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As a developer, your first (and best) way to get involved with the community is to use the Eclipse IDE for your development and explore what the many Eclipse projects have to offer you and your fellow developers. Let your interest areas guide you: if you're interested in modeling and visual editing, consider the [[EMF | Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF)]], [[GEF | Graphical Editing Framework (GEF)]], and [[GMF | Graphical Modeling Framework (GMF)]] projects; if you need to generate reports, consider the [[BIRT | Business Intelligence Reporting Tools (BIRT)]] project. There are many projects; as you get more familiar with the community you'll develop a natural tendency to explore them all.
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As an Eclipse user or developer, your first (and best) way to get involved with the community is to use the Eclipse IDE for your development and explore what the many [http://www.eclipse.org/projects/listofprojects.php Eclipse projects] have to offer you. Let your interest areas guide you towards the projects that you find most interesting.
  
Don't wait too long to get directly involved with the community. The "newbie" [news://news.eclipse.org/eclipse.newcomer news group] is monitored by seasoned Eclipse users and developers who are happy to answer your questions. Be sure to read "[http://www.catb.org/%7Eesr/faqs/smart-questions.html How to Ask Questions The Smart Way]" by Eric Raymond and Rick Moen before you post; well formed questions tend to be answered while poorly worded ones are not. If you want to keep track of conversations occuring with the Eclipse community (primarily between developers), consider adding yourself to one or more [http://www.eclipse.org/mail/ mailing list]. Each project has its own mailing list. Some mailing lists (like [https://dev.eclipse.org/mailman/listinfo/cross-project-issues-dev cross-project-issues-dev]) span projects and are a good source of information concerning the integration of the various projects.  There are also several [[IRC]] channels relating to Eclipse where you can discuss Eclipse-related technologies, chat with the developers of Eclipse, and ask questions.
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Don't wait too long to get directly involved with the community. Here are some suggestions on ways to participate. Feel free to add your own ideas to the list.
  
Perhaps your most valuable resource as a member of the Eclipse community is [https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/ Bugzilla]. Bugzilla is your main interface to the developers; it is how you contribute directly to projects. As the name implies, Bugzilla is primarily used to report bugs. But it's used for more. You can request new features and even pose questions through Bugzilla (though questions are probably better suited for the news group). Be sure to read [http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/%7Esgtatham/bugs.html How to Report Bugs Effectively].
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*Ask questions in the [http://www.eclipse.org/forums/index.php?t=thread&frm_id=89&S=1db1efea1e722a0831f5b49b8e0fd8dc newcomer forum]. The forum is monitored by seasoned Eclipse users and developers who are happy to answer your questions.
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**Be sure to read "[http://www.catb.org/%7Eesr/faqs/smart-questions.html How To Ask Questions The Smart Way]" by Eric Raymond and Rick Moen before you post.
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**Well formed questions tend to be answered while poorly worded ones are not.
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*Contribute to conversations occurring within the Eclipse community (primarily between developers) by adding yourself to one or more [http://www.eclipse.org/mail/index_all.php mailing lists]. Each project has its own mailing list and there are some lists (like [https://dev.eclipse.org/mailman/listinfo/cross-project-issues-dev cross-project-issues-dev]) that span projects and provide a good source of information concerning the integration of various projects.
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*Use [[IRC]] channels related to Eclipse to discuss Eclipse-related technologies, chat with the developers of Eclipse and ask questions.
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*File bugs, request new features and pose questions through [https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/ Bugzilla].
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**Be sure to read [http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/%7Esgtatham/bugs.html How to Report Bugs Effectively] by Simon Tatham.
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**If you want to keep informed about the progress of bugs through the system, you can register (by configuring "User Watching" in the [https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/docs/html/userpreferences.html#emailsettings Email Settings]) to be notified when a bug is created or modified. This is a great way to be a "fly on the wall" as bugs are worked through the system. You can learn about the process while you learn about Eclipse just by watching these notes.
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*Participate in Eclipse's social media groups:
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**[http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Eclipse/259655700571 Facebook]
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**[http://www.linkedin.com/groups?mostPopular=&gid=36807 LinkedIn]
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**Twitter #eclipse
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**[https://www.xing.com/net/pric45b99x/eclipsefoundation/ Xing]
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*Attend [http://www.eclipse.org/community/events/ Eclipse events] or join a local IT event in your area and give a presentation on Eclipse.
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*Become a [http://eclipse.org/donate/ Friend of Eclipse] by donating financially.  Donations are used to provide services for the Eclipse community, like providing more bandwidth for users and committers, purchasing additional servers to host Eclipse projects, sending students to EclipseCon and sponsoring Eclipse community events.
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*Give your opinions and share advice by adding your Eclipse-related blog to [http://www.planeteclipse.org Planet Eclipse].
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*Create resources on Eclipse like demos, podcasts, videos or webinars and post them to [http://live.eclipse.org/ Eclipse Live].  Also, rate and comment on the resources others have posted.
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*Start your own project on [http://code.google.com/a/eclipselabs.org Eclipse Labs].
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*Eclipse Projects always need help with documentation. Once you're familiar enough with a project, contribute pages to the [http://wiki.eclipse.org Eclipse wiki].
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*It's great when people help by reporting bugs, but it's even better when they submit patches to fix them!  You can submit your fix via [https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/ Bugzilla].
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*If you are a university or college student, become an [http://eclipse.org/campus/ Eclipse Campus Ambassador].
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*Help translate Eclipse into other languages through the [https://babel.eclipse.org/babel/ Babel project].  You may also want to join a [http://wiki.eclipse.org/Regional_Communities Regional Eclipse Community] group where you can connect with others in your local area.
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*Tell people about the Eclipse solutions you like best by favourite-ing them and posting reviews on [http://marketplace.eclipse.org Eclipse Marketplace].
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*Tell your friends about Eclipse and help us spread the word!
  
If you want to keep informed about the progress of bugs through the system, you can register (by configuring "User Watching" in the [https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/docs/html/userpreferences.html#emailsettings Email Settings]) to be notified when a bug is created or modified. This is a great way to be a "fly on the wall" as bugs are worked through the system. You can learn about the process while you learn about Eclipse just by watching these notes.
 
 
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Revision as of 15:36, 11 November 2010

As an Eclipse user or developer, your first (and best) way to get involved with the community is to use the Eclipse IDE for your development and explore what the many Eclipse projects have to offer you. Let your interest areas guide you towards the projects that you find most interesting.

Don't wait too long to get directly involved with the community. Here are some suggestions on ways to participate. Feel free to add your own ideas to the list.

  • Ask questions in the newcomer forum. The forum is monitored by seasoned Eclipse users and developers who are happy to answer your questions.
    • Be sure to read "How To Ask Questions The Smart Way" by Eric Raymond and Rick Moen before you post.
    • Well formed questions tend to be answered while poorly worded ones are not.
  • Contribute to conversations occurring within the Eclipse community (primarily between developers) by adding yourself to one or more mailing lists. Each project has its own mailing list and there are some lists (like cross-project-issues-dev) that span projects and provide a good source of information concerning the integration of various projects.
  • Use IRC channels related to Eclipse to discuss Eclipse-related technologies, chat with the developers of Eclipse and ask questions.
  • File bugs, request new features and pose questions through Bugzilla.
    • Be sure to read How to Report Bugs Effectively by Simon Tatham.
    • If you want to keep informed about the progress of bugs through the system, you can register (by configuring "User Watching" in the Email Settings) to be notified when a bug is created or modified. This is a great way to be a "fly on the wall" as bugs are worked through the system. You can learn about the process while you learn about Eclipse just by watching these notes.
  • Attend Eclipse events or join a local IT event in your area and give a presentation on Eclipse.
  • Become a Friend of Eclipse by donating financially. Donations are used to provide services for the Eclipse community, like providing more bandwidth for users and committers, purchasing additional servers to host Eclipse projects, sending students to EclipseCon and sponsoring Eclipse community events.
  • Give your opinions and share advice by adding your Eclipse-related blog to Planet Eclipse.
  • Create resources on Eclipse like demos, podcasts, videos or webinars and post them to Eclipse Live. Also, rate and comment on the resources others have posted.
  • Eclipse Projects always need help with documentation. Once you're familiar enough with a project, contribute pages to the Eclipse wiki.
  • It's great when people help by reporting bugs, but it's even better when they submit patches to fix them! You can submit your fix via Bugzilla.
  • Tell people about the Eclipse solutions you like best by favourite-ing them and posting reviews on Eclipse Marketplace.
  • Tell your friends about Eclipse and help us spread the word!