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Introducing Jayashri Visvanathan

Posted by edburns on August 30, 2004 at 1:22 PM PDT

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 href="https://java-enterprise.dev.java.net/">Java Enterprise
community will benefit from having href="https://javaserverfaces.dev.java.net">javaserverfaces as an
open development project?

    Jayashri Visvanathan: Thanks for the introduction as well as
    for your vote of confidence. Following are some of the important
    benefits of open development.

    • 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">dev@javaserverfaces.dev.java.net
      alias, they can follow discussions about various issues including any
      code changes.

    • 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
      binaries.

    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
months?

    JV: Here's an unprioritized short list of some things I'd like
    to do

    • 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.

EB: How do you feel about competing with other JavaServer
Faces implementations? Where do you see your implementation
excelling?

    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
reports?

    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
face?

    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.

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