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From Benedikt Ritter <>
Subject Re: [Laboratory Toolkit] proposing a new Apache Commons component
Date Thu, 05 Dec 2013 07:52:57 GMT
Bonjour Valentin,

welcome to the ML. Good to hear that you've decided to join the open source

First of all, it would really help, if you could elaborate some use cases
for your library. You're talking about building algorithms. What kind of
algorithms can be build with Laboratory Toolkit? Can you give some code
examples (just create some gists at github that show the the use of
Laboratory Toolkit)?

There is an important requirement for any code to be incorporated into the
Apache code base:
- the interlectual property (IP) of the code has to be owned completely by
the contributor. You said, that you've build the Laboratory Toolkit for a
research project. Are you sure that you own the code? Or is it the result
of your work and thus is owned by your employer?

At commons we have some additinal requirements:
- There should be a group of people who is willing to maintain the code
- Commons components should in general not depend on any other libraries
- Commons uses maven as the main build tool, so there should be a maven
build available
- The code should have a good test coverage

You have to figure the IP issue out on your own first.
After that, if the community decides to accept this contribution, we can
work on the commons requirements.

Best regards and thank you,

2013/12/4 Valentin Waeselynck <>

>  Hello to all,
> As part of a small research project (which combined techniques of
> text-mining, machine-learning and natural language generation, not that
> it's really relevant) I have come to design a small JavaSE library, which
> I'm for the moment calling the Laboratory Toolkit, for developing our
> algorithms in a comfortable and flexible manner.
> I have found it to be quite generic and reusable, not tied to any
> application domain, while still being rather accessible, and small enough
> to comprehend it easily. Therefore, I would like to propose it as a new
> Apache Commons component. I would be very grateful if one of you could
> tell me what steps I should follow for that purpose.
> I have uploaded it on Github :
> There you may
> find the sources, the javadoc, and a small guide I have started to write
> for it (also attached to this mail).
> Of course, I am very open to feedback and criticism on your behalf. The
> last thing I want is to publish an immature or useless component; nor do I
> take a positive answer from you for granted.
> If I have failed to follow the proper procedure to propose a new candidate
> component, it is not on purpose, and I apologize in advance.
> Whatever your reply, and since I have the chance, I would also like to
> congratulate you for all your work. The Apache Commons components have
> really been lifesavers to me, on many occasions.
> With best wishes,
> Étudiant en 3° année à l'École Polytechnique
> +33 6 80 84 99 54
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