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Re: [ide-dev] How to encourage contributions and what kind of contributions?

I see two issues:

1.) Technology boundaries: several platform and e4 tools contributors I coached in the past had the problem of grasping the Eclipse workflow which nowadays is mainly based on Gerrit. 
2.) Customer and personal value: I think if we continue to lower the entry level for contributions more and more people will show up and like to help. At least the platform.ui I feel that we have currently several great new contributors also in areas typically overseen, like new icons or CSS. 

To help with this I started a new book "How to contribute to the Eclipse OS project" which I plan to release tomorrow as "Early access version" and in 6-8 weeks as final version.
To solve issue 2.) we in platform.ui actively work on cleaning up our code base and to simplify the process. See and for umbrella bugs for this effort.

2014-05-31 0:02 GMT+02:00 Michael Scharf <eclipse@xxxxxxxxx>:

I am giving an in-house RCP training next week, for a
company that builds some RCP based products.

The audience will be developers. However, what would be the
best message to encourage the company to contribute?

And what forms of contributions are valuable? The classical
answer seems to be "write bug reports and send patches,
spread the word, get engaged":

But most of this is in some way is a "personal" commitments. Even
becoming a member company, is kind of personal. None of this can
convince a "German Accountant" to let money flow.... I always have to
think about the story behind the bug....

But I also wonder how else can a company make sure
RCP and eclipse is maintained and developed in the future?
- paying for ... (what?)?
- hiring contractors (like Lars or Tom (or me ;-))) to fix bugs?
- participating in the long term support project?
- ... what else

So, what would be YOUR message if you are asked to motivate
a company to contribute to eclipse? What other ways than
"personal commitment" can help eclipse?

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