of them will be proposed for committership this quarter.

Traffic on the user list is steady this quarter, which is about 50% up on
this time last year. Dev list traffic is slightly up this quarter. The
number of reported issues is also up slightly, but we're getting through
quite a few of them, and patches are generally being applied in a fairly
timely manner.

Releases
--------
We've had two beta releases this quarter, 3.8 betas 1 and 2. We're aiming
for another beta release very soon, and likely 3.8 final this quarter. (Our
last stable release, 3.7, was released in October). We're also in the
process of moving to the new dist svnpubsub model (as used by httpd et al),
which we hope will make releasing simpler and quicker.

Branding
--------
We believe we've now completed all the steps on the project branding
checklist.

16 Feb 2011 [Nick Burch / Geir]

Apache POI is a Java library for reading and writing Microsoft office file
formats.

Community
---------
In the last quarter, we haven't added any new committers. One new
contributor has arrived, who's working on a potentially large new area of
support around ant integration. Yegor is providing mentorship. Assuming the
new code works out, and the contributor remains around for another few
months, we'll look to offer committership. No other potential committers are
currently on the horizon (most people submitting patches tend to promptly
vanish), though we keep on the lookout.

Traffic on the dev list has been steady this quarter. Traffic on the user
list is up again this quarter, and is probably at its best level since
about 2008. We remain grateful to one committer, Mark, who as ever is
working hard to pick up the questions that the community can't answer.

Commit activity and bug fixes seem to be progressing at an OK rate, and
patches are being applied without much delay.

Releases
--------
There have been no releases this quarter (our last release was 3.7 in
Novemeber, around the time of our last board report). We expect to do the
first 3.8 beta release in the near future.

Branding
--------
No change since our last board report. We continue to be almost there WRT
the guidelines, and just need to make a few TM related tweaks to the
website.

17 Nov 2010 [Nick Burch / Geir]

Community
---------
In the last quarter, we haven't added any new committers. One community
member we had been planning to offer committership to has vanished this
quarter, but we'll aim to offer it if they return. One other person has been
submitting several good patches via bugzilla, but not participating via the
mailing lists. Yegor is hoping to have the time to reach out and provide
some mentoring on this front, with a view to committership if all goes well
with increasing their community engagement.

Talks on POI at ApacheCon seemed well attended compared to others in their
tracks, and everyone seemed to enjoy them!

Traffic on the user and dev lists was steady until the 3.7 final release
went out, traffic on the user list since then has risen pleasingly.

Releases
--------
We released POI 3.7 beta 3 in September, then 3.7 final during ApacheCon.
The rough plan is for 3.8 in the summer, and the first beta in the spring
once the fixed-bugs-count is high enough to warrant one!

Branding
--------
Our website was largely compliant with the new branding requirements
already. Some tweaks to navigation titles/links for consistency have been
made, and we're aiming to tweak titles and logos shortly to add TM, now that
3.7 is finished.

18 Aug 2010 [Nick Burch / Noirin]

Community
---------
In the last quarter, we haven't added any new committers, though
we remain on the lookout as ever.

One of our committers, Mark, who has previously been our user list champion
has taken a new job, and had to cut back how much time he spends helping out
people on the lists. Other committers have stepped up to respond to the
harder user questions which Mark used to tackle, though not with quite the
same speed and detail as Mark used to manage...

The problems from the last quarter with how long patches took to be applied
seem to have largely been resolved, as people have found a few more cycles
to do this in. This is particularly good, as the number of submitted patches
seems to have been rising of late!

Traffic on the dev and user lists are slightly up on last quarter.

Releases
--------
We've done two beta releases in the last quarter, POI 3.7 betas 1 and 2.
We're aiming to get the final 3.7 release out before ApacheCon, with maybe
another beta release first, as dictated by user feedback.

Approved by general consent.

19 May 2010 [Nick Burch / Justin]

Community
---------
In the last quarter, we haven't added any new committers. However, someone who
has submitted several good patches in the past has returned, and intends to
submit some more. We expect to have a committership vote shortly, once CLAs
are in. However, no new people on the lists are currently showing
committership potential, though we remain on the lookout as ever.

We do currently have a slight problem with the rate at which submitted
patches are being applied, with some patches waiting quite a lot longer than
usual for review or commit. This seems to be due to all the people who
normally review and commit contributed patches being very busy at the same
time. Hopefully this will sort itself out naturally as people's schedules
move back out of sync, and is something we're all very aware of.

Traffic on the dev list is very slightly down, while the user list remains
steady. Mark continues to be the pmc member most likely to answer user
questions or produce new example code, for which we're all very grateful!

Encryption
----------
Developers from SAS asked a number of questions about encryption, and our
export notification. The more technical questions about our use, and the
reason for filing for the notification were discussed and answered on the
list. For the legal questions, they were pointed at the appropriate
foundation lists. We haven't heard back from them since then, so we assume
they're now sorted...

Releases
--------
No new releases this quarter, and our last release (3.6) was back in
December. It's expected that there will be a new release next quarter, once
people have a bit more time, and all pending patches are applied.

17 Feb 2010 [Nick Burch / Justin]

Community
---------
In the last quarter, we have added one new committer, Maxim Valyanskiy.
However, there are currently no new people on the lists showing the
potential to be added as a committer this quarter, though we remain on the
lookout as ever.

Traffic on the dev list was up in December, mostly due to release and
committer votes, but is subsequently back to its usual baseline. User list
traffic remains steady at around twice the dev list.

Bug report numbers seem fairly steady. A fair percentage of user queries and
bug reports lately relate to our support for Word, which remains our weakest
supported of the 3 main file formats (and isn't in the main jar, only the
scratchpad). Sadly despite a long standing notice on the website that this
area of the codebase needs new developers, the code continues to lack the
love (and possible re-write) that it really needs.

Quite a bit of work on the documentation has been done following discussions
at ApacheCon, which seems to have helped users based on on-list feedback,
but as ever some more work remains...

Releases
--------
We released POI 3.6 Final this quarter, in mid December. This featured quite
a number of bug fixes for the new features added in 3.5. It also includes a
smaller version of the OOXML schemas, as suggested by Tika, which seems to
have been well received!

18 Nov 2009 [Nick Burch / Geir]

Community
---------
In the last quarter, we haven't added any new committers, but our new
committer from last quarter has been getting on well. Yegor and David have
identified a couple of people from the list who show promise, and are keeping
an eye out for possible mentoring of them if more patches are forthcoming.

Traffic on the dev list has been at its usual levels. User list traffic was
slightly up again, with lots of discussions and questions on the new
features in 3.5. Bug report numbers seem fairly steady.

We had a fairly successful time at ApacheCon last week. Four committers
attended for the whole of the conference, and one other dropped in at times.
Monday saw a slot at the barcamp with lots of discussions on the size of one
dependency (the compiled ooxml xsds). On Tuesday we had a productive
hackathon, with lots of investigation into the xsd size, general bug fixing,
and discussions around documentation. Later in the week, Paolo gave a talk
which while lightly attended, did seem to get almost everyone relevant in
attendance! We also all had several chats with the Microsoft people at the
conference, which may yet prove fruitful.

David Fisher has agreed to do a big overhaul of our documentation, based on
discussions in Oakland. He's hoping to bring a proposal on his work to the
dev list shortly.

Releases
--------
We did eventually manage to ship POI 3.5 Final this quarter, at the end of
September, after some great work from much of the team to get it all
finished. We've fixed a fair few minor bugs since then (none major), so the
thinking is for a beta release soon, and a point release around christmas.

19 Aug 2009 [Nick Burch / Justin]

Community
---------
In the last quarter, we have voted in one new committer + pmc member, Mark
Beardsley. Mark has begun his committership with some much needed work on
the examples, and has hopes of updating the docs too!

At this time, we haven't been able to identify any other potential new
committers on the lists, but we keep our eyes open for them.

Traffic on the dev list has been slightly up, much of this around ooxml
compatibility (see below). Traffic on the user list is slightly up to,
partly driven by Mark's sterling work on complex user queries! Bug report
numbers seem fairly steady.
We have one talk accepted for the content track at ApacheCon US, and many of
the committers are hoping to attend the conference. Discussion about a
hackathon and meetup are ongoing.

Releases
--------
POI 3.5 final still remains elusive, though it is getting closer. Hopefully
if we do arrange a hackathon at ApacheCon, that should provide the push to
get the remaining release blocking bugs fixed and missing bits written.

There were no new 3.2 releases this quarter.

OOXML Compatibility
-------------------
This quarter has seen discussions on two areas of OOXML (Office Open XML)
compatibility. The first is on relative vs absolute paths to reference other
parts of the file. The spec indicates that relative should be used. We write
relative, but can read both. Excel writes absolute, but reads both.
OpenOffice writes absolute, but only reads absolute, so POI-generated OOXML
files are unreadable. After some discussions, we decided to add a flag to
toggle between the two behaviours in POI, and to set the default to be
absolute references (which is against the spec, but in line with everyone
else)

In July, Microsoft released Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac Service Pack 2
(12.2.0). This release contained what later turned out to be a number of
bugs in how OOXML files are loaded. The effect was that all POI produced
OOXML files were unreadable, and small number of Office 2007 for Windows
produced files.

Luckily, the first user of POI to notice this issue also had a Microsoft
support contract, and so was able to quickly link us up with the appropriate
people there to get this resolved. We were able to produce a workaround to
allow files to be re-written such that this faulty version of Office was
able to read them, as well as get confirmation from Microsoft that they
believed that what we were previously doing was correct. Microsoft have
recently produced an updated copy of SP2 (12.2.1) which corrects the issue,
and is now able to load POI produced files without issue.

20 May 2009 [Nick Burch / Justin]

Community
---------
A vote is currently in progress about a new committer, Mark Beardsley, which
looks set to pass. Yegor has kindly agreed to mentor Mark.

We are continuing to keep an eye out for other potential new committers, as
we recognise the need to keep drawing in fresh blood, but no others have
been identified so far.

Traffic on the dev list has been slightly down this quarter, but traffic on
the user list is up. Bug report numbers seem about steady, but are tending
to be for more obscure areas of the code, which is a good sign for the
quality of the core of the library, but that nothing's ever perfect!

The POI talk at ApacheCon EU was well attended for a Friday afternoon slot,
and there was a lot of interest in the new features we were discussing,
which is always nice. Unfortunately the BoF was rather thinly attended. We
are hoping to get a large portion of the current committers to ApacheCon US,
especially if some of the more far-flung ones can get their talks accepted,
and hence get help towards travel costs.

Releases
--------
No new POI 3.2 releases this quarter, and discussions about doing a 3.2.1
release with a few key bug fixes failed to attact enough interest to drive
one forward.

Work on POI 3.5 continues with another beta release, but there are still too
many open bugs to consider a FINAL release just yet. However, most of these
remaining bugs are in areas that don't overly affect the most active
committers, which is perhaps why no-one has found the time to squash them so
far...

18 Mar 2009 [Nick Burch / Sam]

Community
---------
No new committers or PMC members this quarter.

In the run up to our previous board report, we had identified a few
possible new committers. Some mentoring has happened this quarter, but the
people have drifted away somewhat, so no voting has occured. We continue to
keep an eye out for anyone else.

There was much "lively" debate in December, which saw Andrew Oliver resign.
The rest of the PMC has asked Andrew to reconsider, and David Fisher has
been taking the lead on this. If we are unable to get Andrew to reconsider
soon, we'll with much sadness follow the proceedure for removing him from
the pmc, and removing his svn commit.

Traffic on the dev list has been about steady this quarter, with a lot of
that covering licensing (see below). The user list traffic is slightly
down, but in keeping with the drop seem in the same quarter this year. Bug
report numbers seem about the same, though we've been having a bug push to
close off older bug reports this quarter.

We have one talk coming up at ApacheCon EU, and several committers
attending, so we hope to make some good progress in the hackathon.

Licensing, Notices etc
----------------------
We are very grateful to the work Jukka Zitting has been helping us with
this quarter on making sure we're following all the best practices.

One thing to come out of this was that we did have one datafile under a
non-approved license, but with all the information on its licensing clearly
listed in the Notice file. Once the error had been pointed out, we worked
quickly with the VSDump to get the file in question re-licensed, though in
the mean time the dev list did feature a heated debate, including Andrew's
resignation (see above).

With Jukka's continuing help, and plenty of input from the community, we've
tidied up a few more loose ends, and we hope that by the 3.5 final release
we'll be up to the standard of the best apache projects in this area.

Releases
--------
There have been no releases to POI 3.2 (our last version with no OOXML
support) this quarter. We have instead focused all our efforts on POI 3.5.

We have had two more beta releases of POI 3.5 (with OOXML support) this
quarter. The number of supported features continues to grow, and we once
again are aiming to do the final release next quarter... With ApacheCon EU
coming up, there's a chance we actually will do!

18 Feb 2009 [Nick Burch / Greg]

Greg to pursue a report for POI

19 Nov 2008 [Nick Burch / Justin]

Community
---------
No new committers or PMC members this quarter.

We have identified three potential new committers. Mentoring for them is
being provided by Yegor and Nick, and we hope to be able to vote on at least
some of them in the next month.

Traffic on the dev list has been slightly down this quarter, but this may
just be to do with fewer contentious legal and OOXML related things to fan
things up. The user list traffic is up again this quarter, at least in part
driven by the takeup of the new OOXML support. Bug report numbers seem about
the same, and are tending to be focused on the ooxml support, and other
newer areas of the codebase.

Code Grant
----------
We have received a grant for OpenXML4J, a small library which we use to
handle the in-zipfile metadata for OOXML files. All the paperwork is on
file, and the IP clearance vote on the incubator list has just passed. We
hope to start importing the code shortly.

Releases
--------
POI 3.2 (our last version with no OOXML support) was released on the 19th of
October. It contained a large number of bug fixes, improvements and new
functionality relating to text extraction, and improvements to the formula
parsing and evaluation system.

We have had two more beta releases of POI 3.5 (with OOXML support) this
quarter. The number of supported features continues to grow, and we once
again are aiming to do the final release next quarter!

20 Aug 2008 [Nick Burch / J Aaron]

OOXML Support
-------------
This quarter, with help from board members and pmc members, the legal issues
surrounding the ooxml support has been cleared up with Microsoft, and we now
have all the guarantees we wanted. We're very grateful to all those in the
ASF and at Microsoft who have worked on this for us.

Community
---------
No new committers or PMC members this quarter.

Traffic on the dev list has remained stable this quarter, but with fewer
legal discussions that means more coding discussions! The user list traffic
is slightly up, with lots more interest in the ooxml support. The number of
bug reports is up, but most of these are in edge areas of the code, or the
new ooxml support, so we see this as healthy.

The ooxml support has brought in new users to the project, who we're seeing
on the user list and bug reports. However, it has yet to bring in anyone who
has been identified as a potential new committer. We're hoping that the next
quarter will bring us some more new users who can be mentored towards
committership.

Releases
--------
We did a beta release of poi 3.5 (including the ooxml support) around a
month ago. We're planning another beta of it any day now. The final release
is aiming for some time in the next quarter.

POI 3.1 (no ooxml support) was released on the 30th of June, and included
a large number of bug fixes since POI 3.0.1, along with a small number
of new features. A maintaince release of this branch is expected next
month, and a beta of this is due very soon.

The board was pleased to see that the OOXML issue was resolved.

21 May 2008 [Nick Burch / Greg]

OOXML Support
-------------
The OOXML support has been improving quite a bit in the last quarter.

Starting in late March, running through to mid April, there was a lot of
debate on existance / non-existance of legal issues surrounding
implementing the OOXML support. Much of this took place on public lists,
especially poi-dev.

With help from pmc members and board members, we were able to clarify many
points, and draw up a small list of outstanding queries. These have now
been passed on to Microsoft, and we're hoping for the clarifications /
statements we seek in the near future.


Community
---------
We added three new committers + PMC members this quarter. These were Josh
Micich, David Fisher and Paolo Mottadelli

The lists have remained nicely active. We had several well received
sessions at ApacheCon EU, and lots of people there were keen to talk to us
about POI.


Releases
--------
We released a beta of POI 3.1 a few weeks ago. This carries on from the 3.0
series, and includes a great many bug fixes. We hope to do a final release
of this in the near future.

The first alpha release of POI 3.5 (including ooxml support) is on hold,
pending clarification on the legal issues from Microsoft.

20 Feb 2008 [Nick Burch / Greg]

OOXML Support
-------------

We started work on adding support for Office Open XML (ooxml), the new xml
file format introduced with Office 2007. We are mostly concentrating on
excel support, but we do have text extractors for all formats. All work is
being currently done in a svn branch.

We have been collaborating with the openxml4j project, who produce an asl v2
licensed library which works with the zip container of ooxml files.

It looks like the licensing questions around the use of the xsds for ooxml
are mostly answered, and hopefully we'll be ok to ship them fairly soon.


Releases
--------

We released 3.0.2 earlier this month. It contains an impressive list of bug
fixes compared to 3.0.1, and a fair few small new features

We're planning another release in the summer, to fit within our aim of a
release every 6 months. This may just be another 3.0.x version, or might
include the ooxml support, depending on if it's ready for merging back into
trunk by then.


Community
---------
We added one new committer, Ugo Cei. There are a few contributors who are
submitting good patches, who we may well offer committership too in the near
future.

The lists remain nicely active. We have also have a poi session at ApacheCon
EU.

Approved by General Consent.

14 Nov 2007 [Nick Burch / Geir]

Code
----

We've done a lot of bug fixes this quarter, and pleasingly many of the
bug reports are coming through with patches. Most of the new features
relate to Excel formula parsing and text extraction.

Community
---------

No new committers or pmc members this quarter. We have identified a
few possible new committers, and are working with them to improve
their code (mostly in the area of tests) before offering them commit.

Releases
--------

We are aiming to do a beta release in the coming weeks, then release
3.0.2 in late December or early January.

Future
------

There has been some discussions on supporting the new Office Open XML
(ooxml) file format, which was introduced with Office 2007. We believe
our high level code will work just fine, but we'll need to redo all
the record code to support XML as well as OLE2 serialisation, which is
quite a lot of work. In the absence of new developers or sponsorship
of existing ones, this is unlikely to progress much.

Approved by General Consent.

29 Aug 2007 [Nick Burch / Jim]

Releases
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There have been no new releases in the last month. We are provisionally
planning on another relase towards the end of the year.

Community
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No new committers or PMC members in the period.

General
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There have been a good number of patches sent in over the last month.
Several committers have also been contributing bug fixes and enhancements,
especially to HSSF. The change list since the last release is growing
quite nicely!

Approved by General Consent.

18 Jul 2007 [Nick Burch / J Aaron]

Releases
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We have recently released 3.0.1 Final. This includes various changes
relating to our TLP move. It also includes a few bug fixes, a few bits
of new HSSF (excel) functionality, and the new HSGF (visio) read-only
support.

Community
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No new committers or PMC members in the period.

General
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We have added two new components in the last month. HDGF provides a
low-level, read-only interface to Visio files. HSMF currently provides
a read-only interface to Outlook MSG files. We are expecting to add
quite a bit more HSMF functionality over the coming months.

Approved by General Consent.

20 Jun 2007 [Nick Burch / Geir]

Releases
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We had our first release in quite some time, 3.0 Final, just before the
TLP move was approved. This included several key new features, and was the
first full release to include hslf, our powerpoint library. We are
currently voting on 3.0.1, in which the main changes relate to the TLP
move.

Community
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No new committers or PMC members in the period.

We have selected Yegor Kozlov to be the release manager for the 3.1
series, with Nick Burch remaining the release manager for 3.0.x

General
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Since the TLP move, there has been slightly more activity on the dev list.
We have also had some interest in developing an outlook .msg component,
but no code had been contributed for this yet.

Approved by General Consent.

16 May 2007

Establish the Apache POI 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 relating to the
 creation and maintenance of open-source software related to the
 continued implementation of the library for manipulating files
 in various business formats currently known as Apache Jakarta
 POI, 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 POI Project", is
 hereby established pursuant to Bylaws of the Foundation; and be
 it further

 RESOLVED, that the Apache POI Project be and hereby is
 charged with the creation and maintenance of Apache POI;
 and be it further

 RESOLVED, that the office of "Vice President, Apache POI" 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 POI Project, and to have primary responsibility for
 management of the projects within the scope of responsibility of
 the Apache POI 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 POI Project:

   * Nick Burch <nick@apache.org>
   * Amol S. Deshmukh <amol@apache.org>
   * Jason Height <jheight@apache.org>
   * Marc Johnson <mjohnson@apache.org>
   * Rainer Klute <klute@apache.org>
   * Yegor Kozlov <yegor@apache.org>
   * Danny Muid <dmui@apache.org>
   * Andrew C. Oliver <acoliver@apache.org>
   * Avik Sengupta <avik@apache.org>
   * Glen Stampoultzis <glens@apache.org>
   * Sean Sullivan <sullis@apache.org>

 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Nick Burch
 be appointed to the office of Vice President, Apache POI, 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 Apache POI Project be and hereby
 is tasked with the migration and rationalization of the Apache
 Jakarta Project's POI; and be it further

 RESOLVED, that all responsibility pertaining to the Apache
 POI sub-project and encumbered upon the Apache Jakarta
 Project are hereafter discharged.

 Special Order 6B, Establish the Apache POI project, was
 approved by Unanimous Vote.