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[ormf-dev] The way forward

We do not have unanimous agreement on the direction forward. Barbara, Wolfgang and I are of the opinion that we should dive in and create the long term architecture immediately. Achim is for the more gradual approach of first completing Useme "as is" then taking on a gradual re-engineering. Ben and Vasile have not expressed opinions. Under normal circumstances I would be tempted to simply call for a vote, but there are two good reasons that I would prefer if we could discuss this out until we have everyone in agreement:

  1. There are good sound reasons (arguments) for both approaches and I think that all of us have come to our conclusions after pondering the pros and cons.
  2. This decision will obviously drive the deliverables for the project for the foreseeable future, so it will have a significant overall impact. 

I do not think we need to reiterate all of the points here. I do want to state, though, that we really do understand Achim's point 

For the time being I'd prefer that we start doing minor tasks until a "real team" is established. I'd like to see some initial version in the SVN repository. We should start making this version work (by replacing invalid parts and fixing bugs). This should train the team using distributed development tools and methods and to know each others strength and weaknesses.

We simply do not believe that there is any long term value in doing that work. Wolfgang's remark to the extent that the community is unlikely to spend any time looking at (no less really using) a tool that will not be supported in the near future is accurate. So what does the project gain from releasing this? I would like to point out the even the ORMF team has not seen the value in exercising Useme. The smallest hurdle of having to install another JRE stopped everyone :-(  We also have had several other interested parties who requested access, but as soon as they understood it would not be released "as-is" their interest dissipated and they never tried it. I am anxious to get out a minimal release based on an architecture that will evolve.

Achim, I am also curious as to to why you changed you mind about Jaxen vs. EMF. At first you stated "switch to EMF (which I would prefer)", but now you seem to have turned 180. 

We look forward to everyone's thoughts and comments.

All the best,
B. & me