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For a test framework project, you should probably have a
chat/conversation with committer Markus Kuppe...and probably me as
well at some point (as I'm the main author of the RSA impl). We
could do it on this mailing list...or via some other
medium...whatever works best for all in terms of timing, etc....as
I'm on pacific coast of UI, Markus is in Europe now (I believe), and
I'm assuming that you are in Sri Lanka.
But you should probably identify and articulate what you are most
interested in doing first.
On 4/2/2012 5:01 AM, Jasintha Dasanayaka wrote:
Thank you for your thoughts/ideas about Google Summer of Code
projects for ECF. I am really interested in OSGI Remote Service .
So I would like to develop a test framework for remote
service. I Will do some research and post an update to dev@
Here are some thoughts/ideas about Google Summer of Code
projects for ECF. Many of them are building upon projects
that gsoc students have worked on in the past...and then
become ECF committers (going from being a gsoc student to an
ECF committer is not automatic, but if that's what you want
to do and your project is sufficiently valuable, it is a
possible path going forward).
Before I describe some individual projects, I should say
that recently (over past 1.5 years or so), loosely speaking
there have generally been 4 major technical 'themes' for
1) Remote services - ECF is one of the impls of the OSGi
remote services (RS) standard, and the remote service admin
(RSA) standard . There's been a lot of work done in this
area, and there are, IMHO, potentially several good gsoc
project for people interested in this area. ECF has a
'provider architecture', meaning that it's possible replace
the underlying remoting transport (even at runtime), and
still remain completely compliant with the RS/RSA standard.
Some ideas in this area:
a) New distribution and discovery providers: I've been
working on a Restlet-based remote services provider [1a],
and other providers are certainly possible...e.g. ones based
upon other rest frameworks (e.g. jax-rs), etc. Also there
is desire to have more/other discovery providers (our
discovery API is similarly provider-based)...we already have
zookeeper, dnssd, zeroconf, slp...and others are certainly
possible. Further, several of the existing providers could
probably use some upgrading of versions, etc.
b) A test framework for testing remote services. Since
remote services by definition involve inter-process
communication, there is very little in the support for unit
testing of network discovery and/or remote services.
c) Assisting in moving the ECF remote services
implementation up to the latest version of the OSGi
specification. I don't know what's involved here yet (as I
haven't examined the most recent version of the spec
closely), but I expect that there will be some enhancements
to RS/RSA that ECF would like to support.
d) Example applications, tutorials, and documentation. ECF
has a documentation sub-project [1b]...and it would be very
nice to have some more extended/complete tutorials and
example around remote services. In fact, it would be very
nice to have some example remote services running all the
time...for example to allow Eclipse (and ECF) users to
access some service....for communication/collaboration, for
remote testing (perhaps coordinated with 'b'), for remote
compiling/building, etc. Plenty of other services are
possible (e.g. integration with google, amazon, or other
e) ECF has several unique aspects relative to other OSGi
remote services implementations: i) We have support for
asynchronous remote services built in already ....ii) we
have a provider architecture...allowing consumers to 'mix
and match' discovery and distribution providers as needed.
2) Example...and/or Full Applications - ECF's Salvo
newsreader is a one such application , and there has also
been a lot of work with Real-Time shared editing, including
using the google wave implementation as a provider [3a].
3) Real-Time Collaboration Systems. ECF has already been
used to implement Coffee , shared code , and other
real-time developer collaboration systems. There is
certainly a lot more room for work here, however...and with
the emphasis on remote services over the past few years, and
the changes in Eclipse (e.g. toward Orion and e4) I think
there are a lot more new opportunities here.
4) There was a lot of work in voice-over-ip around 2 years
ago...but it seems to have slowed down some. I'm not really
sure why...as I think it would be great to jump-start the
work in VOIP again...particularly with the smart phones,
5) Anything having to do with OSGi on servers...for mobile,
iPod, Android, iPhone, etc as clients...for real-time
collaboration, communication, games (e.g. see ,) and
Here are some other useful links...See section s: 'Other
Cool Stuff' and 'Presentations' on  and , , .
On 3/29/2012 1:08 PM, tishan pubudu kanishka
I am a third year undergraduate at University of
Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. I have good knowledge in java
and have studied ECF platform a little during the
past few days. I went through your project site and
wiki. And I found the project is interesting. So I
would like to contribute to your project. I already
went through your API and also bug list. But still
could not find any lead to a good idea to implement.
So can anybody enlighten me on this.