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I dont think I get enough programming at work so I'm thinking of doing some contributions to Eclipse. Seems that might be the only way to get some of my bugs fixed :)

But how do I get started? What are the requirements in regards to software used? What is the typical process? Any special do/don'ts one needs to know?

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Google, 7 seconds: wiki.eclipse.org/Development_Resources/HOWTO/… –  Philip Sep 30 '11 at 13:58
It would be great if actual contributors to Eclipse would layout their particular paths/experiences that lead them to becoming contributors. Not just what is in the document that Philip referred to, which seems to be more a process of being selected. What was the Experiential learning that was useful or key to getting selected. Fredrik, great question!! one that I have been wondering about from time to time. –  John Burley Sep 30 '11 at 14:27
@philip That refers to committers, I was asking about aid for the first step of just becoming a contributor. It did however lead me to wiki.eclipse.org/Development_Resources which has some info. But there must be some better guide? –  Fredrik Sep 30 '11 at 14:33
Ah, that information would be here: eclipse.org/committers which was a couple steps up from the specific "how to become a contributor". –  Philip Sep 30 '11 at 14:37

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Project page with detailed explanations: Contribute to Eclipse

You don't have to be an Eclipse guru or code monkey to help. There are many ways to participate in the Eclipse community.

Report Bugs and Enhancements...

Fix Bugs or Implement Enhancements...

Become a Committer...

Promote Eclipse Technologies...

Share Your Knowledge...


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It is recommended to add a brief summary of the referenced material to your answer, to make it more self-sufficient. The net evolves, and links may get broken. –  Péter Török Oct 1 '11 at 13:33

I don't think it would be any different than contributing to any open source project for the first time.

  • Figure out how to build the project from source.
  • Pick whichever bug is most annoying to you.
  • Fix it.
  • Get on the forums and say, "Hey, I have a patch for bug X. How do I submit it?"
  • Follow their instructions.

In general, projects that get annoyed by people asking such questions on forums tend to make their contribution process much easier to find.

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