Apache Mnemonic project developed by Java and C/C++ languages. Like any other Apache open source project, we have several ways to contribute to the project. Some of which are documentation improvements, code reviews, code changes, helping users on mailing lists, helping in release candidate testing, etc.

To become an effective contributor, we can follow certain guidelines for each of these contribution catogeries mentioned above. Let's go through the following sections for more details.

Documentation Changes

For any new contributor to the project, we strongly encourage to go through the documentation for better understanding the project. We can find the documentation from the Mnemonic website.

Note: this site is under construction at this stage, soon it will be active.

While going through the documentation, you may find some improvements/suggestion to the documentation. When you find these changes, please raise a JIRA ticket and if you want to fix it your won, we welcome you to create a pull request against trunk and submit it to JIRA.

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Code Reviews

Apache Mnemonic project code contributions will be submitted via pull requests and these pull request link will be commented in JIRA. Any one can comment on these JIRA issues or pull request. Once you get the architectural understanding, you may be helpful in reviewing other contributor patches. Feel free to provide your feedbacks on other contributor patches on pull request or in JIRA.

These comments can be pointing out issues, questions, style issues, typos etc. Involving in reviews will help better understanding various code paths, process of code contributions, and help more bonding with other contributions.

Not only code logic changes, you can also focus on following type of issues:

Code Changes

Generally for code changes, contributor should have gained enough knowledge on the code base to change the code. Documentation would be the best first source for getting better understanding the system. 

For code changes, contributors need to clone the repository to local machines. Since we follow the contributions via the git pull request method we need to follow certain steps.

Helping Users/Developers On Mailing Lists

While using the Apache Mnemonic, users may get some questions/issues. We have mailing lists to discuss such questions or issues. After the discussions, if community concluded that as issue on code base, you can raise a JIRA ticket and track. If they are purely questions, then you may get replies from other users or developers.

To get involved in mailing lists, here you need to subscribe: dev , commits

Helping On Testing Release Candidates

All users/developers are encouraged to register to dev mailing list for getting announcement or vote about release candidates. User/contributors can help to test releases with their use cases and workloads. If you felt happy with the release candidate after testing, you can leave the feedback in mail list. You can also report issues if you find any while testing.