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From Thilo Goetz <twgo...@gmx.de>
Subject Re: Writing something about the Sandbox
Date Thu, 01 Feb 2007 16:28:54 GMT
Here's what the Lucene folks say about their sandbox:

"Lucene project also contains a workspace, Lucene Sandbox, that is open 
to all Lucene committers, as well as a few other developers. The purpose 
of the Sandbox is to host various third party contributions, and to 
serve as a place to try out new ideas and prepare them for inclusion 
into the core Lucene distribution.
Users are free to experiment with the components developed in the 
Sandbox, but Sandbox components will not necessarily be maintained, 
particularly in their current state."

The Lucene sandbox is part of every Lucene release, it just comes with 
this disclaimer.  Since we've been modeling our sandbox on theirs, this 
is what we're aiming for.  I don't think we should add the sandbox to 
the first release, but after that, why not.

Thilo Goetz wrote:
> Marshall Schor wrote:
>> Other projects seem to treat the sandbox differently than as described 
>> below; I would prefer to keep the sandbox
>> aligned with usual Apache concepts for it, which seem to be - it's a 
>> subproject for potential new additions to the project or to 
>> subprojects of it, and things here are works in progress, with no 
>> guarantee that they will ever be promoted to
>> an official release of the project its subprojects.
>> We should (in my opinion) establish other subprojects which can do 
>> releases, etc., beyond the sandbox, for things like
>> annotators, parsers, consumers, and tooling.   Things would graduate
>>> from the sandbox into one of these subprojects (or into the main Apache 
>> UIMA project) when we want to convey some higher level of support / 
>> testing / acceptance, and to have official "distributions/releases" for.
>> I think that the sandbox should not be a subproject which does 
>> "distributions/releases".  This allows more freedom
>> to tinker, which I think is a valuable thing to have as some part of 
>> the project.
>> -Marshall
>> Michael Baessler wrote:
>>> Marshall Schor wrote:
>>>> Michael - could you write something about the Sandbox on Apache?  
>>>> Purpose, what's in it.  Something short - to be included in the 
>>>> docbook docs.
>>>> -Marshall
>>> So you want to include a short paragraph about the sandbox to the 
>>> docbook of the UIMA 2.1 release. I would only add something similar 
>>> as we have on the web:
>>>    The UIMA sandbox is a workspace that is open to all UIMA committers
>>>    and developers who would like to contribute code and join the UIMA
>>>    developer community. The sandbox is designed to host analysis
>>>    components like annotators, parser or consumers, as well as UIMA
>>>    tooling. All the components developed in the sandbox are free to use
>>>    and licensed under the Apache Software License
>>>    <http://incubator.apache.org/uima/license.html>.
>>>    A list of proposed analysis components and tooling for UIMA is
>>>    available at the UIMA wiki
>>>    <http://cwiki.apache.org/UIMA/uima-sandbox-components.html> and can
>>>    be discussed there.
>>> I would not tell the people what's currently in since we have no 
>>> release for the sandbox. My plan is to have also a release for the 
>>> sandbox as soon as we have released the core
>>> framework. For the next UIMA release we can add the components that 
>>> have already been released in the sandbox. Does this make sense?
>>> -- Michael
> I'm confused.  I don't see the difference between what you and what 
> Michael are saying.
> --Thilo

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