[eclipse.org-committers] Summary of BIRT 1.0 Release Review
*Summary of the BIRT 1.0 Release Review*
held by conference call May 6, 2005
The EMO begins by thanking Actuate and the rest of the BIRT team for
their strong effort in bringing the BIRT 1.0 release to fruition in a
short time. The team's productivity was amazing, and the quality of the
released tools is very high.
The EMO would also like to record that Actuate was the first new
Strategic Developer to join the Eclipse Foundation, and that BIRT 1.0 is
the first top-level project to conform to the Creation and Release
reviews of Eclipse Development Process. The EMO has been "learning the
ropes" along with the BIRT project and thus there are, admittedly, still
rough edges in the processes and standards.
During the Release Review conference call, the BIRT PMC presented the
state of the project to the attendees
and then answered questions from the Eclipse membership. Based on the
feedback received during this review, the EMO Approves the BIRT 1.0
release With Concerns, and thus requires certain remedial actions to be
taken in the next major release cycle:
1. The project has a strong software development process, but it will
become more open and transparent in the next release. The project
will use open bug reporting and testing, and public eclipse-hosted
2. The BIRT platform API (the ROM) is well defined, documented, and
validated in the 1.0 release.
During the next major release cycle, with community feedback and
validation, the provisional APIs of the 1.0 release will be
improved and better documented in accordance with the Architecture
Council's recommendations as documented in the (evolving) Eclipse
Quality APIs standard.
3. The PMC has done a good job of anticipating the extension points
for BIRT and providing exemplary tools for these extension points
in the 1.0 release. However, the PMC needs to further validate
these frameworks and tools with the community and drive them to
"Eclipse platform quality" as soon as possible.
4. The PMC will meet weekly, with public minutes, to ensure that
actions 1-3 are completed in the next major release cycle.
The BIRT PMC has committed to making these changes.
The Eclipse Foundation is pleased to join the BIRT project in announcing
the upcoming BIRT 1.0 release.
Congratulations again to the BIRT team!
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