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[aspectj-dev] A new AspectJ project lead

I've spent the last 4+ years leading the technical development of AspectJ.  This has been a fun and wild ride.  I remember my first crazy month on this project porting the initial Lisp-based AspectJ-0.2 compiler to produce the Java-based AspectJ-0.3 compiler.  We've come a long way from that early prototype used only by a few software-development researchers to the solid AspectJ-1.0 and AspectJ-1.1 releases now used for serious commercial development.

The growth of the community and the technology means that the original research and prototype development of AspectJ is complete. As such it is time for ongoing development and support of AspectJ to move outside of PARC. The project's move to eclipse.org was one important step in this transition.  When we made that move I accepted the position of "interim project lead" to maintain continuity while finishing the 1.1 release.  I knew that we would need to find new leadership outside of PARC to drive the work of building and maintaining a platform for large scale commercial deployment.

I've talked with many people about who should replace me as project lead and almost everyone said the same thing, "Adrian Colyer would be my obvious choice if only he has the time to do the job."  Well, I'm thrilled to announce that Adrian believes he has the time and has accepted the position of AspectJ project lead with the unanimous approval of both the eclipse technology PMC and all the committers on the AspectJ project.

I can't think of anyone I would be happier passing on this position to.  Adrian has extremely strong technical and management abilities demonstrated in both commercial and open source projects.  Perhaps more importantly, he really gets the idea of AOP and AspectJ and can clearly articulate its value to a broad range of people.  I'm excited to see where this project will go under Adrian's leadership.

Although I'm reducing the scope of my involvement in this project, I plan to remain a committer who can fix critical compiler bugs, address important architectural issues and help new contributors learn their way around the compiler code.

Thanks and keep in touch,
Jim Hugunin