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Architecture Council/Meetings/April 8 2010

Meeting Title: Architecture Council Monthly Meeting
Date & Time: Thursday April 8, 2010 at 1500 UTC / 0800 SFO / 1100 Ottawa / 1600 London / 1700 Berlin attention DST change
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All AC Members are invited.

  • PMC Reps please confirm attendance or list your delegate below. Every PMC is required to name a primary and backup delegate, and to ensure that one delegate attends the meeting.
BIRT: Wenfeng Li Gary Xue
DTP: Brian Payton Linda Chan
DSDP: Martin Oberhuber TBD (DSDP-PMC)
Eclipse: Mike Wilson John Arthorne
Boris Bokowski
Modeling: Ed Merks Cédric Brun
Sven Efftinge
RT: Jeff McAffer Tom Watson
STP: Antoine Toulme Oisin Hurley
Technology: Gunnar Wagenknecht Wayne Beaton
Tools: Doug Schaefer
TPTP: Eugene Chan Joanna Kubasta (unofficial)
WTP: Tim deBoer Dave Carver
Neil Hauge
  • Regrets: Oliver Cole (standing conflict), Wenfeng Li (standing conflict), Mik Kersten (travelling), Markus Knauer (travelling)

Agenda / Notes

  • Feel free to edit, but not during the call!

Review of Last Meeting

New Topics

  • Tom S Common Builder Cookbook?
    • been on vacation, still on the list
  • Chris A: bug 305544 Shortening the new committer process? Eg Orbit requires 7 days
    • Wayne: Essence of the bug is allowing PMC's to shorten the new committer process
    • Martin: Do some "parallel IP" like thing eg allow repository access immediately but have the full
    • Tom: More in favor of reducing time rather than adding more complexity
    • Dave C: Provisioning / Paperwork is often more time than getting the voting done
    • Jeff: Wants to keep 1 week voting, but still make it faster allow people to commit code
    • Wayne: Start paperwork process at the time of nomination in parallel to voting
    • Resolution: continue discussion on the bug, Wayne to talk to IP team / Webmaster
  • Jeff: Structuring of SDK, runtime and tooling features: meeting your consumer's needs.
    • In RT, a number of projects ship runtimes + sources + tooling, these are often lumped together e.g. target platform as part of the tooling.
    • Proposal: EclipseRT projects (including EMF, GEF, ...) to contribute features to show up in the Helios category for "Target Platforms"
    • Introducing some guidelines for doing this ... talked about this on RT PMC
    • Antoine: Going to create an RT download?
      • Jeff: yes, but challenge is what is it and how is it positioned? Stack or Demo App? - Similar problem like RCP download, which doesn't run by itself.
      • There's tons of possibilities, what to pick? More than 3 packages is probably too much
      • Jeff invites interested parties to participate on the RT PMC Mailinglist Discussion join conversation about guidelines, packages etc
      • Discussion focused "what are the boxes"
  • Martin: New AC Members Process
    • (a) the process: published Wiki criteria for ac members, phonecall nomination, then mailinglist discussion
    • (b) nominating people into the AC vs creating workgroups for jobs to be done - people agree that AC membership is more than just "work to be done"
    • (c) Kim and Kenn are approved -> AI Martin follow up with Mike to check paperwork
    • (d) How the process is documented on the Wiki -- John: Main landing page should link to documents like that; Categories are useful, add AC Category to Process -- AI Martin revise the Wiki
  • Antoine T.: discuss new TLP for languages
    • Dave C agrees; Jeff: Board needs to approve TLP's - Board will want a very clear scope; AI Antoine file a bug for asking Community input
    • Jeff, Wayne - people interested in languages should perhaps just take over the Tools PMC.
    • Perhaps there isn't much coherence and discussion required in Tools? - In RT there is much more common goals
    • Wayne: Why is it hard to get any response about tools related questions? - Doug S: There is nobody with a vetted interest
    • Wayne: A new TLP doesn't make a Community magically appear... Community must be developed; Jeff: Structure is not going to fix the Problem.
    • Dave C: Concept of Tools needs a review - it's just a dumping ground now
    • Merge into Tools and Technology to have ONE dumping ground?
    • Dave C: "Eclipse Labs Project" .. Wayne: Eclipse Labs is a different way of getting into the Eclipse Community
    • Jeff: Historically, Tools and Tech were separate in order to clearly indicate to consumers the state of a project
      • Doug S: Consumers don't go to the TLP pages, they go right to the area they are interested in
      • AI Wayne file a bug for further discussion

Overflow items not yet discussed

e4 - current state of affairs

Items for next meeting

Regular briefing on the status of e4.

Old Topics

We need to reduce our bug backlog, by actually coming to a common resolution on some. Here are the most recent ones:

  • DaveC would like to discuss New Committer Guidelines; Scrum / Agile techniques
  • bug 285074 - Dave Carver - Hudsonbuilder and write access to the cvs / svn repo
  • bug 283745 - Maven Repository at Eclipse
  • bug 288393 - Denis - Bugzilla Best Practices
  • The art of project release naming - no bug yet ?!?

Action Items

  • (old) Martin to follow up on Architecture Diagrams idea
  • (old) Michael to flesh out the Patterns idea and remind the EAC -- started Architecture Council/Top Ten Recommendations#Design Patterns, backed by EclipseCon tutorial proposals
    • While these show how well-known GoF patterns are applied in Eclipse, Michael's idea was more to find and describe new patterns which are specific to Eclipse
  • (old) Michael to draft an E-Mail about the "plugin granularity" idea, searching for people to lead the effort
  • (old) Tools and Tech PMC's to encourage incubating grandfathered projects find a mentor; mentorless projects due to AC members quitting or falling dormant
  • (old) Martin to add Eclipsecon meeting notes onto the wiki
  • (old) Mik to create initial "architectural walkthrough" material for Mylyn -- 1 wiki page not too large, send link to the mailing list
  • (old) Dave C work with Wayne on a "handbook" for project criteria for becoming a committer (referencing committer guidelines)
  • (old) Dave C come up with a document how to save build resources
  • (old) Dave C to try bugzilla UNCONFIRMED state
  • (old) Wayne to ask Sonatype about Nexus test installation
  • (old) Wayne to try doing a 3.6m2 API Report on Helios m2

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