Sanjiva Weerawarana wrote:
> Stefano Mazzocchi writes:
> > > Apache SOAP is destined to become the "old version" and Axis to be
> > > the new and on-going version.
> >
> > I now understand this, but this is *NOT* clear from the outside.
> >
> > We must fix this in some way.
> Do you have any suggestions? We (Apache SOAP developers) have repeated
> this a hundred times on the soap-user list for example.
> Maybe what we should do is do one last release and then put flashing
> lights on saying this is it and that the next
> soap impl will be from axis. 

I love this! Yes, IMHO, no matter how many times you tell this to users,
this is not going to be evident from those lurkers (me included!) who
aren't subscribed to that list.

> The reason for one last release is that
> there have been many bug fixes / improvements over the last six
> months that many would find useful while they wait for Axis to mature
> and stabilize. 

Absolutely. This is what we did for JServ/Tomcat transition and makes
total sense.

> People building products using this stuff don't like
> to be based on nightly builds obviously.

I fully understand this (keep in mind that at the time of jserv/tomcat
transition, we had Oracle shipping Jserv into their App Server, so I
know what you're talking about, but for sure this proves it can be
> We need to make the relationship between Apache SOAP and Apache Axis
> well-known, not just well-defined. I'm all ears on how to make that
> better.

Look at Top of the page. it clearly shows what
to do: state clearly and loudly what the community wants to do.
> > Ah, a new PMC. Sam expressed the same intention.
> >
> > >From where I stand, this is very likely to become
> > *the* political battleground around here and, if I'd be happy to let you
> > guys take care of that yourself, I'm concerned about the initial
> > diversity of the PMC required to bootstrap this community.
> >
> > I don't want to see the old xerces/crimson mess multiplied by an order
> > of magnitude, even if I don't participate in that community in first
> > person.
> >
> > Anyway, I fully trust the Apache Board judgement on this.
> You may be right; we should leave this stuff in the XML PMC and
> let you guys deal with the politics ;-). 


> Maybe the right thing to
> do is let things sit in the XML PMC until things stabilize in the
> Web services space and then (and if necessary) move it to a separate
> PMC. 

My personal perception is that if a new PMC for web services is created,
even finding the necessary people to stand in that PMC in order for
political irritation to be low will be hard, at present.

So, I totally agree with you that this is probably the wisest solution
right now, even if this is likely to create some overhead of "proposed
codebases" on this list (but we all are willing to tackle it).

> I am not one to push for unnecessary administrative overhead,
> so if things work ok and if the Web services stuff get well built,
> used and supported, well, then what's there to complain about.
> Anyway, I don't think anyone's proposing that a new PMC be created
> right now! (I hope not anyway ..)

Stefano Mazzocchi      One must still have chaos in oneself to be
                          able to give birth to a dancing star.
<[EMAIL PROTECTED]>                             Friedrich Nietzsche

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