[Arp] Announcing OpenARP.org,
the advisory committee and the ARP subversion repository
aral at ariaware.com
Sun May 29 16:45:42 PDT 2005
This announcement is long overdue but I wanted to make sure that we had
everything in place before making it.
I am very happy to announce that ARP has a new home and an absolutely
amazing Advisory Committee comprised of some truly wonderful people. Our
new home is http://OpenARP.org and you can see the advisory committee
list at http://www.openarp.org/index.php?page=ARP+Advisory+Committee
The new web site is a Wiki -- a WysiwygWiki to be precise
(http://WysiwygWiki.org) -- to better enable the whole community to
partake in the sharing of information on ARP.
The advisory committee has already started debating the future direction
of ARP (and please keep sending your thoughts, additions, etc. to this
list also) and will begin committing experimental additions to ARP's new
Subversion repository in the coming days. Which brings me to... ARP's
new Subversion repository. Here's the URL:
(There's not much that's new there at the moment but, believe me, there
will be in the coming days!)
By the way, as part of this move, ARP no longer stands for anything
other than ARP. In other words, it no longer stands for the Ariaware RIA
Platform. It's no longer an acronym (we have our hands full with FAME,
FAMES, FLAMES, etc.) :) The name was a legacy artifact dating back to
the days when ARP was a closed-source framework at Ariaware which we
actually licensed to our clients.
Although the winds of changes are a-blowin', please know that there are
a couple of overriding principles that we will adhere to as we take ARP
1. Simplicity before all else (the core of ARP will never mushroom into
a complicated mess)
2. Documentation, documentation, documentation!
3. Commitment to the Flash ecosystem (Flash, Flex, MTASC, etc.)
So, for example, although you may see that new utility classes get added
to the framework over time, these will always be optional and will not
create any dependencies on the core framework. Again, you may find that
the experimental branch of the SVN tree grows to include interesting
additions/extensions -- but these will not be included in the stable
branch until they are fully documented and then only if the utility they
provide does not outweigh any simplicity they remove.
Finally, ARP is now part of the OSFlash movement (http://osflash.org).
There has been a groundswell of activity in open source Flash projects
recently and OSFlash.org aims to support this by providing a common
information hub, community tools (like the OSFlash and Swfmill mailing
lists) as well as repository hosting for open source projects through
I would like to extend a warm welcome to the new ARP Advisory Committee
members and a big thank-you to everyone who has supported and continues
to support and use ARP. These are exciting times for ARP and exciting
times for open source Flash and I'm just happy to be a part of it!
All the best,
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