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WebWork Merger Proposal
Added by Ted Husted, last edited by Ted Husted on Nov 25, 2005  (view change)

[PROPOSAL] Merger with WebWork

Presented by: Don Brown, Ted Husted, Jason Carreira, and Patrick Lightbody

Between the Clarity hubbub [1] and the Java Web Alignment brouhaha [2], it came up that WebWork would like to merge with another framework. Ted and Don followed up with the two core WebWork developers, Patrick Lightbody and Jason Carreira. As it turns out, they are very interested in merging WebWork with Struts. An archive of our discussions is available as a Quick Topic thread [3].

As some of you know, the underlying idea behind Ti was to use WebWork as the core of Struts Action Framework 2.x. Conceptually, WebWork and Struts 1.x are very similar. We've often said, without embarrassment, that WebWork does many things better than Struts 1.x. Meanwhile, WebWork has the ability to provide a layer of almost full backwards-compatibility for Struts 1.x, and we have already demonstrated we can integrate Beehive's (very cool) Page Flow with WebWork.

PROPOSAL: Bring WebWork into Struts through Struts Ti

We would to amend the Struts Ti sandbox proposal to provide for merging WebWork 2.2 into our codebase. The WebWork merger would be Ti phase 1. Much of the work now proposed for Ti would become phase 2.

  • Ti phase 1 = WebWork 2.2 + Struts 1.x compatibility library and migration tools
  • Ti phase 2 = phase 1 + Commons Chain integration + Beehive's Page Flow + simplified annotations + quick development mode

When the Ti phase 1 has coalesced and is providing a high degree of Struts 1.x compatibility, our intention would be to propose Ti as a Struts Action Framework 2.x candidate. Until that time, we would continue to consider Ti a "next generation" proposal and, pending a decison by the PMC, avoid attaching the 2.x label to Ti.

When BeeHive Page Flow matures, it may be proposed to be merged with Struts Ti as phase 2. That work could also be positioned as a new subproject depending on where the PMC feels it would be better suited. As we work on Struts Ti, we would also expect that work would continue on Struts Action 1.x, perhaps including feature changes that would bring the codebases even closer together.

To get started, we could bring the WebWork codebase into the Foundation through the Incubator. As part of the proposal to the Incubator, we could elect Patrick and Jason as committers, so that they could help us get Ti ready for an acceptance vote.

There is also a Confluence space [4] setup to manage documents relating to the proposal.

– Don Brown, Ted Husted, Jason Carreira, and Patrick Lightbody.

[1] Clarity - http://opensource2.atlassian.com/confluence/oss/display/WAG/Clarity

[2] Java Web Alignment Group - http://opensource2.atlassian.com/confluence/oss/display/WAG/Home

[3] Quick Topic Thread - http://www.quicktopic.com/33/H/KBfrHFUehSj/p16.1#QTmsg4

[4] Confluence space - http://opensource.atlassian.com/confluence/oss/x/kQY

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