[OpenLayers-Dev] Addins Directory

Paul Spencer pspencer at dmsolutions.ca
Thu Oct 18 10:31:37 EDT 2007

On 18-Oct-07, at 9:19 AM, Jachym Cepicky wrote:

> hi,
> Christopher Schmidt píše v Čt 18. 10. 2007 v 08:58 -0400:
>> On Thu, Oct 18, 2007 at 08:42:15AM -0400, Paul Spencer wrote:
>>> Erik,
>>> are the Addins intended to be officially supported, but outside the
>>> core library?  Or are they intended to be third party contributions
>>> that are 'use at your own risk'?
>> I think my personal intention is that they are 'officially  
>> supported by
>> their developer', and that users can expect help from the mailing  
>> list,
>> IRC, etc. If the WMS Manager goes into addins, I expect Lorenzo to
>> support the users of it via the OpenLayers infrastructure.
>> So, I wouldn't expect that I would be answering every questino  
>> related
>> to every addin, but I would chip in, and I would expect other  
>> developers
>> to take an active role in supporting their users.
>> If the OpenLayers trunk breaks compatibility with an addin, I  
>> think that
>> the OpenLayers project would have a responsibility to fix it.
>> To me this is definitely not 'use at your own risk': these are things
>> that are meant to work with OpenLayers. If they don't, that's a  
>> problem,
>> and the project has a responsibility to make sure that doesn't  
>> happen.
>> If we find that an addin is not 'up to snuff' -- that is, it's
>> consistently broken, or it's not being maintained -- then in my mind,
>> it doesn't go into addins -- and if it's already there, we consider
>> taking it out.
>> Make sense?
> further more, IMHO Addins should be better tested, because of more  
> users
> will use it and so, they are natural candidates to appear in the  
> Trunk,
> if they could be used by general user.

I'm happy with this rationale.



|Paul Spencer                          pspencer at dmsolutions.ca    |
|Chief Technology Officer                                         |
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