Chris K Wensel commented on ZOOKEEPER-679:

Its more of a mater of what's more utilitarian. Your code can be locked up into 
the apache repo where only mods must be submitted as patch files, or in github 
where people can branch/fork/merge at will. 

note that some projects are doing away with contrib folders since most of the 
contributions either become abandoned (partly because patch process is too 
onerous) or are very immature and buggy.

the code is now in github, you can choose to fork it and modify it. or ignore 

> Offers a node design for interacting with the Java Zookeeper client.
> --------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: ZOOKEEPER-679
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/ZOOKEEPER-679
>             Project: Zookeeper
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: contrib, java client, tests
>            Reporter: Aaron Crow
>            Assignee: Aaron Crow
>             Fix For: 3.4.0
>         Attachments: ZOOKEEPER-679.patch, ZOOKEEPER-679.patch, 
> ZOOKEEPER-679.patch, ZOOKEEPER-679.patch
> Following up on my conversations with Patrick and Mahadev 
> (http://n2.nabble.com/Might-I-contribute-a-Node-design-for-the-Java-API-td4567695.html#a4567695).
> This patch includes the implementation as well as unit tests. The first unit 
> test gives a simple high level demo of using the node API.
> The current implementation is simple and is only what I need withe current 
> project I am working on. However, I am very open to any and all suggestions 
> for improvement.
> This is a proposal to support a simplified node (or File) like API into a 
> Zookeeper tree, by wrapping the Zookeeper Java client. It is similar to 
> Java's File API design.
> Although, I'm trying to make it easier in a few spots. For example, deleting 
> a Node recursively is done by default. I also lean toward resolving 
> Exceptions "under the hood" when it seems appropriate. For example, if you 
> ask a Node if it exists, and its parent doesn't even exist, you just get a 
> false back (rather than a nasty Exception).
> As for watches and ephemeral nodes, my current work does not need these 
> things so I currently have no handling of them. But if potential users of  
> the "Node a.k.a. File" design want these things, I'd be open to supporting 
> them as reasonable.

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