Introducing Jayashri Visvanathan
After leading the JavaServer Faces implementation team through our
1.0 release I deciced to spend more time on developing the specification
itself, and have handed the leadership over to the ever-so-capable
Jayashri Visvanathan. Jayashri was a key contributor to the project
during 1.0, and has lead the team through the 1.1 and subsequent
releases. I'm devoting this blog to giving the community a chance to
get to know Jayashri better, and to give her a chance to share her
vision for the future of the JavaServer Faces project.
Ed Burns: How do you think the
community will benefit from having href="https://javaserverfaces.dev.java.net">javaserverfaces as an
open development project?
One of the major concerns of the community has been that they
have no knowledge of what features/bugs would be addressed in the next
release. With open development, they have access to issues list for the
current release as well as for the future releases.
They get to file issues and track any updates to that issue. If
they are subscribed to the href="https://javaserverfaces.dev.java.net/servlets/ProjectMailingListList">firstname.lastname@example.org
alias, they can follow discussions about various issues including any
They are able to get access to the bug fixes/features on a day
to day basis. Currently we don't have nightly builds set up but it will
be available shortly.
They have access to latest source code. Once the JDL license for
JSF is available, they will be able to modify and redistribute the
Jayashri Visvanathan: Thanks for the introduction as well as
for your vote of confidence. Following are some of the important
benefits of open development.
To summarize, they get to fully participate in the development of
JSF, as an observer, code contributor or as a committer.
EB: What are your priorities for the project over the next 6
Make nightly builds available.
Set up cruise control so that it can viewed externally. For those
who are not aware, cruise control defines a build cycle determines
if a build is necessary, if so builds, runs tests, creates a log
file, and sends notifications. Right now, this is running on a Sun
system and we would like to make it available to everyone.
Start accepting external contributions. To make this happen we are
looking at how to make it as easy as possible for external
committers to run the test suites.
Continue to focus on improving the performance of the RI in order to
make it production quality.
Build a community of developers who are committed to increasing the
quality of Sun's JavaServer Faces implementation.
JV: Here's an unprioritized short list of some things I'd like
EB: How do you feel about competing with other JavaServer
Faces implementations? Where do you see your implementation
JV:JSF RI tracks the spec very closely serving as a proof of
concept for the JSF specification. In addition, thanks to Ryan Lubke,
our TCK Engineer, the tests are being run on a continous basis to catch
any spec violations early and often. Our goal is to make the RI
production quality and highly scalable.
EB: How do you plan to address feature requests and bug
JV: Bugs will be evaluated within a week. If the bug is
critical enough or is show stopper, we would make every effort to
address it immediately. I would like to take this opportunity to
encourage everyone to file issues for all bugs and any feature requests
they have. To help us to quickly fix the bug, be sure to include as
much information with your report as possible such as a test case, your
platform, version numbers and steps to reproduce the problem.
EB: What can you tell us about your process for accepting
contributors to the project?
JV: We are currently accepting code contributions/patches
from the community. Detailed guidelines for submitting patches is in
FAQ. In order for your patch to be accepted quickly, please attach a
test case. JSF team follows test first development & code review process
strictly, so if a patch doesn't have a test case, we would have to
create/update an existing test for it which would delay the acceptance
of your patch. Contributors who give frequent and valuable
contributions can become a committer if they desire. Again,the FAQ
details the JSF code development process.
EB: What do you see as some of the challenges this project may
JV: Our challenge would be make the RI highly scalable and
of production quality in addition to keeping up with the latest spec
revisions. With help from the community, its a definite possibility.
EB: How will you judge the success of the project?
JV: Based on community's feedback and their
participation. JSF community has always been very vocal about pointing
good and bad things about the specification as well as the RI and I hope
they continue to do that and thats key to success of this project.
With that, I would like to thank you once again for introducing me
and I look to forward to working with the Java Enterprise community.