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General ======= The sandbox is for experimental development of Tomcat components. The components may provide new functionality or improve existing functionality. Components may be targetted at one or more Tomcat versions. Life-cycle ========== The life-cycle of a sandbox component is: 1. Create new component in sandbox 2. Develop it 3. Do one of i) Incorporate it in the standard Tomcat source trees ii) Release it as a separate component iii) Archive it for future reference SVN === Sandbox components should be developed in a sub-directory of the /tomcat/sandbox directory. Developers may choose whether to add source directly under the component's directory or to create the standard subversion /trunk/, /branches/ and /tags/ directories and add the source under the /trunk/ directory. The svn commands to do this will look something like: svn mkdir https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/tomcat/sandbox/component svn mkdir https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/tomcat/sandbox/component/trunk svn mkdir https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/tomcat/sandbox/component/branches svn mkdir https://svn.apache.org/repos/asf/tomcat/sandbox/component/tags Alternatively, you can use the java/ directory. If possible: 1. create a new package ( or few ) for each module 2. if you have an external dependency for an optional component - create a new package. 3. Update the top level build.xml file with targets for your module - use <include> patterns instead of exclude. The single tree may help increase visibility of the source code. We are in 2005 ( or more ), build tools and IDEs have very good support for include/exclude patterns, we have tools to find dependencies between packages, and we have a single community, so we don't need fragmented source trees and more, at least in sandbox. Releases ======== Components may be released from the sandbox but only as alpha or beta. If releases are made, then the standard subversion structure of /trunk/, /branches/ and /tags/ must be used. Stable releases may not be made from the sandbox. All releases are subject to the same voting rules as any other Tomcat release. If released as a separate component, and if it does not already exist, a new top level directory (/tomcat/modules/) will need to be created and a sub-directory for the new component should be created under the modules directory. At this point, the standard svn /trunk/, /branches/ and /tags/ must be used for each component.