I am considering building a Java Source Code repository web site. My first post about this was here, https://coderanch.com/t/391918/java/java/CPAN-Java, however I decided to create a topic in this forum to reach more people. I decided to do this because as some people have mentioned before, there really isn't a central source for java packages, and some of the better ones, like www.jars.com are housing commercial software, which will not be eligable on my web site. I would accept only 100% pure open source java packages into the repository. All packages must be completely and 100% platform independent. All packages must also contain javadocs along with them in the Sun Standard API format. I would like some help with this project, though I will take on the bulk of it's upkeep and maintenence. The majority of the help I will need is the initial site design and development and I need people that are willing to contribute packages, which will come in time I am sure. Once the site is up and running, I will need testers to test newly uploaded packages, try and break them, and rate them. That way we will be able to provide only the best to our visitors. If you would like to be a part of this, E-mail me at Gregg.Bolinger@intrustbank.com.
I think identifying 100% pure code is important, but completely excluding non-pure code from the respository is a bit extreme. It should just be marked as such and receive less priority. Sticking with free software is good, though, as is requiring JavaDocs. Part of your problem is going to be reviewing submissions. I would recommend community review and rating. My guess is you'll have to approach some people/projects directly about donating in order to get the repository code base started. Good luck, and I look forward to seeing it when it goes live!
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I agree. And I was a bit haste in excluding partial java code from the repository. And I also agree in the community ratings. Maybe a "java expert" top pics then? Sort of to include some java pro reviews in that sense.
I have recently been in contact with Dirk concerning possibly making a java repository part of Javaranch and not a stand alone site of my own. Any feedback on this would be appreciated and much welcomed.