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Survey for preparing FreeMarker development effort

Daniel Dekany
Dear All,

While I'm not one of the original authors of the 2.x.x (non-classic)
line, seems I have gradually become the main maintainer of the
FreeMarker template engine over the last few years or so, as the
original authors (I mostly mean Jonathan and Attila) are inactive
around here. Only I couldn't allocate enough time for this either, and
this starts to become a problem for FreeMarker.

So, to catch up, I plan to allocate serious amount of time [*] for
FreeMarker development stating from late spring or early summer. The
goal of this effort is fixing long-standing issues (mostly design
issues that can be addressed without breaking backward compatibility
too much), adding frequently requested missing features (an those that
people don't request but I know they need it... :) ), increasing
usability (better error messages, better documentation, terminology
simplification) and to make FreeMarker more accessible for potential
contributors (fixing the branching mess, switching to Maven, Git,
modularization, addressing ownership/licensing and CLA issues).

Thus, as the first step, I would like to hear about what the wishes of
you as FreeMarker user are. What features you crave for the most, how
could FreeMarker integrate better with your product, what are the
things you or your fellow developers most often has problems with,
etc. (Of course, I do have a long list of things to fix/improve, but I
don't want to influence the discussion at this point.)

*: How much time, you might ask. I'm thinking of a few hundred hours
   here. Yeah, that's bold. What life will allow (work, family, etc.),
   is another question. We will see.

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Re: [Freemarker-devel] Survey for preparing FreeMarker development effort

Raymond Auge
Hello Daniel,

Thanks for this. The effort is greatly appreciated ... not that in our case we have any immiently pending issues to resolve. Things pretty much just work for us and have for a long time.

However, I will make it known within our own community that you are proposing this effort and see if I can drum up any particular set of needs or wishes to present them here.

Also, if at any time you feel that the maintenance of FreeMarker is threatened by lack of support, or your own ability/desire (work, life, etc.), please let use know as there may be occasion to help with that.

Sincerely,
- Ray


On Sun, Mar 10, 2013 at 9:06 AM, Daniel Dekany <[hidden email]> wrote:
Dear All,

While I'm not one of the original authors of the 2.x.x (non-classic)
line, seems I have gradually become the main maintainer of the
FreeMarker template engine over the last few years or so, as the
original authors (I mostly mean Jonathan and Attila) are inactive
around here. Only I couldn't allocate enough time for this either, and
this starts to become a problem for FreeMarker.

So, to catch up, I plan to allocate serious amount of time [*] for
FreeMarker development stating from late spring or early summer. The
goal of this effort is fixing long-standing issues (mostly design
issues that can be addressed without breaking backward compatibility
too much), adding frequently requested missing features (an those that
people don't request but I know they need it... :) ), increasing
usability (better error messages, better documentation, terminology
simplification) and to make FreeMarker more accessible for potential
contributors (fixing the branching mess, switching to Maven, Git,
modularization, addressing ownership/licensing and CLA issues).

Thus, as the first step, I would like to hear about what the wishes of
you as FreeMarker user are. What features you crave for the most, how
could FreeMarker integrate better with your product, what are the
things you or your fellow developers most often has problems with,
etc. (Of course, I do have a long list of things to fix/improve, but I
don't want to influence the discussion at this point.)

*: How much time, you might ask. I'm thinking of a few hundred hours
   here. Yeah, that's bold. What life will allow (work, family, etc.),
   is another question. We will see.

--
Thanks,
 Daniel Dekany


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Wave(TM): Endpoint Security, Q1 2013 and "remains a good choice" in the
endpoint security space. For insight on selecting the right partner to
tackle endpoint security challenges, access the full report.
http://p.sf.net/sfu/symantec-dev2dev
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