January 2008 Board reports (see ReportingSchedule).

These reports are due to the Incubator PMC by 9 January 2008


Description - Buildr is a build system for Java applications written in Ruby.

Date of Entry - Nov. 2007

We're working toward Buildr 1.3 which will hopefully become our first Apache release. The main focus of this release is multi-language support with the big addition of Scala. It also opens the door for other languages. The work done around JRuby is also coming to fruition with, for example, the possibility of writing tests with RSpec to run against your Java classes.

A very steady stream of patches is coming from a steadily increasing community of users. We've had contributions for EAR support, JRuby, fixes around IDE tasks, ... We're monitoring closely the advanced users that submit patches consistently, to see if we can attract a few of them to become committers.

When 1.3 is ready, we'll have to face all the issues surrounding the release of Ruby code. Hopefully, when all these issues have been ironed out, our main problems will be solved. From then it's business as usual: continuing to build a healthy community around Buildr.


Project Name - Apache CXF

Description - SOA enabling framework, web services toolkit

Date of Entry - August 2006

Items to resolve before graduation:

Community aspects:

Code aspects:


UIMA is a component framework for the analysis of unstructured content such as text, audio and video. UIMA entered incubation on October 3, 2006.

Some recent activity:

Items to complete before graduation:



RCF is a rich component set for JSF which supports AJAX. We are in the process of analyzing and removing undesired dependencies of our code to be compliant in the OpenSource world.


Tika (http://incubator.apache.org/tika) is a toolkit for detecting and extracting metadata and structured text content from various documents using existing parser Libraries. Tika entered incubation on March 22nd, 2007. The previous report to the board can be found at http://wiki.apache.org/incubator/October2007.


No new committers since the last report, activity has been moderate but steady, leading to the 0.1 release.


Tika 0.1 (incubating) has just been released.

Chris Mattmann intends to use that release in Nutch, That's good progress towards Tika's goal of providing data extraction functionality to other projects.

A new Tika logo was created by Google Highly Open Participation student, hasn't been integrated yet.

Issues before graduation:

Now that the first release is out, we need to work on growing the community and figuring out how to best interact with external parser projects.


Yoko (CORBA implementation) has been dissolved, with parts going Geronimo and CXF.