MapGuide PSC Meeting 10-26-2006
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The second meeting of the MapGuide PSC will take place Thursday October 26 at 17:00 UTC (1:00 PM EST / 11:00 AM MST / 10:00 AM PST).
Meeting Chair: Bob Bray Universal Time: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?month=10&day=26&year=2006&hour=17&min=0&sec=0&p1=0 Location: The meeting will be held on IRC at #mapguide
- PSC Nominations
- RFC Template Discussion
- Road Map/Release Schedule Discussion (PS)
- Haris elected to the MapGuide PSC!
- Paul volunteered (with some arm twisting) to post a draft RFC template to the Wiki
- General agreement on Paul's proposed release strategy with some refinement required
- Post strawman roadmap
- Post his release strategy e-mail as initial draft content for a release strategy document
- Review, edit, comment on proposed RFC template
- Review, edit, comment on proposed release strategy
- Review proposed roadmap for the next meeting
- Evaluate expansion of PSC in one month
brayr Welcome everyone. I am going to wait another minute or two to start to see if others join. I know Jason will not be here today. Haris_ Hi, I got invitation from Jason to attend this meeting today Andy Hi Haris, good to see you here. Haris_ Thank you brayr Ok, I was hoping Paul was going to join since he added an agenda item but lets get started and see if he joins late. brayr I kicked off the FDO PSC yesterday starting with the same PSC guideline document. I'd like to incorporate feedback from that group and then put the guidelines up for formal approval. brayr On the agenda, the first order of business is PSC Nominations. So far we have one, Haris, from Jason. Any others Andy Based on our requirements from the last meeting for a nominee, Haris seems to be a good fit if he's interested. brayr Agreed. brayr Jsut wanted to see if there were other contenders before we vote to fill the position. brayr Haris did you get a chance to review the PSC document on the website? Haris_ Yes, and I am very much interested to be involved Haris_ new to this things but willing to learn brayr I would like to involve you in the FDO PSC too. Haris_ that would be great brayr I think it would be good to have an external developer involved in both projects. Jason recommended it and I certainly agree. brayr So if there are no other candidates, I motion to add Haris to the MapGuide PSC. brayr And +1 from Jason by proxy. Andy Do we need to second the motion, or does it just go to vote? brayr Wow, process questions. I think we need a second. Andy Hey, I was on the board for my homeowners association. I learned something. I second the motion. TomFukushima +1 Andy +1 bdechant +1 brayr And I am of course +1. brayr So that is everyone but Paul. brayr Just checking the rules I wrote last week. Man my memory is going fast. Andy Looks like we're good. 2/3 quorum in attendance. Paul can still veto, but I'm sure he won't. brayr Majority is good, so motion passed. Welcome Haris (unless of course Paul vetos). Haris_ Thank you, it is my pleasure brayr Yes I think Paul was promoting Haris in last weeks meeting too, so I think we are good. -->| pagameba (email@example.com) has joined #mapguide -->| zjames (firstname.lastname@example.org) has joined #mapguide brayr Hey Paul, you missed the first vote. Andy His IRC channel must be burning......... pagameba hi, sry I'm late pagameba no excuse :) pagameba I disagree pagameba what did we vote on? pagameba ;) brayr No problems. We just added Haris to the PSC. Unless you veto of course. pagameba not me ... pagameba +1 brayr Great, that makes it unanomous. brayr Well if I could spell anyway. pagameba Hi Haris ... pagameba :o we have Frank too ... wow brayr We will revisit membership size in another few weeks, but lets leave it at 7 for now. As always if someone has a good candidate please bring them to the PSCs attention. FrankW is just a fly on the wall. Haris_ Hi, thanks for no veto, you have beeron me brayr Next agenda item: RFC Template. brayr Any thoughts on what this should contain or good models to follow? brayr Or volunteers to put a draft together? pagameba what does mapserver do? pagameba can we start from that? brayr They have a template of sorts, but it varys I think based on whether it is Technical or not. FrankW Mapserver doesn't have a template, but there are certain "standard items" that normally appear. brayr Frank can you elaborate on the items? pagameba FrankW: does the mapserver approach work well? What are things you would change if you could? FrankW I try to encourage people to include a "backwards compatibility", "regression tsting" section for instance. FrankW pagameba: I'd suggest using some of the mapserver rfcs as a guide when writing a template. FrankW If you do a good one, I'll take it back to the mapserver and gdal psc's! pagameba which rfcs do you think would serve as the best example(s)? brayr yea, that gives us a start anyway. I think GeoServer has a template for the Improvement Proposals, but I will have to check. We could look at that too. danmo For those not familiar with the MapServer site, RFCs are at http://mapserver.gis.umn.edu/development/rfc sigq Title: RFCs UMN MapServer (at mapserver.gis.umn.edu) FrankW pagameba: I'm partial to http://mapserver.gis.umn.edu/development/rfc/ms-rfc-21/ sigq Title: MS RFC 21: MapServer Raster Color Correction UMN MapServer (at mapserver.gis.umn.edu) pagameba wonders which 'fly' wrote it ... pagameba :o ... waddya know, its Frank's RFC :) FrankW lol danmo http://mapserver.gis.umn.edu/development/rfc/ms-rfc-18 adds voting history and comments from the review period... do we care to have that in RFCs? sigq Title: MS RFC 18: Encryption of passwords in mapfiles UMN MapServer (at mapserver.gis.umn.edu) pagameba Overview, Technical Changes, Implications (mgserver, mapagent, API, docs, ...), Test Plan, Staffing, Tracking Bug brayr A motivation section with some use cases would be good. brayr Yes we should track the votes either in the document associated with it somehow. I really need to have a better look at Drupal to see what is possible. brayr Eventually it would be nice to have some kind of a Drupal template/form for these things. But that will have to wait till we are up and running on our new infrastructure. Andy Sorry, what's Drupal? brayr Ah sorry. it's a content management system. brayr For those who do not know, our current hosting infrastructure is going away at the end of January. brayr We are moving to a new CMS based infrastructure around the first of the year. brayr One of the benefits is that it will give everyone more ability to edit/modify the web site content. brayr Anyway, back on topic. Anyone care to put a draft template together or should we just wait till the first RFC comes in? Which might be soon. brayr I personally would like to see a little structure, but I am also fine with working out the kinks as we go along. Andy It would probably be easier to have the template in place already so the submitter could format the RFC properly. brayr Hmm, silence however tells me that we will take a more iterative approach. I added a list of actions to the PSC page on the Wiki. brayr http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/MapGuide_PSC sigq Title: MapGuide PSC - OSGEO (at wiki.osgeo.org) brayr For now lets see what comes first, a template or an RFC. Maybe the author of the first RFC will wind up creating the template. pagameba ok, I'll start one in the wiki brayr Hey is that a voluneer? brayr Thanks Paul. brayr Next topic, Pauls Road Map/Release Schedule e-mail. brayr There was a lot of stuff in there, including some versioning ideas and a release schedule. Haris_ Where can I see that email Andy I can forward it right now. Haris_ thanks brayr In the archives: https://mapguide.osgeo.org/servlets/ReadMsg?list=psc&msgNo=25 sigq Title: mapguide: Mail reader (at mapguide.osgeo.org) brayr The version numbering scheme outlined is pretty standard, no argument from me on any of that. brayr I would also agree with a minor version every 6 months or so. brayr We could start by shooting for a 1.1 release in late November or early December. Andy I agree with both as well. It's where we start to look at actual feature inclusion and the overall road map where things get a bit more sticky. brayr Well for Nov/Dec we take what is in trunk right now. brayr FDO 3.2 and KML Serving. brayr There are a bunch of small things as well, multi-line labels for the AJAX Viewer for example. FrankW fdo3.2++ Andy Is there any easy way to see an overview list of items in the trunk? brayr Frank: yes, that is what I meant. Support for the 3.2.x branch of the API and most recent provider builds. brayr The only way is to look at the SVN history or the project tracker artifacts. Andy OK, thanks. TomFukushima And the release notes when it's release :) brayr I have an action to create a draft roadmap together. I'll try and list everything I know about. Andy Yes, that kind of list is what I'm referring to, but prior to release. Maybe something to think about for the future. TomFukushima I can go through the submissions and find what's been put in to date brayr We could create a Project Tracker query for that, but it is a pain and we are moving away from it, so I dont really want to expend the energy for something that is going away. brayr Overall I agree with everything in Pauls e-mail, but would like to shift the dates next year. pagameba dates were examples TomFukushima So, for example, we would like to do a minor release every 6 months, but it's okay if it's a month early or late right? brayr I would prefer to shoot for September / February targets for the minor versions, but that is the commercial guy talking. brayr yea, they are just loose targets. brayr At least from my perspective. pagameba that was my intention pagameba the idea being that we start to think about a release and look more closely at what is in development pagameba the PSC should start thinking about a release at least 2 months before the release to give time for beta/RC process Andy I don't think hard and fast target dates would work well. We've all seen what happens when software is released prematurely just because it has to meeting marketing's dates. pagameba http://wiki.osgeo.org/index.php/MapGuide_RFC_Template sigq Title: MapGuide RFC Template - OSGEO (at wiki.osgeo.org) brayr Andy: Unfortunately my reality is a little different. Just to put this in perspective, after this coming year MG will ship every April. No exceptions. pagameba Andy ... pagameba it is a different way of doing releases pagameba we are not pushing out features pagameba we are cutting a release with whatever features are done brayr Right. pagameba it works extremely well for mapserver brayr and I think it will work equally well for us. pagameba the idea being that a project with frequent releases is more stable Andy I see, that makes sense. If the feature isn't quite ready, it just doesn't make it into the release. pagameba it gives an impression of health too brayr and forward progress, even if it is in little steps. Haris_ I am also for faster releases pagameba also ... from postgis experience, most people won't use a pre-release version pagameba so you lose some benefit of being open source pagameba ie lots of testers Andy Thanks for the clarification, folks. That all makes sense. Bob, I feel for you though since your situation is much more difficult. pagameba but everyone jumps on the latest release brayr My situation is really no different. We ship what is ready, every April regardless. brayr Paul, can you also post the content of your e-mail. It seems like the start of a release process document to me. pagameba note also that bugfix and major releases happen whenever, it is only the minor releases that are on a fixed schedule pagameba sure pagameba why not brayr thanks. pagameba I'm doing everything else! pagameba ;) Andy Paul, let me know if you need any help with the RFC. It's new stuff to me, but I'll help where I can. brayr I'll get the roadmap posted and send an e-mail when it is done. Should be by Monday. pagameba I've done the first cut at the RFC, see link about pagameba above brayr And I think we are out of time. Any last minute issues / questions? brayr Thanks Andy. Everyone else should have a look and edit their thoughts into the RFC template brayr Silence means we are done for today. We should try to iterate more on the roadmap and process issues next week. bdechant Thanks Bob brayr Thanks everyone. Andy See you all next week. Haris_ see you pagameba bye all |<-- Andy has left irc.freenode.net ("Chatzilla 0.9.75 [Firefox 18.104.22.168/2006090918]") |<-- bdechant has left irc.freenode.net ("Chatzilla 0.9.75 [Firefox 22.214.171.124/2006090918]") brayr Frank, thanks for adding your input. It is always appreciated.