Alfresco gets an extensions incubator
Alfresco Software has created a community incubator for extensions – in the form of the Alfresco Community Committer Program (ACCP) – as part of a plan to raise the quality of extensions for its open source enterprise content management system.
Nancy Garrity, Alfresco's Community Director, told The H that although the processes for driving the core of Alfresco code were well defined, there was a need for a more community oriented process for software extensions, language packs, plug-ins and other integration work. The ACCP has been created to address this need and, staffed by volunteers from the Alfresco community, to create standards and best practices for that process. Currently the ACCP is a self appointing panel of six where Alfresco employees can advise but not vote. According to Garrity, as processes are developed the ACCP is planning to become more open and transparent.
Projects will be first accepted into an ACCP incubator at the start of the process of being brought up to standard, and once a project is of sufficiently high quality, promoted to Community status where it will be distributed as part of the Alfresco Community Edition. According to the ACCP wiki page, among projects already in the incubator are a German and French language pack, a semantic auto-tagging extension and metadata embedding tools. Although the terminology of the ACCP is very Apache like, it is not currently offering mentoring for aspiring developers, but Garrity says that is definitely something they will be looking into.