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Friday December 28, 2018

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 28 December 2018

It's the last Round-up of the year --the past 12 months have been tremendous. Thank you to all who have contributed to our collective success. Here's to a great 2019!

Let's review what took place over the past week:

Support Apache –help offset our day-to-day operating expenses.
 - We appreciate everyone who supported The ASF with a tax-deductible donation. Please make a year-end gift today: show your ongoing support and help keep Apache software for everyone. Every dollar counts! http://donate.apache.org

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 16 January. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series, now in its 20th year.
 - CFP Now Open: Apache Roadshow Chicago 13-14 May 2019 http://apachecon.com/chiroadshow19/index.html
 - Save the Date: ApacheCon North America 9-13 September in Las Vegas http://apachecon.com/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield polished performance at 98.64% uptime. http://status.apache.org/

Apache Code Snapshot –this week, 247 Apache contributors changed 519,494 lines of code over 1,358 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Jean-Baptiste Onofré, Konstantin V Shvachko, Michael Osipov, Philippe Mouawad, and Thomas Andraschko.

Apache Flink™ –an Open Source stream processing framework for distributed, high-performing, always-available, and accurate Big Data streaming applications.
 - Apache Flink 1.5.6, 1.6.3, and 1.7.1 released https://flink.apache.org/

Apache Groovy™ –a multi-faceted programming language for the JVM.
 - Apache Groovy 2.5.5 released https://groovy.apache.org/

Apache Qpid™ –the latest release of the newer JMS client supporting the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol 1.0 (AMQP 1.0, ISO/IEC 19464), based around the Apache Qpid Proton protocol engine and implementing the AMQP JMS Mapping as it evolves at OASIS.
 - Apache Qpid JMS 0.40.0 released http://qpid.apache.org

Apache Tika™ –a toolkit for detecting and extracting metadata and structured text content from various documents using existing parser libraries.
 - Apache Tika 1.20 released https://tika.apache.org/
 - [CVE-2018-17197] Apache Tika Denial of Service -- Infinite Loop in Tika's SQLite3Parser http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201812.mbox/%3CCAC1dCwWhYmbkxAvFKgGSFd_ffp5EeCimB2gBXTo%2B9-F7v6TSNQ%40mail.gmail.com%3E


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Apache NetBeans (incubating) 10.0 is out? https://netbeans.apache.org/download/nb100/nb100.html

 - Did you know that LeaseWeb uses Apache CloudStack as part of its private Cloud offering? http://cloudstack.apache.org/

 - Did you know that once again, Apache Community Development (ComDev) will be helming the ASF booth, and dozens of Apache projects will be having a presence at FOSDEM 2-3 February/Brussels? https://fosdem.org/2019/

Apache Community Notices:

 - ASF Operations Summary: Q2 FY2019 https://s.apache.org/d2Fq

 - ASF Annual Report for FY2018 https://s.apache.org/FY2018AnnualReport

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

 - 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://events.apache.org/event/meetups.html

 - The Apache Big Data community will be at DataWorks Summit 18-21 March 2019 in Barcelona and 20-23 May 2019 in Washington DC https://dataworkssummit.com/

 - Future dates for Spark + AI Summit 2019 announced: 23-25 April/San Francisco and 15-17 October/Amsterdam https://databricks.com/sparkaisummit/

 - CFP Now Open: Apache Roadshow Chicago 13-14 May 2019 http://apachecon.com/chiroadshow19/index.html

 - CFP now open for Berlin Buzzwords: 16-18 June 2019 https://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - Save the date: ApacheCon North America 9-13 September 2019 http://apachecon.com/

 - 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 December 21, 2018

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 21 December 2018

As we wrap up the week, we wish everyone a festive holiday season for those who celebrate. Like Santa's elves, the Apache community is always working! Here's what happened over the past week:

Support Apache –help keep Apache software for everyone.
 - Just a few remain to make a tax-deductible donation to the ASF in 2018. Every dollar counts! http://donate.apache.org

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 16 January. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series, now in its 20th year.
 - CFP Now Open: Apache Roadshow Chicago 13-14 May 2019 http://apachecon.com/chiroadshow19/index.html
 - Save the Date: ApacheCon North America 9-13 September in Las Vegas http://apachecon.com/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield nice-not-naughty performance at 98.90% uptime. http://status.apache.org/

Apache Code Snapshot –this week, 473 Apache contributors changed 1,132,275 lines of code over 2,913 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Jonathan Hung, Andrea Cosentino, Mehul Parikh, Robert Munteanu, and Stephen Mallette.

Apache HttpComponents™ –a library for client-side HTTP communication built on HttpCore.
 - Apache HttpComponents Client 5.0 beta3 released http://hc.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 1.8.10 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/

Apache Knox™ –a REST API Gateway for providing secure access to the data and processing resources of Apache Hadoop clusters.
 - Apache Knox 1.2.0 released https://knox.apache.org/

Apache Lucene™ –a high-performance, full-featured text search engine library written entirely in Java.
 - Apache Lucene 7.6.0 released http://lucene.apache.org/
 - Solr Reference Guide for 7.6 released https://www.apache.org/dyn/closer.cgi/lucene/solr/ref-guide/apache-solr-ref-guide-7.6.pdf

Apache ServiceComb™ –a type of Compensating Transaction pattern, which provides a simple way to help users solve the data consistency problems encountered in micro-service applications.
 - Apache ServiceComb Saga Actuator v0.3.0 released http://servicecomb.apache.org/

Apache Tomcat™ –an Open Source software implementation of the Java Servlet, JavaServer Pages, Java Unified Expression Language, Java WebSocket and JASPIC technologies. 
 - Apache Tomcat 8.5.37 and 9.0.14 released http://tomcat.apache.org/


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Apache projects, their communities, and Apache events including ApacheCon operate under the terms of The Apache Software Foundation Code of Conduct? https://www.apache.org/foundation/policies/conduct.html

 - Did you know that Apache Airflow is used to track disease outbreaks in India? http://airflow.apache.org/

 - Did you know that BRPC, Iceberg, IoTDB, and ShardingSphere are new podlings undergoing development in the Apache Incubator? http://incubator.apache.org/

Apache Community Notices:

 - ASF Operations Summary: Q2 FY2019 https://s.apache.org/d2Fq

 - ASF Annual Report for FY2018 https://s.apache.org/FY2018AnnualReport

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

 - 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://events.apache.org/event/meetups.html

 - The Apache Big Data community will be at DataWorks Summit 18-21 March 2019 in Barcelona and 20-23 May 2019 in Washington DC https://dataworkssummit.com/

 - Future dates for Spark + AI Summit 2019 announced: 23-25 April/San Francisco and 15-17 October/Amsterdam https://databricks.com/sparkaisummit/

 - CFP Now Open: Apache Roadshow Chicago 13-14 May 2019 http://apachecon.com/chiroadshow19/index.html

 - CFP now open for Berlin Buzzwords: 16-18 June 2019 https://berlinbuzzwords.de/

 - Save the date: ApacheCon North America 9-13 September 2019 http://apachecon.com/

 - 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 December 14, 2018

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 14 December 2018

Happy Friday! Let's review what the Apache community has been up to over the past week:

Support Apache –help keep Apache software for everyone.
 - Two weeks remain to make a tax-deductible donation to the ASF in 2018! 750+ generous contributors donated $80K+ as part of our Individual Giving campaigns. Every dollar counts! http://donate.apache.org

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 19 December. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series, now in its 20th year.
 - CFP Now Open: Apache Roadshow Chicago 13-14 May 2019 http://apachecon.com/chiroadshow19/index.html
 - Save the Date: ApacheCon North America 2019 will take place 9-13 September in Las Vegas http://apachecon.com/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield grand performance at 99.64% uptime. http://status.apache.org/

Apache Code Snapshot –this week, 469 Apache contributors changed 968,811 lines of code over 2,704 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Mark Robert Miller, Mark Thomas, Andrew Purtell, Andrea Cosentino, and Matteo Merli.

Apache Beam™ –an Open Source unified programming model to define and execute Big Data processing pipelines.
 - Apache Beam 2.9.0 released https://beam.apache.org/

Apache Calcite™ Avatica –a framework for building database drivers.
 - Apache Calcite Avatica 1.13.0 released https://calcite.apache.org/

Apache Geode™ –a Big Data management platform that provides a database-like consistency model, reliable transaction processing and a shared-nothing architecture to maintain very low latency performance with high concurrency processing.
 - Apache Geode 1.8.0 released http://geode.apache.org/

Apache Griffin™ –Open Source Big Data quality solution.
 - The Apache Software Foundation Announces Apache® Griffin™ as a Top-Level Project https://s.apache.org/n21m

Apache Gobblin (incubating) –a distributed data integration framework that simplifies common aspects of Big Data integration.
 - Apache Gobblin (incubating) 0.14.0 released https://gobblin.apache.org/

Apache Groovy™ –a multi-faceted programming language for the JVM.
 - Apache Groovy 2.4.16 released http://groovy.apache.org

Apache Hivemall (incubating) –a scalable machine learning library implemented as Hive UDFs/UDAFs/UDTFs. 
 - Apache Hivemall 0.5.2-incubating released http://hivemall.incubator.apache.org/

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 2.19.0 released http://jackrabbit.apache.org/

Apache Log4j™ Audit –a framework for performing audit logging using a predefined catalog of audit events.
 - Apache Log4j-Audit 1.0.1 released http://logging.apache.org/

Did You Know?

 - Did you know that the following Apache projects are celebrating anniversaries this month? Apache Portable Runtime/APR (18 years); Logging Services (15 years); Cayenne, OFBiz, and Tiles (12 years); Synapse (11 years); Camel (10 years); Axis, OpenWebBeans, and Pivot (9 years); Aries (8 years); Flex (6 years); Helix (5 years); Falcon and Flink (4 years); Beam and Eagle (2 years); and Trafodion (1 year)? https://projects.apache.org/committees.html?date

 - Did you know that Jet.com uses Apache TinkerPop Gremlin to enable help center agents to view and edit help center content across all their communication channels? http://tinkerpop.apache.org/

 - Did you know that Dremio recently donated the Gandiva Initiative code base to Apache Arrow? Improved efficiency and performance for analytics, machine learning, and data science on Arrow data structures! http://arrow.apache.org/

Apache Community Notices:

 - ASF Operations Summary: Q2 FY2019 https://s.apache.org/d2Fq

 - ASF Annual Report for FY2018 https://s.apache.org/FY2018AnnualReport

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

 - 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://events.apache.org/event/meetups.html

 - Flink Forward China will take place 21-22 December 2018 in Beijing https://china-2018.flink-forward.org/call-for-presentations-submit-talk/

 - The Apache Big Data community will be at DataWorks Summit 18-21 March 2019 in Barcelona and 20-23 May 2019 in Washington DC https://dataworkssummit.com/

 - Future dates for Spark + AI Summit 2019 announced: 23-25 April/San Francisco and 15-17 October/Amsterdam https://databricks.com/sparkaisummit/

 - Block your calendars for ApacheCon North America: taking place in September 2019; announcing dates and details soon. http://apachecon.com/

 - 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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Wednesday December 12, 2018

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

Open Source Big Data quality solution in use at eBay, Expedia, Huawei, JD.com, Meituan, PayPal, Pingan Bank, PPDAI, VIP.com, VMWare, and more.

Wakefield, MA —12 December 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® Griffin™ as a Top-Level Project (TLP).

Apache Griffin is a robust Open Source Big Data quality solution for distributed data systems at any scale. It provides a unified process to measure data quality from different perspectives, as well as building and validating trusted data assets in both streaming or batch contexts. Griffin originated at eBay and entered the Apache Incubator in December 2016.

"We are very proud of Griffin reaching this important milestone," said William Guo, Vice President of Apache Griffin. "By actively improving Big Data quality, Griffin helps build trusted data assets, therefore boosting your confidence in your business." 

Apache Griffin enables data scientists/analysts to handle data quality issues by:
  • Defining –specifying data quality requirements such as accuracy, completeness, timeliness, profiling, etc.;

  • Measuring –source data ingested into the Griffin computing cluster will apply data quality measurement based on user-defined requirements; and

  • Applying Metrics –data quality reports as metrics will be exported to designated destination.

In addition, Griffin allows users to easily onboard new requirements into the platform and write comprehensive logic to further define their data quality. 

Apache Griffin is in use in high volume, high demand environments at 163.com/Netease, eBay, Expedia, Huawei, JD.com, Meituan, PayPal, Pingan Bank, PPDAI, VIP.com, and VMWare, among others.

"eBay contributed Griffin to the Apache Incubator in December 2016 to ensure its future development in a community-driven manner. It started with the idea on how eBay could address the data quality issue across multiple systems, especially in streaming context," said Vivian Tian, VP of eBay, GM - China Center of Excellence. "Griffin brings data quality solution to data ecosystem and ensure data applications have a solid quality foundation. We are extremely happy to see Griffin graduate as an Apache Top Level Project, and look forward to continued innovation and collaboration with the Apache community."

"We have been using Apache Griffin for about two years, monitoring 1000+ tables with data quality metrics, and are very happy to see it graduate to a Top-Level Project," said Chao Zhu, Senior Director at VIPshop Finance. "Apache Griffin and its data quality DSL can help us easily identify data quality issues instantly on our big data platform. In addition, Apache Griffin's architecture is highly extensible. We are looking forward to using it in real time data quality management system. We also look forward to contribute some of our minor enhancement to Griffin back to the community."

"We appreciate the Griffin project which really helps so much in our daily data jobs.After years of struggling with the complexity of data quality issues, we turned to Apache Griffin for a new platform that would simplify our data quality pipeline," said Jianfeng Liu, Director of Real-time Data Department at PPDAI. "Because of Apache Griffin's unified model for both batch and stream processing, we've been able to replace legacy systems with one solution that works seamlessly in our production environment. Griffin DSLs have allowed us to dramatically simplify our pipeline and to reduce our efforts a lot. I'm very proud and excited to see that the project is graduating."

"Apache Griffin is one of the best data quality solutions which my team has been used so far. It has been an exciting journey seeing the Griffin community evolve rapidly. And many people iteratively adopting it and contributing to newer capabilities," said Austin Sun, Senior Engineering Manager, Enterprise Service Platform at PayPal. "In PayPal risk domain, we benefit a lot from Apache Griffin to provide high quality data to make precise decision and protect our customer. In addition to PayPal risk, I knew there are several other corporates also leverages core capability from Griffin as their data quality solution. It’s my great honor to witness Griffin grows to a top level project. Way to go, Griffin."

"Apache Griffin project is yet another showcase how community over code can work for projects coming out from internal usages of companies into the open source," said Henry Saputra, ASF member and Incubator Mentor for Apache Griffin. "I am proud to be the part of the projects and mentors for the project when it was being contributed from eBay, in addition to several other projects already donated to ASF such as Apache Kylin and Eagle. The team has worked tremendously hard to adapt the Apache Way, and also shown great respect for the open source community in all the processes for design, development, and release processes.As a Top-Level Project I believe the PMC will help lead the project to much more success in the future."

"Graduation is not the end, it is the beginning of another journey. We hope to take Apache Griffin to the next level with a wider set of features and users," added Guo. "We welcome anyone to join our efforts by helping with product design, documentation, code, technical discussions or promoting Apache Griffin in The Apache Way."

Availability and Oversight
Apache Griffin 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 Griffin, visit http://griffin.apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/apachegriffin

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, Alibaba Cloud Computing, Anonymous, ARM, Baidu, Bloomberg, Budget Direct, Capital One, Cerner, Cloudera, Comcast, Facebook, Google, Handshake, Hortonworks, Huawei, IBM, Indeed, Inspur, LeaseWeb, Microsoft, Oath, ODPi, Pineapple Fund, Pivotal, Private Internet Access, Red Hat, Target, Tencent, and Union Investment. For more information, visit http://apache.org/ and https://twitter.com/TheASF

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Friday December 07, 2018

The Apache News Round-up: week ending 7 December 2018

Greetings, December: counting down to the end of the calendar year. All the while, the brilliant Apache community remains productive:

Support Apache –help keep Apache software for everyone.
 - Join 730+ generous contributors who have donated nearly $80,000 to the ASF as part of our Individual Giving campaigns. Giving to the ASF feels great and is so easy --every dollar counts! http://donate.apache.org

Success at Apache –a monthly blog series that focuses on the processes behind why the ASF "just works".
 - Success at Apache: Cookie Monster by Isabel Drost-Fromm https://s.apache.org/cnSe

ASF Board –management and oversight of the business affairs of the corporation in accordance with the Foundation's bylaws.
 - Next Board Meeting: 19 December. Board calendar and minutes http://apache.org/foundation/board/calendar.html

ApacheCon™ –the ASF's official global conference series, now in its 20th year.
 - SAVE THE DATE: ApacheCon North America 2019 will take place 9-13 September in Las Vegas http://apachecon.com/

ASF Infrastructure –our distributed team on three continents keeps the ASF's infrastructure running around the clock.
 - 7M+ weekly checks yield impressive performance at 99.53% uptime. http://status.apache.org/

Apache Code Snapshot –this week, 470 Apache contributors changed 835,412 lines of code over 3,025 commits. Top 5 contributors, in order, are: Jean-Baptiste Onofré, Andrea Cosentino, Andrzej Kaczmarek, Jan Piotrowski, and Tilman Hausherr.

Apache Bahir™ –provides extensions to multiple distributed analytic platforms, such as Apache Spark, to extend their reach with diverse streaming connectors and SQL data sources.
 - Apache Bahir 2.3.2 released http://bahir.apache.org

Apache BookKeeper™ –a scalable, fault-tolerant, and low-latency storage service optimized for real-time workloads.
 - Apache BookKeeper 4.8.1 released https://bookkeeper.apache.org

Apache CouchDB™ –Open Source NoSQL document database using HTTP, JSON, and MapReduce.
 - Apache CouchDB 2.3.0 released https://couchdb.apache.org/

Apache Crail (incubating) –a high-performance distributed data store designed for fast sharing of ephemeral data in distributed data processing workloads.
 - Apache Crail 1.1-incubating released https://crail.incubator.apache.org/

Apache HBase™ –Open Source, distributed, versioned, non-relational database.
 - Apache HBase 2.0.3 released https://hbase.apache.org/

Apache Impala™ –a high-performance distributed SQL engine.
 -  Apache Impala 3.1.0 released https://impala.apache.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 2.7.0 Vulnerable Dependecies Updates http://mail-archives.apache.org/mod_mbox/www-announce/201812.mbox/%3CCALUCNEsCwE0fC2XCHi996%3DOdUCZZLK8WzF2KOdaLPYkZzWE_8A%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 2.18.0 and Jackrabbit Oak 1.9.12 released http://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 2.5.2 released https://kylin.apache.org/

Apache PDFBox™ –an Open Source Java tool for working with PDF documents.
 - Apache PDFBox 2.0.13 released http://pdfbox.apache.org/

Apache PLC4X (incubating) –a set of libraries for communicating with industrial programmable logic controllers (PLCs) using a variety of protocols but with a shared API.
 - Apache PLC4X 0.2.0 released http://plc4x.apache.org

Apache POI™ –Java library for reading and writing Microsoft Office file formats, such as Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Visio, Publisher and Outlook.
 - Apache POI 4.0.1 released https://poi.apache.org/

Apache Qpid™ –the latest release of the newer JMS client supporting the Advanced Message Queuing Protocol 1.0 (AMQP 1.0, ISO/IEC 19464), based around the Apache Qpid Proton protocol engine and implementing the AMQP JMS Mapping as it evolves at OASIS.
 - Apache Qpid JMS 0.39.0 released http://qpid.apache.org/

Apache ServiceComb™ –a microservice framework that provides a set of tools and components to make Cloud application development and deployment easier.
 - Apache ServiceComb Service-Center 1.1.0, ServiceComb Saga 0.2.1, and Java-Chassis 1.1.0 released http://servicecomb.apache.org/

Apache Tomcat™ Native Library –provides portable API for features not found in contemporary JDKs.
 - Apache Tomcat Native 1.2.19 released http://tomcat.apache.org/

Apache UIMA™ –supports the community working on the analysis of unstructured information with a unifying Java and C++ framework, tooling, and analysis components, guided by the OASIS UIMA (Unstructured Information Management Architecture) standard.
 - Apache UIMA Java SDKs and versions 2.10.3 and 3.0.1 released http://uima.apache.org

Apache Wicket™ –Open Source Java component oriented Web application framework that powers thousands of applications and sites for governments, stores, universities, cities, banks, email providers, and more.
 - Apache Wicket 7.11.0 released http://wicket.apache.org/


Did You Know?

 - Did you know that Apache Omid (incubating) was selected as the transaction management provider for Apache Phoenix? http://omid.incubator.apache.org/ and http://phoenix.apache.org

 - Did you know that you can see a top-level overview of each Apache project, the category they fall under, timelines, evolution, and overall commit history at https://projects.apache.org/ ?

 - Did you know that Apache Cayenne is an Open Source Java object-to-relational mapping framework? Check out v4.0 of the "ORM superpower" https://cayenne.apache.org/


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Monday December 03, 2018

Success at Apache: Cookie Monster

by Isabel Drost-Fromm

As a researcher interested in machine learning, Web- and social graphs I joined the Nutch mailing lists back in 2005 when the project was still on SourceForge. I started tinkering with Nutch Writeables to store the data I needed for my analysis – something that today some may know as Hadoop Writeables – the Nutch wiki still has a link to the material that I could get published out of those experiments: https://wiki.apache.org/nutch/AcademicArticles

After leaving academia I remained on the Nutch and Lucene mailing lists - until one day I saw the idea of an "Apache Text" project mentioned: https://lists.apache.org/thread.html/ac22faddbef946b66d544e590fe1b2a54b60215c98cc38a2f995ee06@1176254016@%3Cdev.lucene.apache.org%3E ... I got in touch with Grant Ingersoll, over the course of half a year that vague idea was turned into a plan to have a scalable machine learning project at Apache: Scalable in terms of community, dataset size but also commercially friendly when it comes to licensing – Apache Mahout was created.

Some ideas turn into something with a life on its own. The story I'm going to tell has little to do with great technical or economic achievements that were made with software developed at The Apache Software Foundation. However it has a lot to do with the kind of cross community links that exist between projects at Apache. It also has a lot to do with the fact that there are people active in Apache projects for whom the project is more than merely a day job.

But let's start at the beginning: Little over a year ago, in April or May 2017 Stefan Rudnitzki, one of my then-new colleagues at Europace AG was showing me around the office – mentioning in particular that there's space for meetups of 100 up to 200 people. It was the year when it was unclear whether or not there would be an ApacheCon EU. The combination of those two pieces of information put  an interesting idea in our heads: Why not pull ASF interested people to Berlin and have them discuss cross-community, behind-the-scenes, OSS economics, decentralized project management, coordination of work without discretionary power topics?

In a first step we ran a rough version of the idea past a handful of friends at Apache – and received encouragement. The idea got bigger, new aspects were added and we thought "Let's get more specific!".

In a working backwards model the next thing that was written was a press release (in big, bold, red letters marked as "draft, imaginary, DO NOT PUBLISH!!!!!!!") describing a conference on all things open source behind the scenes. The format helped identify important open question marks – like: 

  • "We don't have a name for the event yet!"
  • "We need to decide on a date."
  • "We need to come up with a clearer list of topics to cover."
  • "What's our target audience?"
  • "If this is a full day event – what will we do about catering?"

What helped me personally was having learnt from Sally in her ASF media training what a real press release actually should look like. 

As for the name that was found missing in the initial press release draft:  After weeks of trying several approaches to come up with a catchy name, I went to pick up my child from kindergarten. What caught my eye was a poster announcing a beneficial concert to collect donations for better equipment and toys – an *a capella* concert: .oO(FOSS A Capella?) .oO(FOSS Backstage?)

The press release formatted version of the vision was first run by Europace – though people here are fairly regularly running after hours meetups, hosting an entire full-day conference is a slightly different scale. After the idea had been met with approval here, it was run by the Apache Community Development mailing list – which we used to keep current planning status transparent and public. 

With the idea out in the open it grew beyond something that can easily be run as a small side project. Years ago to create Berlin Buzzwords I had been working together with an event agency called newthinking communications GmbH. They were founded in 2003 by Andreas Gebhard and Markus Beckedahl in the spirit to create a network on the interface between digital technologies and society. Today, the focus lies in the organisation of events such as Berlin Buzzwords and FOSS Backstage as well as content management services (based on Drupal) for NGOs and political parties as well the conferences named above. So I got in touch with newthinking – and was delighted to receive "Sure, we are going to help out" as an answer. 

So, what about the cookies? One of the first offers I received after publishing that we were to run a FOSS Backstage full day Micro Summit in November 2017 was: "If you need support with providing cookies for the coffee break – I'm happy  to bake some, if there's no more than 40 attendees." Half jokingly I responded that I would add another 40 cookies, lest someone sends me a 3D model of an ASF feather cookie cutter. Lo and behold  the next thing I know is that someone sends me a model file for an ASF cookie cutter (which by now even made it to the then VP trademarks – who was interested in putting it to good use himself). Just a few weeks later I attended Open Source Summit in Prague. Guess what happened? Someone who knew I'd be there brought some printed cookie cutters with him from Australia.

In the meantime we had a one day / two tracks FOSS Backstage Micro Summit in November 2017 kindly hosted by Europace AG. I was able to talk several people into baking ASF cookies (including sugar coatings in the appropriate colours). In addition with the support of both, Newthinking communications GmbH, the ASF planners, and the ASF community development PMC an Apache Roadshow was co-located with the actual FOSS Backstage in June this year – a two day, multiple tracks event featuring Danese Cooper and Shane Coughlan for keynotes, a host of speakers with all sorts of relevant and inspiring stories to share, as well as fishbowl discussions on topics like Open Source monetization. One of the loveliest feedback we received: "This doesn't feel like an inaugural conference, given the professional organisation. You surely did manage to successfully invite people from a great variety of FOSS projects and foundations."

Having a press release draft ready was helpful when starting to drum up interest for the real event: With all details filled in, the "Draft/ Do not share"-warning removed it ended up getting sent to the press and published for real.

We started with a scope of all things FOSS economics, decentralised organisation, cross-cultural team-building, volunteer motivation, licensing and legal. In 2019 we want to align these aspects towards InnerSource, work collaboration principles and modern work models so that teams, companies and organisations can learn from the experiences we all make while working on Open Source projects. We are glad to have the event backed by newthinking GmbH next year again.


Isabel Drost-Fromm is (currently board-) member of the Apache Software Foundation, co-founder of Apache Mahout and mentored several incubating projects. Interested in all things search and text mining with a thorough background in open source project management and open collaboration she is working Europace AG as Open Source Strategist. True to the nature of people living in Berlin she loves having friends fly in for a brief visit –- as a result she co-founded and is still one the creative heads behind both, Berlin Buzzwords, a tech conference on all things search, scale and storage as well as FOSS Backstage, a conference on all things Free and Open Source behind the scenes and how it interrelates with business and InnerSource.

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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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