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Chapter 7. Wrapping Up

7.1. Future directions
7.2. Getting involved

This document provides a very high-level overview of ModeShape, introducing you to some basic concepts and showing what would be required to use ModeShape in your own application. We saw two simple examples that showed two different aspects of ModeShape: the sequencing system and the connector system. Each of these examples showed how to create a ModeShape configuration, how to start up the ModeShape engine, and how to then access a javax.jcr.Repository instance, and after that your application just uses the standard JCR API.

For a more in-depth description of ModeShape and the internal workings, see our Reference Guide. This also describes how to write your own custom sequencers or connectors. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact ModeShape's user mailing list, use our discussion forums, or chat with the developers in the IRC chat room. If you find a bug or have a suggestion, please let us know or (better yet) create a new issue in the project's JIRA issue management system . If there's something in particular you're interested in, talk with the community - there may be others interested in the same thing.

What's next for ModeShape? We're very close to passing all of the JCR Technology Compatibility Kit (TCK) Level 1, Level 2 tests, plus the tests for the optional features including observation and locking. (In fact, there are just a few outstanding bugs that are preventing us from passing all of these test and becoming fully JCR compliant.) We will soon be implementing versioning, which is the last optional feature of JCR. We will also be adding support for clustering multiple ModeShape engines spread across multiple JVM processes. And each release we continue to introduce more connectors and sequencers to our library. Other items on our long-term roadmap include a web user interface, Seam integration, and integration with even more kinds of information systems and repositories.

If you're interested in getting involved with the ModeShape project, take a look at our community pages, and consider picking up one of the sequencers or connectors on our roadmap. Or, check out JIRA for the list of features we've thought of. If you think of one that's not there, please add it to JIRA!