Sorry I’ve not written here sooner. I’d reached out to the Incubator list while
at the W3C’s TPAC even about keeping Apache Streams in the incubator in hopes
of also seeing it support the nearly finalized ActivityStreams 2.0
Since then, I’ve noticed Steve’s efforts to make Streams much simpler for new
years—which is fabulous! I (sadly) don’t code in Java…since college, but I do
have a desire to run code that aggregates my social streams into a standard
format, store it in a database I prefer (in my case Apache CouchDB), and do
cool stuff with it for my own reasons. ;) That desire is what drew me into the
Streams talk at ApacheCon.
While digging around the project documents, I’ve found two overview
descriptions of the project.
This one’s from the web site:
”Apache Streams (incubating) unifies a diverse world of digital profiles and
online activities into common formats and vocabularies, and makes these
datasets accessible across a variety of databases, devices, and platforms for
streaming, browsing, search, sharing, and analytics use-cases.”
And this one from the repo’s readme file:
“Apache Streams is a lightweight (yet scalable) server for ActivityStreams. The
role of Apache Streams is to provide a central point of aggregation, filtering
and querying for Activities that have been submitted by disparate systems.
Apache Streams also intends to include a mechanism for intelligent filtering
and recommendation to reduce the noise to end users.”
In either case, the story that I get—and the thing I want—is minimal setup to
get my Twitter, etc, piped into a database +/- an API +/- a UI.
Am I on the right track here? Or is Streams really meant for Java-developers to
mix into their projects?
Once I know that, I’ll know best how to help. :)