Friday, September 24, 2004



I don't hear much about Chandler anymore. Is it because Friends is over? Actually I am not talking about that Chandler. I am referring to the Chandler product that the Open Source Applications Foundation has been working on. I have not gone to the site for some time, but did today and glanced at the status reports. It doesn't look as though they have put out any status reports since 2003, but yet they are still hiring. I wonder if it will ever actually make it to a production version. I guess only time will tell.

Update: I mention more on the comment posted to this post here.


Anonymous said...

We've actually been working hard on Chandler. I'm not sure what you were looking at, but we've got status reports from the first part of 2004 at

I will admit that we weren't particularly good about reporting status for a few months this summer -- we've been struggling with what the best tools and process for consolidating status reports is -- but we now have what we hope will be a more efficient way of reporting. See

So what have we been working on? Lots and lots of infrastructure. It's hard to tell because there hasn't been much that has poked above the surface of the UI. (It's not like a building or a road where you get to watch for months or years as dirt gets moved, beams get put in place, concrete gets poured, facade gets installed.) We now have a cool repository in place, a network architecture (including basic IMAP/SMTP/WebDAV protocol support that allows easy sharing of data between users), tools for managing collections, and some really cool UI infrastructure.

We've also done a lot of work to improve and expand upon various open-source code bases that we depend upon. We've done a lot of work to improve wxWidgets and are working closely with the Twisted team, for example. We've wrapped the Lucene search engine codebase with SWIG to make it play nicely with Python; ditto for EGADS. We're working on a Python package for parsing and generating vCard and vCalendar files.

Are we done yet? No, not hardly. But we aren't dead yet, either. Not hardly.

-- Kaitlin Duck Sherwood, OSAF community organizer

bonj said...

I dedicated a post to Ducky's comment at