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From "A. Rothman" <amich...@amichais.net>
Subject Project status and perception
Date Sun, 10 May 2009 12:58:05 GMT
Hi all,

Here's a thought/feeling I've been having for a while regarding JAMES, 
as a user of many years (both at work and at home). It's not at all 
meant as a rant, but as the personal experience of a long time user who 
really wants to see this project thrive - this is how it looks from the 
'outside'. [reposted from elsewhere - oops :-) ]

Speaking for myself, I can't exactly say that I'm interested in more 
releases and features from a 2.x codebase with no active developers, 
targeted at Java 1.4 (won't even compile on 6), with chunks of the 
project's wiki (even task-related pages) last updated 4 years ago, based 
on some framework projects that have been discontinued years ago... at 
least that's the impression the project is making in the past couple of 
years - that it is a dying one.

But, I wouldn't want to abandon it either. As a user, the alternatives 
are either the above, or a trunk 3.0 version whose status, progress and 
future is not quite clear either - there's a v3 wiki page that was last 
updated at the beginning of 2005! Perhaps it's time for a proper 
alternative? Perhaps an alpha/beta of 3, with a fresh feeling of 
liveliness? Something to show a clear sign of activity and progress? 
cleaning up the wiki from ancient roadmaps and plans which have been 
abandoned long ago? I think that feeling of freshness would make it much 
easier to contribute than the current uninviting feeling of gloom... I 
contribute to several projects in what spare time I've got, and this one 
always gets pushed to the bottom of the list because of that feeling of 
'who knows if it's not already dead? Are there more than a dozen users 
still using it? haven't seen any movement there in months, years... why 
not work on that other well-supported project instead?' Or to paraphrase 
the well known quote - "contributors contribute to those projects who 
help themselves"...

...is it just me?

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