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From Kathey Marsden <kmarsdende...@sbcglobal.net>
Subject Re: Hi derby dev
Date Wed, 02 Feb 2011 17:19:33 GMT
On 2/1/2011 10:26 PM, hareendra seneviratne wrote:
> Hi,
> Can some one help me to find a issue on which I can work on with 
> little experience in JDBC? I need a friendly mentor who can guide me 
> throughout the process.

Hello Hareendra,

Rick is right that the derby-dev list and  comments in Jira are the best 
form of technical interaction and community mentoring, but I do think it 
is helpful sometimes to have someone specific help you choose issues, 
learn about the flow of the community and  how to work in the Apache 
environment.  I am hoping someone will volunteer to help you n this role 
as I am currently working with Siddharth, but I and I am sure the whole 
community are happy to help until we find you someone specific.

In addition to the resources Rick listed you may want to join the #derby 
IRC channel when you are working on Derby.  There are typically people 
from all time zones there to help. Do make sure any technical 
discussions held there are summarized to the list.


I iusually recommend as a first step that you do the Derby tutorial and 
just use the download from the website as some of the documented 
configuration doesn't make sense in the context of a development build.

Next look at the Derby contributor checklist, read and submit your 
ICLA.   Instead of fax or snail mail, you can email this to 

Next,  build and and run tests using the instructions Rick provided and 
setup an IDE. I use Eclipse.  Some people I know use NetBeans.  Tiago 
made a great screencast on setup your environment with Eclipse.

Next,  choose a very simple issue and assign yourself to it.  Then you 
can follow and understand the full development cycle from  making source 
changes to commit.    I would recommend 
https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/DERBY-1016 . There was some back 
and forth on behavior, but that is all settled now and the patch should 
be easy. Please make an account for yourself in Jira and send it to the 
list so someone can add you to the developers list and you can assign 
yourself to the issue.

Perhaps you can tell us a little bit about your skills and background 
and also what type of time commitment you would like to make to Derby so 
we can recommend next steps.  It would be good also to know what your 
goals are. Are you preparing to apply for GSOC,  doing this as part of 
your course work or is it just personal interest.

Again Welcome!


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