Many software projects have a need to perform I/O in various ways, and the JDK class libraries provide a lot of functionality, but sometimes you need just a little bit more. The io package seeks to encapsulate some of the most popular i/o base classes into one easy to use package.
This proposal is to create a package of Java utility classes for various types of i/o related activity.
IO relies only on standard JDK 1.2 (or later) APIs for production deployment. It utilizes the JUnit unit testing framework for developing and executing unit tests, but this is of interest only to developers of the component. IO will be a dependency for several existing components in the open source world.
No external configuration files are utilized.
The original Java classes are splashed around various Apache subprojects. We intend to seek them out and integrate them.
The proposed package name for the new component is org.apache.commons.io.