Re: [tools-pmc] Fw: Visual Editor - proposal for Steve Robenalt to become a committer
+1 Thanks for the background.
|Joe Winchester <WINCHEST@xxxxxxxxxx>
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|[tools-pmc] Fw: Visual Editor - proposal
for Steve Robenalt to become a committer|
>As a point of interest, has Steve a committer anywhere else in Eclipse
and/or has be been contributing reasonable patches?
>I realize that we are interested in additional help on VE but we also
have to have confidence in the people driving the code.
The answer to both questions is no. Steve is not a committer anywhere
else and he hasn't been contributing patches.
However he has managed to step the VE codebase up to 3.3
all on his own. I've helped him via a few e-mails but he has done most
of the work under his own steam and brain power, and from his e-mails and
the questions he's asking I am extremely impressed with both his ability
and his enthusiasm. I am extremely keen to get to see his code Rich
Kulp and myself will review the port. Steve is keen to stay the course
as well and help to drive the project forward and become more involved.
The reason I'm not going through the patches route is that VE is just frozen
in time right now and it needs some kind of blow torch to defrost it, and
I'd rather get Steve on board while he's still keen on the idea rather
than bury him in red tape about getting approved that just turns him away.
The worst case is that he commits a bunch of bad code that Rich and
I decide is no good, in which case we can always roll back to before this
and deal with it, so there is no real danger. Given a choice of being possibly
proved a bad judge of character, or appearing unwelcoming of his efforts
and losing Steve's 3.3 port, I'd rather be the former.
Just to reassure you that I'm not just giving a badge to anyone who wishes
to be a committer, there is another fellow in China who I met at EclipseCon
who has built a XML serialization version of VE that doesn't persist in
Java. His code looks solid and I'm, again, very impressed with his
efforts, and he too wishes become more involved as a comitter. For
him I'm taking a different track and working together to co-author a tutorial
and example on the ve.examples plugin (i.e. not the core VE runtime) that
showcases XML persistence and documents the extension APIs that are involved.
This effort being done via patches and, when I'm more confident with
his work and the rest of the VE team feel comfortable, I expect him to
become a committer sometime soon going through a more traditional election
Steve is an exception though, and his joining VE at this time is the best
thing that's happened for the project in a long time.
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