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Need help setting up GEF contributor environment [message #238529] Mon, 17 September 2007 20:37 Go to next message
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Originally posted by: barry_lafond.sbcglobal.net

Hey all,

I've been programming/develping with GEF/SWT for a few years now and I'm
interested in maybe contributing back to Eclipse and getting more involved.

I've got 3.3 installed and been able to download any/all eclipse
projects from CVS, but now I'm unclear on where to go from here.

How do I set up my development environment to concurrently access latest
code-base, duplicate bugs, and test fixes? There seems to be a number
of ways to do. Which target platform? which code-base? Do I need to
download/compile all relevant/dependent source plugins or use binaries?

Is there some documentation/how-to's on this? i.e. "How To Set Up
Eclipse In Order to Contribute?"

Any help would be much appreciated.

Thx

Barry
Re: Need help setting up GEF contributor environment [message #238542 is a reply to message #238529] Tue, 18 September 2007 16:24 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Anthony Hunter is currently offline Anthony Hunter
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Registered: July 2009
Senior Member
Hi Barry,

In terms of GEF it is pretty simple to contibute not that you have your
development environment set up.

1) Pick a defect in Bugzilla.
2) Confirm it is an issue for all GEF clients. You can either duplicate
through a code snippet or through one of the GEF examples. Once you have
duplicated and confirmed the issue, document in the Bugzilla.
3) Fix the issue. Note that breaking API changes are not tolerated. Post the
patch to the Bugzilla for review.
4) Committers review the patch and committ to CVS if the fix is appropriate.

Note that the steps above are what we recommend for all GEF developers
raising bugs on GEF. Like any open source project, we all hope that users of
GEF contribute fixes they find to issues through patches so everyone
benefits.

Cheers...
Anthony

"BarryLaFond" <barry_lafond@sbcglobal.net> wrote in message
news:fcmo7b$qfq$1@build.eclipse.org...
> Hey all,
>
> I've been programming/develping with GEF/SWT for a few years now and I'm
> interested in maybe contributing back to Eclipse and getting more
> involved.
>
> I've got 3.3 installed and been able to download any/all eclipse projects
> from CVS, but now I'm unclear on where to go from here.
>
> How do I set up my development environment to concurrently access latest
> code-base, duplicate bugs, and test fixes? There seems to be a number of
> ways to do. Which target platform? which code-base? Do I need to
> download/compile all relevant/dependent source plugins or use binaries?
>
> Is there some documentation/how-to's on this? i.e. "How To Set Up Eclipse
> In Order to Contribute?"
>
> Any help would be much appreciated.
>
> Thx
>
> Barry
Re: Need help setting up GEF contributor environment [message #238546 is a reply to message #238542] Wed, 19 September 2007 15:22 Go to previous message
Eclipse User
Originally posted by: none.ibm.com

Perhaps related, I saw where a recent contributor was asking about the
status of his patch. The patch contained generics which are only supported
in java 5, but GEF currently targets 1.4 JRE. I'm not sure how this
contributor got into a state where the patch he was providing wouldn't
compile in CVS, but it's something to watch out for when providing patches.
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