- 1 Users: Contributing To A Project
- 2 Projects: Getting Started
- 3 Committers: Being A Committer
- 4 Leads: Managing A Project
- 5 Everyone: IP Cleanliness
- 6 FAQs and Guidelines
- 7 HOWTOs and Help
- 8 Information and Miscellany
Users: Contributing To A Project
- How To Behave Practical advice on how to ask questions, report bugs, and be generally successful in your interactions with an Open Source Project.
- Reporting Bugs. All Eclipse projects use Bugzilla to track bugs and features. Please read the Bug Reporting FAQ and then sign up for a bugzilla account to join in the fun.
- Getting Answers. Mailing lists are for development team conversations; newsgroups and IRC are for the larger user and adopter community and thus are the correct place to ask for help.
- Downloads. Get binaries from the main downloads page. Click through to the project pages for integration, milestone, and nightly builds.
- Source Code. Get the source code from either CVS, SVN, or Git (each project makes their own choice).
- Contribute! The best way to contribute to a project is to contribute (sorry for the recursion). Pick a bug from a project that interests you, build a fix, and contribute it to the bug as a patch. If you're not sure how to start, ask questions on the bug, or communicate with the project via their communication channel (normally a forum).
- Large Contributions. Small contributions to Eclipse projects should be made through Bugzilla, but larger contributions require a separate process. Or, if the contribution is larger still, you could start a new project.
Projects: Getting Started
- Starting a New Project Words of advice, what to expect, that sort of thing, ...
- Naming a Project. Help with choosing an appropriate name for your project.
- Initial Contribution All Eclipse projects start with an initial contribution of code. Some contributions are big, other are small. Whatever the case, the IP Team needs to review your first drop of code before anything gets added to the repository.
- List of Projects All projects at Eclipse, including valuable links.
Committers: Being A Committer
- Eclipse Development Process. The Eclipse Development Process (EDP) describes the high-level development process for Eclipse projects. Individual projects set their own day-to-day development process.
- Becoming a Committer. The Standard Project Charter's Committers section has some information. The Eclipse Development Process document's section on Committers and Contributors has more.
- Portal. The portal is designed to be your single point of contact with the Foundation and to guide you through the various Foundation processes.
- Map. Map of Committers and Contributors. Put yourself on the map!
- Reaching out. Talking to other committers, requesting assistance, channels for communication.
- Community Development Developing a community and Eco-system around your project is every committer's job.
- APIs The Eclipse Project provides some great API Resources.
- Words of Wisdom and Bits of Advice. Things that Eclipse Project leads and committers need, and should, be doing on a regular basis (daily/weekly/weekly/quarterly/etc).
- Cartoons. Quick reference guides in a fun and easy format: The IP Process in Eight Cartoons and The Three Laws of Eclipse.
- Coding Guidelines. Coding standards, naming conventions, version numbering, etc.
- Difficult People. Some advice on interacting with sometimes frustrating users Mylyn Contributor Reference#Communication.
- Friends of Eclipse Funding. Some money is available from the Eclipse Foundation to help your project pay for meeting space, hardware, and other expenses (sorry, we can't pay committers).
- Handling Git Contributions. Contributions from Git outside Git repositories are subject to our IP Policy and Due Diligence Process.
Committers and The Eclipse.Org Website
- /projects - List of Projects. Your project is listed on the projects page automatically based on your project's meta-data (see below).
- Standard Project Summary. Your project has a standard format project summary page (e.g., Project Dash). The summary page is driven by your project's meta-data (see below).
- Standard Project Plan. Your project has a standard format project plan page (e.g.,  for Project Dash). The project plan page is driven by your project's meta-data (see below) and has an entire page of documentation Development Resources/Project Plan.
- IP Log. Your project has a standard format IP log (e.g., Project Dash). The IP log is driven by your project's meta-data (see below) and also has an entire page of documentation of its own.
- Project Meta-Data. Many pieces of the eclipse.org infrastructure are driven by the project meta-data, thus it is important to keep the meta-data current and correct. Use the instructions and the portal to update the meta-data.
- IT Infrastructure. Here is a general howto on using our IT infrastructure. More information is also available on the Webmaster FAQ.
- Building and Maintaining a Project Website. The Phoenix project has documentation on building sites with the Phoenix API.
- External Links. Links to non-eclipse.org content
- Legal Paperwork. Becoming a new committer involves some legal paperwork. Here's what and why 
- Development Process. For the overall smooth flow of the Eclipse eco-system, committers agree to follow a few process rules. Here's what they are . There's also a more humorous summary version .
- Parallel IP Process. Many new committers join with a block of code that they'd like to include right away. The Parallel IP process is designed to speed that inclusion. Here's the what, why, and how of that process .
Leads: Managing A Project
- Eclipse Development Process (EDP) Official description of the meta-process for Eclipse projects.
- IP log Your project must maintain an IP Log. This document keeps track of third-party libraries used and distributed by the project, contributions, and more. It is especially important for adopters who need to know where the intellectual property of your project comes from. You are required to provide an IP Log prior to a release review. We encourage you to keep your IP log current rather than rushing at the end. The automatic IP log extracts most information from bugzilla and IPzilla, but it requires you to use the 'iplog+' flag.
- Project Plan The project plan is how projects communicate their future intent to the rest of the Eclipse community.
- Builds You have some options with regard to how you build your Eclipse project for distribution.
- Reviews Reviews are undertaken a key points in the life of a project. Project leads should coordinate reviews with their PMC and the EMO.
- Manage Project Metadata, Bugzilla Components, etc. Project metadata feeds the project summary pages and other Eclipse tools. In the metadata, you specify important information like release dates, project plans, and description. Use the "Eclipse Projects" section on the portal to specify project metadata. The "tools for all committers" link provides access to Bugzilla components.
- About Files and Copyright Notices. There's the official guide to legal documentation and then there's a slightly different, but perhaps more readable, guide to legal documentation from the developers point of view.
- Releases. Of course the whole point of an Eclipse project is to release code to the community. At the same time, the Eclipse community relies on a well-defined release review process. It's relatively simple, but it does require planning ahead to schedule the necessary legal and community reviews.
- Changing Leadership Electing new Project Leads and retiring the used up ones.
- Nominating and Electing New Committers. Use the portal to nominate and elect new committers (you can review the portal workflow here). Please follow the nomination guidelines so that the elections are relevant for the whole community.
- Removing Inactive Committers. The portal provides a simple tool for project leads to remove inactive committers (and to correct errors in the automatic inactive committer detection algorithm).
- Press Releases. The Eclipse Foundation's marketing department would like to help you put out your project-related press releases; the guidelines are simple enough .
- Creating and Managing Mailing Lists and Newsgroups Newsgroups are used by most projects to communicate with their community. Mailing lists tend to be used for communication amongst project developers (committers and contributors). Contact Webmaster to create and manage newsgroups and mailing lists.
New Project Leads
- Sufficient Community. What does it mean to have a project mature enough to graduate? See Community Development for Eclipse Projects for the Technology PMC's current thoughts on the issue.
Everyone: IP Cleanliness
Maintaining intellectual property (IP) cleanliness is a critical part of being an Eclipse project, committer, and community member.
- The Official Story. The guide to legal documents describes what legal documents to include with code and deliverable software.
- Committer Guidelines.  issues to be aware of, and the processes one should follow, when working as a committer on Eclipse.org projects.
- The Poster. The famous IP process poster .
- The Policy. The official written word version of the due diligence process for contributing code .
- The Cartoons. The IP Process in Eight Cartoons
- The Legal Department. Licenses, IP policies, agreements, etc. 
- Logos & Trademarks. Documents about the Eclipse logos and trademarks  . The Eclipse Foundation owns the trademarks on all the Eclipse Project names. The Foundation holds these trademarks on behalf of, and for the benefit of, the projects.
- More IP Stuff. See IP Stuff
FAQs and Guidelines
- Guidelines for the Pre-Proposal Phase
- Guidelines for the Proposal Phase
- Guidelines for the Incubation Phase
- Guidelines for Using the Parallel IP Process
- Guidelines for the Mature Phase
- Guidelines for the Archived Phase
- Guidelines for Creation Reviews
- Guidelines for Graduation Reviews
- Guidelines for Release Reviews
- User Interface Guidelines
- Eclipse Quality
- Project Naming Policy
HOWTOs and Help
- bugzilla use
- IP log
- project plan
- project meta-data
- "about this project" left menu
- incubation branding
Information and Miscellany
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