[fdo-internals] FDO and Incubation

Zak James zjames at dmsolutions.ca
Fri Jul 20 09:25:32 EDT 2007


I think a key difference between FDO and GDAL in this context is the  
number of client applications that make use of the functionality.  
Discussion on this list occurs mainly when a non-AutoDesk developer  
is working on a  provider or related application but there just  
aren't that many. Perhaps the introduction of tools like FDO2FDO and  
the increasing popularity of Mapguide will drive other groups to  
develop providers and drive community involvement.

One proactive way to increase outside developer interest would be for  
the existing community to produce a 'beginner's' guide to creating a  
provider. There is some excellent documentation for FDO but something  
relatively simple like that is missing.

Zak James
Applications and Software Development
DM Solutions Group Inc.

On 19 Jul 2007, at 15:48, Daniel Morissette wrote:

> FDO Developers,
> One of the requirements to graduate from OSGeo Incubation is that  
> the project has to show that it has a healthy and active developer  
> and user community, that they communicate openly via open channels  
> (e.g. lists, IRC, etc.), and that decisions are made by consensus  
> via those channels (following the PSC guidelines).
> I find that the level of traffic is fairly low on this list and  
> that we don't see the level of open discussions here that we find  
> in other OSGeo projects.
> As your incubation mentor I am wondering if there is anything we  
> can do to help open up communication to show to OSGeo that this  
> project really operates in a healthy and open way. Or is it just  
> that there is not much to discuss? Of course the nature of a data  
> access library doesn't attract users as much as a webmapping engine  
> such as MapGuide or MapServer, but we're far from the level of  
> interaction that we find around GDAL which is of similar nature.
> I'd like to hear your thoughts on this. At least that should help  
> generating more traffic and open discussions.  :)
> Daniel
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