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Thursday June 28, 2018

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 29 June 2018

Let's wrap up June with a look at the Apache Community's activities over the past week:

Support Apache –help offset the ASF's day-to-day operating expenses. Every dollar counts.
 - Corporate matching gifts can double your individual contribution to the ASF. Add the ASF to your corporate matching gift program today: every dollar counts. http://apache.org/foundation/contributing.html#CorporateGiving

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 18 July. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series.
 - 24-27 September: Registration open for ApacheCon North America/Montreal http://apachecon.com/acna18/
 - 8 October: Apache Roadshow and Open Source Job Fair/Fairfax, VA --Save The Date!
 - We are seeking Media and Community Partners for ApacheCon: contact press@apache.org for details. 

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield happy performance at 96.42% uptime. http://status.apache.org/

ASF Operations Factoid –this week, 496 Apache contributors changed 953,779 lines of code over 2,869 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Daniel Gruno, zhangduo, Dewayne Richardson, Carlos Sierra Andrés, and stack.

Apache Ant™ –a Java library and command-line tool that helps building software.
 - Apache Ant 1.9.12, 1.10.4, and AntUnit 1.4 released http://ant.apache.org/

Apache Bahir™ –extensions to distributed analytic platforms such as Apache Spark.
 - Apache Bahir 2.2.1 released http://bahir.apache.org

Apache Groovy™ –a multi-facet programming language for the JVM.
 - Apache Groovy 2.6.0-alpha-4 and 3.0.0-alpha-3 released https://groovy.apache.org/

Apache Jackrabbit™ –a fully conforming implementation of the Content Repository for Java Technology API (JCR).
 - Apache Jackrabbit 2.6 retired; Jackrabbit Oak 1.9.4 and 1.4.22 released https://jackrabbit.apache.org/

Apache Kylin™ –an Open Source Distributed Analytics Engine designed to provide SQL interface and multi-dimensional analysis (OLAP) on Apache Hadoop, supporting extremely large datasets.
 - Apache Kylin 2.4.0 released https://kylin.apache.org/

Apache Lucene™ –a high-performance, full-featured text search engine library written entirely in Java.
 - Apache Lucene 7.4.0 and Solr 7.4.0 released http://lucene.apache.org/

Apache NiFi™ –an easy to use, powerful, and reliable system to process and distribute data.
 - Apache NiFi 1.7.0 released https://nifi.apache.org/

Apache PDFBox™ –an Open Source Java tool for working with PDF documents.
 - Apache PDFBox 2.0.10 released http://pdfbox.apache.org/

Apache Qpid™ Broker-J –pure java implementation of messaging broker supporting Advanced Message Queuing Protocols 1.0 (AMQP 1.0, ISO/IEC 19464).
 - Apache Qpid Broker-J 7.0.7 released https://qpid.apache.org/

Apache SINGA (incubating)™ –a general distributed deep learning platform for training big deep learning models over large datasets.
 - Apache SINGA (incubating) 1.2.0 released http://singa.apache.org/

Apache Tomcat™ –a Java Servlet, JavaServer pages, Java Expression Language and Java WebSocket specifications implementation.
 - Apache Tomcat 8.5.32 released http://tomcat.apache.org/

Apache Traffic Control™ –Open Source, large-scale Content Delivery Network (CDN).
 - Apache Traffic Control 2.2.0 released http://trafficcontrol.apache.org/

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Apache Feathercast showcases Apache projects and their communities? Subscribe to the podcast feed and keep up with the voice of the ASF! https://feathercast.apache.org/

 - Did you know that you can watch presentations from the Apache Roadshow and FOSS Backstage at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLDJ_V9KUOdOFSbDvPfGBxw ?

 - Did you know that Twitter is productionizing machine learning workflows with Apache Airflow? http://airflow.apache.org/

Apache Community Notices:

 - The Apache Software Foundation Celebrates 19 Years of Open Source Leadership "The Apache Way" https://s.apache.org/gK4Q

 - Read "Open – For Business – At the ASF" by Merv Adrian, VP Research at Gartner https://blogs.gartner.com/merv-adrian/2018/03/27/open-for-business-at-the-asf/

 - The Apache Software Foundation 2018 Vision Statement https://s.apache.org/zqC3

 - Apache in 2017 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/h8do

 - Foundation Statement –Apache Is Open. https://s.apache.org/PIRA

 - "Success at Apache" focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/category/SuccessAtApache

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation

 - Do friend and follow us on the Apache Community Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ApacheSoftwareFoundation/and Twitter account https://twitter.com/ApacheCommunity

 - The list of Apache project-related MeetUps can be found at http://apache.org/events/meetups.html

 - ApacheCon North America will be held 24-27 September in Montreal http://apachecon.com/

 - Save the Date: Apache Roadshow DC and Open Source/Government/Cyber/Job Fair - 8 October 2018 in Fairfax, VA http://apachecon.com/

 - ASF Quarterly Report: Operations Summary: November 2017 - January 2018 https://s.apache.org/UtBD

 - ASF FY 2017 Annual Report is available at https://s.apache.org/FY2017AnnualReport

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities --opportunities open with Apache HTTP Server, Avro, ComDev (community development), Directory, Incubator, OODT, POI, Polygene, Syncope, Tika, Trafodion, and more! https://helpwanted.apache.org/

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Friday June 22, 2018

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 22 June 2018

We're ending the week with the following activities from the Apache community:

Support Apache –help offset the ASF's day-to-day operating expenses. Every dollar counts.
 - Increase your support of the ASF with a corporate matching gift http://apache.org/foundation/contributing.html#CorporateGiving

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 18 July. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series.
 - 24-27 September: Registration open for ApacheCon North America/Montreal http://apachecon.com/acna18/
 - 8 October: Apache Roadshow and Open Source Job Fair/Fairfax, VA --Save The Date!
 - We are seeking Media and Community Partners for ApacheCon: contact press@apache.org for details. 

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield popping performance at 99.76% uptime. http://status.apache.org/

ASF Operations Factoid –this week, 479 Apache contributors changed 889,905 lines of code over 2,869 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Hervé Boutemy, Martin Desruisseaux, Stephen Mallette, Gary Gregory, and Mark Thomas.

Apache BookKeeper™ –a scalable, fault-tolerant, and low-latency storage service optimized for real-time workloads.
 - Apache BookKeeper 4.7.1 released https://bookkeeper.apache.org/

Apache Commons™ DBCP –implements Database Connection Pooling.
 - Apache Commons DBCP 2.4.0 released http://commons.apache.org/

Apache HBase™ –an Open Source, distributed, versioned, non-relational database.
 - Apache HBase 2.0.1 released http://hbase.apache.org/

Apache Qpid™ –JMS client supporting the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol 1.0 (AMQP 1.0, ISO/IEC 19464, http://www.amqp.org), based around the Apache Qpid Proton protocol engine and implementing the AMQP JMS Mapping as it evolves at OASIS.
- Apache Qpid JMS 0.33.0 and Qpid Broker-J 7.0.5 released http://qpid.apache.org/
- [CVE-2018-8030] Apache Qpid Broker-J Denial of Service Vulnerability when AMQP 0-8...0-91 messages exceed maximum size limit http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201806.mbox/%3CCAP3WMuQfUAc9pP95Et_aQN5ko%2B6EYe4nYD7zwNXp8%2B5KPsz8XQ%40mail.gmail.com%3E

Apache Tomcat™ Native –provides portable API for features not found in contemporary JDKs.
 - Apache Tomcat Native 1.2.17 released http://tomcat.apache.org/


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that you can subscribe to the Apache Feathercast podcast feed to receive the latest recordings as they are published? Hear the voice of the ASF! https://feathercast.apache.org/

 - Did you know that the Apache Flink website has been updated with more details about Flink's features and use cases? http://flink.apache.org

 - Did you know that Indeed is using Apache Mesos to help their teams control their own deployment infrastructure? http://mesos.apache.org/

Apache Community Notices:

 - The Apache Software Foundation Celebrates 19 Years of Open Source Leadership "The Apache Way" https://s.apache.org/gK4Q

 - Read "Open – For Business – At the ASF" by Merv Adrian, VP Research at Gartner https://blogs.gartner.com/merv-adrian/2018/03/27/open-for-business-at-the-asf/

 - The Apache Software Foundation 2018 Vision Statement https://s.apache.org/zqC3

 - Apache in 2017 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/h8do

 - Foundation Statement –Apache Is Open. https://s.apache.org/PIRA

 - "Success at Apache" focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/category/SuccessAtApache

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation

 - Do friend and follow us on the Apache Community Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ApacheSoftwareFoundation/and Twitter account https://twitter.com/ApacheCommunity

 - The list of Apache project-related MeetUps can be found at http://apache.org/events/meetups.html

 - ApacheCon North America will be held 24-27 September in Montreal http://apachecon.com/

 - Save the Date: Apache Roadshow DC and Open Source/Government/Cyber/Job Fair - 8 October 2018 in Fairfax, VA http://apachecon.com/

 - ASF Quarterly Report: Operations Summary: November 2017 - January 2018 https://s.apache.org/UtBD

 - ASF FY 2017 Annual Report is available at https://s.apache.org/FY2017AnnualReport

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities --opportunities open with Apache HTTP Server, Avro, ComDev (community development), Directory, Incubator, OODT, POI, Polygene, Syncope, Tika, Trafodion, and more! https://helpwanted.apache.org/

 - Are your software solutions Powered by Apache? Download & use our "Powered By" logos http://www.apache.org/foundation/press/kit/#poweredby

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Friday June 15, 2018

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 15 June 2018

Happy Friday! Let's review what the Apache community has worked on over the past week:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 20 June. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series.
 - 24-27 September: Registration open for ApacheCon North America/Montreal http://apachecon.com/acna18/
 - 8 October: Apache Roadshow and Open Source Job Fair/Fairfax, VA --Save The Date!
 - We are seeking Media and Community Partners for ApacheCon: contact press@apache.org for details. 

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield crackling performance at 99.83% uptime. http://status.apache.org/

ASF Operations Factoid –this week, 561 Apache contributors changed 1,111,834 lines of code over 3,486 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Gary Gregory, Dan Klco, Dewayne Richardson, Andrea Cosentino, and Carlos Sanchez Gonzalez.

Apache Crail (incubating) –a high-performance distributed data store designed for fast sharing of ephemeral data in distributed data processing workloads.
 - Apache Crail 1.0-incubating released http://crail.apache.org/

Apache Geode™ –low latency, high concurrency Big Data management solutions.
 - CVE-2017-15695 Apache Geode remote code execution vulnerability http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201806.mbox/%3CCAEwge-GY_F0BJk33EFcY2czTwM%3DOkgrqN2%3DaWHV0bafLf6hgfw%40mail.gmail.com%3E

Apache Jackrabbit™ Oak–a scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
 - Apache Jackrabbit Oak 1.9.3 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/

Apache MINA™ –a network application framework that helps users easily develop high performance and high scalability network applications. 
 - Apache MINA 2.0.19 released http://mina.apache.org/

Apache Qpid™ Dispatch –is a router for the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol 1.0 (AMQP 1.0, ISO/IEC 19464, http://www.amqp.org).
- Apache Qpid Dispatch 1.1.0 released is a router for the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol 1.0


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Feathercast highlights Apache projects, people, and communities, often records during events such as ApacheCon and Apache Roadshows? Hear the voice of the ASF! https://feathercast.apache.org/

 - Did you know that you can learn about Apache projects history and evolution at https://projects.apache.org/ ?

 - Did you know that those with use cases for running Apache Groovy on JDK7 can help shape the project's future roadmap? https://lists.apache.org/thread.html/dfd5198431f62c90b6c5e0a5554017310395f99557b22054f4aa1b5e@%3Cusers.groovy.apache.org%3E


Apache Community Notices:

 - The Apache Software Foundation Celebrates 19 Years of Open Source Leadership "The Apache Way" https://s.apache.org/gK4Q

 - Read "Open – For Business – At the ASF" by Merv Adrian, VP Research at Gartner https://blogs.gartner.com/merv-adrian/2018/03/27/open-for-business-at-the-asf/

 - The Apache Software Foundation 2018 Vision Statement https://s.apache.org/zqC3

 - Apache in 2017 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/h8do

 - Foundation Statement –Apache Is Open. https://s.apache.org/PIRA

 - "Success at Apache" focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/category/SuccessAtApache

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation

 - Do friend and follow us on the Apache Community Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ApacheSoftwareFoundation/and Twitter account https://twitter.com/ApacheCommunity

 - The list of Apache project-related MeetUps can be found at http://apache.org/events/meetups.html

 - Apache Big Data project communities will be participating at DataWorks Summit 17-21 June 2018 in San Jose https://dataworkssummit.com/

 - ApacheCon North America will be held 24-27 September in Montreal http://apachecon.com/

 - Save the Date: Apache Roadshow DC and Open Source/Government/Cyber/Job Fair - 8 October 2018 in Fairfax, VA http://apachecon.com/

 - ASF Quarterly Report: Operations Summary: November 2017 - January 2018 https://s.apache.org/UtBD

 - ASF FY 2017 Annual Report is available at https://s.apache.org/FY2017AnnualReport

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities --opportunities open with Apache HTTP Server, Avro, ComDev (community development), Directory, Incubator, OODT, POI, Polygene, Syncope, Tika, Trafodion, and more! https://helpwanted.apache.org/

 - Are your software solutions Powered by Apache? Download & use our "Powered By" logos http://www.apache.org/foundation/press/kit/#poweredby

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For real-time updates, sign up for Apache-related news by sending mail to announce-subscribe@apache.org and follow @TheASF on Twitter. For a broader spectrum from the Apache community, https://twitter.com/PlanetApache provides an aggregate of Project activities as well as the personal blogs and tweets of select ASF Committers.

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Friday June 08, 2018

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 8 June 2018

The week has skipped by, and the Apache community has been active with the following projects:

Success at Apache –a monthly blog series that focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works".
 - The Chance to Influence the World by Weiwei Yang https://s.apache.org/MfuS

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 20 June. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series.
 - 11-14 June: Apache Roadshow Europe/Berlin --co-located within FOSS Backstage https://foss-backstage.de/
 - 24-27 September: ApacheCon North America/Montreal http://apachecon.com/acna18/
 - 8 October: Apache Roadshow and Open Source Job Fair/Fairfax, VA --Save The Date!
 - We are seeking Media and Community Partners for ApacheCon: contact press@apache.org for details. 

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield smashing performance at 99.74% uptime. http://status.apache.org/

ASF Operations Factoid –this week, 473 Apache contributors changed 712,261 lines of code over 2,857 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Jean-Baptiste Onofré, Robert Butts, Nick Couchman, Daniel Sun, and Colm O hEigeartaigh.

Apache Atlas™ –a scalable and extensible set of core foundational governance services.
 - Apache Atlas 1.0.0 released http://atlas.apache.org/

Apache Commons™ Compress –defines an API for working with compression and archive formats.
 - Apache Commons Compress 1.17 released http://commons.apache.org/

Apache Ignite™ –an In-Memory Data Fabric providing in-memory data caching, partitioning, processing, and querying components.
 - [CVE-2014-0114]: Apache Ignite is vulnerable to existing CVE-2014-0114 http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201806.mbox/%3CCAK0qHnrDU3PVMWdeBEZjatHGjiB8SBbmk1UMuPEphvMuCHkbhA%40mail.gmail.com%3E

Apache Jackrabbit™ –a fully compliant implementation of the Content Repository for Java(TM) Technology API, version 2.0 (JCR 2.0) as specified in the Java Specification Request 283 (JSR 283).
 - Apache Jackrabbit 2.10.8 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/

Apache JSPWiki™ –a feature-rich and extensible WikiWiki engine built around the standard JEE components (Java, servlets, JSP).
 - Apache JSPWiki 2.10.4 released http://jspwiki.apache.org/

Apache MINA™ –a network application framework that helps users easily develop high performance and high scalability network applications. 
 - Apache MINA 2.0.18 released http://mina.apache.org/

Apache NiFi™ MiNiFi –a subproject of Apache NiFi that is a complementary data collection approach that supplements the core tenets of NiFi in dataflow management, focusing on the collection of data at the source of its creation.
 - Apache NiFi MiNiFi C++ 0.5.0 released https://nifi.apache.org/

Apache Qpid™ Broker –implements the latest AMQP specification, the first open standard for enterprise messaging, and provides transaction management, queuing, distribution, security, management, clustering, federation and heterogeneous multi-platform support and more.
 - Apache Qpid Broker-J 7.0.4 released https://qpid.apache.org/

Apache Storm™ –a distributed, fault-tolerant, and high-performance realtime computation system that provides strong guarantees on the processing of data.
 - Apache Storm 1.1.3 and 1.2.2 released http://storm.apache.org/

Apache Traffic Control™ –Open Source Content Delivery Network used by Cisco, Comcast, Cox, Qwilt, and others serves 30+ petabytes of content each day.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Traffic Control™ as a Top-Level Project 


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Apache Mynewt is the ASF's first operating system for building, deploying, and securely managing billions of devices? Yes: Apache has IoT projects! http://mynewt.apache.org/

 - Did you know that you can see the roster of committers on Apache projects at http://home.apache.org/ ?

 - Did you know that next week is All Apache Week in Berlin? Starting with Berlin Buzzwords, followed by Apache Roadshow Europe, co-located with FOSS Backstage? https://berlinbuzzwords.de/ https://foss-backstage.de/ http://apachecon.com/


Apache Community Notices:

 - The Apache Software Foundation Celebrates 19 Years of Open Source Leadership "The Apache Way" https://s.apache.org/gK4Q

 - Read "Open – For Business – At the ASF" by Merv Adrian, VP Research at Gartner https://blogs.gartner.com/merv-adrian/2018/03/27/open-for-business-at-the-asf/

 - The Apache Software Foundation 2018 Vision Statement https://s.apache.org/zqC3

 - Apache in 2017 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/h8do

 - Foundation Statement –Apache Is Open. https://s.apache.org/PIRA

 - "Success at Apache" focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/category/SuccessAtApache

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation

 - Do friend and follow us on the Apache Community Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ApacheSoftwareFoundation/and Twitter account https://twitter.com/ApacheCommunity

 - The list of Apache project-related MeetUps can be found at http://apache.org/events/meetups.html

 - We're teaming up the Apache Roadshow Europe with Berlin Buzzwords - 10-12 June 2018 (Apache Lounge dates: 11-12 June) https://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - The 2018 Apache EU Roadshow will be held during FOSS Backstage in Berlin 13-14 June 2018 https://foss-backstage.de/

 - Apache Big Data project communities will be participating at DataWorks Summit 17-21 June 2018 in San Jose https://dataworkssummit.com/

 - ApacheCon North America will be held 24-27 September in Montreal http://apachecon.com/

 - Save the Date: Apache Roadshow DC and Open Source/Government/Cyber/Job Fair - 8 October 2018 in Fairfax, VA http://apachecon.com/

 - ASF Quarterly Report: Operations Summary: November 2017 - January 2018 https://s.apache.org/UtBD

 - ASF FY 2017 Annual Report is available at https://s.apache.org/FY2017AnnualReport

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities --opportunities open with Apache HTTP Server, Avro, ComDev (community development), Directory, Incubator, OODT, POI, Polygene, Syncope, Tika, Trafodion, and more! https://helpwanted.apache.org/

 - Are your software solutions Powered by Apache? Download & use our "Powered By" logos http://www.apache.org/foundation/press/kit/#poweredby

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For real-time updates, sign up for Apache-related news by sending mail to announce-subscribe@apache.org and follow @TheASF on Twitter. For a broader spectrum from the Apache community, https://twitter.com/PlanetApache provides an aggregate of Project activities as well as the personal blogs and tweets of select ASF Committers.

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Monday June 04, 2018

Success at Apache: the Chance to Influence the World

by Weiwei Yang

I submitted my first patch to Apache Hadoop in 2015, a very simple bug fix with just a few lines of changes. However the feeling is still vivid to me when the patch was accepted, I felt great accomplishment. It was not about how big the change was, but rather because I knew even a small change would help a lot of people. This is the best thing I like about working in Open Source, the work I've done has the chance to influence the world. 

As of today, I have contributed nearly 200 patches to Apache Hadoop, over 20k lines of code. I still feel happy when the community accepts my patches. I believe that having such passion is an essential for an individual contributor to make the way to Apache. Unless your company paid you to work on Open Source, you must find yourself such accomplishment during the work, otherwise the commitment won't last. Like me, I spent over 3 years until I received commit privileges for Hadoop. In retrospect, it was a tough, challenging but fast growth journey. I am glad I did not give up and finally get where I am now.

If you are hired by a commercial company that sells products or services powered by Open Source software, then congratulations, you are on a shortcut to Apache. Such companies usually have a strong team working directly on Open Source projects and a lot of committers. Being a member of such organization, you will have more time working on the project, get faster feedback of your patches, opportunities to participate more discussions and much deeper involvement. Unfortunately, I was not working for such companies. Moreover, my native language is not English and I have a big timezone gap with the majority people from the community. That makes my path to Apache much more difficult. I believe there are many people, just like me at 3 years ago, who are willing to contribute but finding it hard to. In this post, I will share some tips how to work with the Apache community and how to grow up to a committer.

First, it's important that you know things that are public to everyone. Every Open Source project has its own tutorials introducing how to contribute, be sure you have read that before working on any patches. Those documents generally tell you how to contribute code in the "Apache" way, and how to collaborate with the community.

Second, don't mind fixing bugs. Actually I suggest to begin with fixing bugs. You may find bugs in your daily work, or somebody reported to the community. No matter if they are big or not, bugs must be fixed so that it's easier to get attention from the community. In an Open Source community, everyone volunteers to review some other ones' patches. So don't be upset if nobody gets to your patch quickly, try to soft ping committers around this area. But never push them for anything. And always be polite.

More involvement. There are many ways to get more involvement. First, if a community sets up a MeetUp once in a while, try to attend even you are remote or in an inconvenient local time. Such MeetUps can help you gather information of the development status, current community focus etc. It also helps others to get familiar with your face; second, try to participate in more discussions. This could be discussions on mailing lists, issue tracking systems or a Web conference that discusses a particular issue/design. In my opinion, this is the hardest part especially for contributors from overseas.

Be self-motivated and passionate. Nobody forces you to work on Open Source projects, you need to keep motivating yourself. Like I first mentioned in this post, there are more ways to be self-motivated than just feeling accomplished. Working in the community gives you the chance to work in a diverse environment, meet people from different companies and different countries; you can get as many chances as you want to solve difficult real problems, and improve your skills; you can build your reputation in the community which also helps your career development.

I truly hope my experiences would help people. Now I am working at Alibaba Group, and it gives me more reason to write this post. I see a lot of talented people around, they have solid skills, they have done and are doing a lot work to make Hadoop better. They are open to contributing back but are having various of difficulties to work with the community. I am committed to helping grow this community, and I do believe an open and diverse community will help the project thrive.  


Weiwei Yang is a Staff Engineer working at Alibaba Group. He has been working on Big Data area for over 8 years, most of time working on Apache Hadoop. He contributed to several Apache projects such as YARN, HDFS, MapReduce, Ambari and Slider, and an active Hadoop committer. At present, he is working in Alibaba’s data infrastructure team and is focusing on evolving Apache YARN to support mixed workloads, improve performance and cluster utilization. Prior to that, he worked in IBM for several years and won multiple Open Source contribution awards.

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"Success at Apache" is a monthly blog series that focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works" https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/category/SuccessAtApache

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The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Traffic Control™ as a Top-Level Project

Open Source Content Delivery Network used by Cisco, Comcast, Cox, Qwilt, and others serves 30+ petabytes of content each day.

Wakefield, MA —4 June 2018— The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 350 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today Apache® Traffic Control™ as a Top-Level Project (TLP).

Apache Traffic Control can be used to build, monitor, configure, and provision a large-scale content delivery network (CDN). Traffic Control originated at Comcast and was released as an Open Source project in April 2015; the project was donated to the Apache Incubator in July 2016.

"We are extremely excited to be an Apache Top-Level Project," said Dave Neuman, Vice President of Apache Traffic Control. "This is an amazing milestone for Traffic Control, and a testament to scale, strength and dedication of everyone in our community." 

Traffic Control is a CDN control plane originally built around Apache Traffic Server as the caching software. Traffic Control implements all the core functions of a modern CDN using the following components:
  • Traffic Router — Routes clients to the best available cache on the CDN using HTTP(s) redirects or DNS;
  • Traffic Monitor — Monitors caches for both system and application metrics and uses those to make health decisions on the CDN;
  • Traffic Ops — Configuration, tenant, and inventory management for all CDN components;
  • Traffic Stats — Calculates and stores statistics about CDNs managed by Traffic Control; and 
  • Traffic Portal — User interface for managing and operating Traffic Control CDNs

Every day, Traffic Control CDNs serve over 50 billion transactions amounting to over 30 petabytes of content worldwide. Apache Traffic Control is in use at Comcast, Cisco, Cox, and Qwilt, among others.

"Traffic Control unlocks significant innovation in the CDN space," said Mark Torluemke, Director of CDN Engineering at Comcast. "The ASF is the perfect place for that innovation to thrive."

"Having Traffic Control become an Apache Top-Level Project is a testament to the technology's functional breadth, performance, and scalability in building Content Delivery Networks," said Eric Friedrich, OMD Technical Leader at Cisco. "As an active contributor to Traffic Control, Cisco is very excited to continue incorporating Traffic Control into its Open Media Distribution offering for Service Provider video distribution solutions."

"Qwilt is thrilled to see Traffic Control receive this hard-earned and well-deserved status as an Apache Top-Level Project. TLP status recognizes the extraordinary work and progress of the Traffic Control community of contributors," said Alon Maor, CEO at Qwilt. "We are proud to be part of this community and particularly pleased to see Traffic Control's stature continue to rise within the Apache Software Foundation. As we go to market with Traffic Control, we consistently get feedback from prospects and customers about the value of an Open Source approach to the modern CDN. The Apache Traffic Control Project embodies the Web-scale innovation that service providers are so eager to embrace."

"Cox has been involved with this project since 2014 and has over 4 years of experience with running it in a large national network. Apache Traffic Control is the first CDN platform in the Open Source domain and really brings something that was missing in the market," said Steve Malenfant, Principal Engineer at Cox. "We love the flexibility of the system and the ease to scale up as well as being able to collaborate with peers that have similar challenges."

"As great as this accomplishment is, it's only the beginning," added Neuman. "We are looking forward to growing our community, attracting new contributors, and continuing to be a leader in the CDN space."

The Traffic Control community holds summits twice a year and is very active on Slack as well as its official project user and developer mailing lists. Catch Apache Traffic Control in action at ApacheCon North America 24-27 September 2018.

Availability and Oversight
Apache Traffic Control software is released under the Apache License v2.0 and is overseen by a self-selected team of active contributors to the project. A Project Management Committee (PMC) guides the Project's day-to-day operations, including community development and product releases. For downloads, documentation, and ways to become involved with Apache Traffic Control, visit http://trafficcontrol.apache.org/

About The Apache Software Foundation (ASF)
Established in 1999, the all-volunteer Foundation oversees more than 350 leading Open Source projects, including Apache HTTP Server --the world's most popular Web server software. Through the ASF's meritocratic process known as "The Apache Way," more than 730 individual Members and 6,800 Committers across six continents successfully collaborate to develop freely available enterprise-grade software, benefiting millions of users worldwide: thousands of software solutions are distributed under the Apache License; and the community actively participates in ASF mailing lists, mentoring initiatives, and ApacheCon, the Foundation's official user conference, trainings, and expo. The ASF is a US 501(c)(3) charitable organization, funded by individual donations and corporate sponsors including Aetna, Anonymous, ARM, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, Indeed, Inspur, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, Oath, ODPi, Pineapple Fund, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, and Union Investment. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF


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Friday June 01, 2018

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 1 June 2018

Welcome, June! The Apache community is wrapping up the week with the following activities:

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 20 June. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ASF Sponsorship –individual donors and corporate sponsors who support the ASF. 
 - The Apache® Software Foundation Announces Added Support by Oath to Help Apache Infrastructure https://s.apache.org/eTNY

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series.
 - 11-14 June: Apache Roadshow Europe/Berlin --event within FOSS Backstage https://foss-backstage.de/
 - 24-27 September: ApacheCon North America/Montreal http://apachecon.com/acna18/
 - 8 October: Apache Roadshow and Open Source Job Fair/Fairfax, VA --Save The Date! 

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield thriving performance at 98.87% uptime. http://status.apache.org/

ASF Operations Factoid –this week, 517 Apache contributors changed 1,105,368 lines of code over 3,240 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Zhang Duo, Gary Gregory, Stephen Mallette, Jesus Camacho Rodriguez, and Willem Jiang.

Apache Flink™ –an Open Source stream processing framework for distributed, high-performing, always-available, and accurate data streaming applications.
 - Apache Flink 1.5.0 released https://flink.apache.org/

Apache Groovy™ –a multi-facet programming language for the JVM.
 - Apache Groovy 2.5.0 released http://groovy-lang.org/

Apache Ignite™ –a memory-centric distributed database, caching, and processing platform for transactional, analytical, and streaming workloads delivering in-memory speeds at petabyte scale.
 - Apache Ignite 2.5.0 released https://ignite.apache.org/

Apache Jackrabbit™ Oak – a scalable, high-performance hierarchical content repository designed for use as the foundation of modern world-class Web sites and other demanding content applications.
- Apache Jackrabbit Oak  1.6.12 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/

Apache NetBeans (incubating) –a full IDE for Java SE development.
 - Apache NetBeans incubating 9.0 RC1 released https://netbeans.apache.org/

Apache OpenMeetings™ –provides video conferencing, instant messaging, white board, collaborative document editing and other groupware tools using API functions of the Red5 Streaming Server for Remoting and Streaming.
 - Apache OpenMeetings 4.0.4 released http://openmeetings.apache.org/

Apache Pulsar (incubating) –a highly scalable, low latency messaging platform running on commodity hardware.
 - Apache Pulsar 2.0.0-rc1-incubating released https://pulsar.incubator.apache.org/

Apache Qpid™ Proton –a messaging library for the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol 1.0 (AMQP 1.0, ISO/IEC 19464, http://www.amqp.org).
 - Apache Qpid Proton 0.23.0 released http://qpid.apache.org


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that project-specific tracks and dedicated events co-located at ApacheCon North America include CloudStack Collaboration, Geospatial track, and TomcatCon? http://apachecon.com/acna18/

 - Did you know that Apache Ignite v2.5 scales to thousands-nodes clusters to meet the demands of massive mission-critical deployments? https://ignite.apache.org/

- Did you know that Amazon Web Services' Neptune uses Apache Tinkerpop graph computing framework? http://superset.incubator.apache.org/


Apache Community Notices:

 - The Apache Software Foundation Celebrates 19 Years of Open Source Leadership "The Apache Way" https://s.apache.org/gK4Q

 - Read "Open – For Business – At the ASF" by Merv Adrian, VP Research at Gartner https://blogs.gartner.com/merv-adrian/2018/03/27/open-for-business-at-the-asf/

 - The Apache Software Foundation 2018 Vision Statement https://s.apache.org/zqC3

 - Apache in 2017 - By The Digits https://s.apache.org/h8do

 - Foundation Statement –Apache Is Open. https://s.apache.org/PIRA

 - "Success at Apache" focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works". https://blogs.apache.org/foundation/category/SuccessAtApache

 - Please follow/like/re-tweet the ASF on social media: @TheASF on Twitter and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-apache-software-foundation

 - Do friend and follow us on the Apache Community Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ApacheSoftwareFoundation/and Twitter account https://twitter.com/ApacheCommunity

 - The list of Apache project-related MeetUps can be found at http://apache.org/events/meetups.html

 - Open Expo Europe - 6-7 June 2018 in Madrid https://openexpoeurope.com/

 - We're teaming up the Apache Roadshow Europe with Berlin Buzzwords - 10-12 June 2018 (Apache Lounge dates: 11-12 June) https://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - The 2018 Apache EU Roadshow will be held during FOSS Backstage in Berlin 13-14 June 2018 https://foss-backstage.de/

 - Apache Big Data project communities will be participating at DataWorks Summit 17-21 June 2018 in San Jose https://dataworkssummit.com/

 - ApacheCon North America will be held 24-27 September in Montreal http://apachecon.com/

 - Save the Date: Apache Roadshow DC and Open Source/Government/Cyber/Job Fair - 8 October 2018 in Fairfax, VA http://apachecon.com/

 - ASF Quarterly Report: Operations Summary: November 2017 - January 2018 https://s.apache.org/UtBD

 - ASF Annual Report is available at https://s.apache.org/FY2017AnnualReport

 - Find out how you can participate with Apache community/projects/activities --opportunities open with Apache HTTP Server, Avro, ComDev (community development), Directory, Incubator, OODT, POI, Polygene, Syncope, Tika, Trafodion, and more! https://helpwanted.apache.org/

 - Are your software solutions Powered by Apache? Download & use our "Powered By" logos http://www.apache.org/foundation/press/kit/#poweredby

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