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From Filip Hanik - Dev Lists <>
Subject Re: New Contributor Introduction & Initial Proposal for Contribution
Date Fri, 12 Oct 2007 19:52:05 GMT
Hi Paul, welcome!

It's good news and we always welcome new ideas and new contributions.

Let me address your building issue first, building is quite easy.

Requirements: ant, java 1.5

1. check out SVN directory
svn co

2. download deps
cd trunk
ant download

3. build

The question about maven has been around, last time it was brought up 
the community wasn't too keen on it, the ant is so simple and easy to 
maintain. I've seen other projects always spend vast amount of times 
just trying to get their maven stuff to work, we've never really had 
that problem with ant. It's simply too simple to screw up :)
What I would do, is start an email thread where you poll the interest 
for such contribution before you spend the time on it.

In terms of contribution, everyone pretty much works on the area of 
their own interest.
A good place to start is the bug database, and submit patches to the 
bugzilla database.
for example

have fun digging around, just let us know if you need more help


Paul Shemansky wrote:
> Fellow Developers,
> I am new to this group, and I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself. I
> have been a Java developer since 2001, and an open source advocate since the
> mid-90s. It would be an honor to volunteer a part of my time to work on
> several Apache projects which I have found to be vital to my career.
> Therefore, today, 10/12/2007, I faxed my signed Contributor License
> Agreement to the Apache Software Foundation.
> I will be continuing my adventure through the "New Contributor" sections of
> the Apache site, and would like to get acquainted with contributing to the
> Tomcat project, first and foremost. I humbly request any help that any of
> you may be able to provide, and I ask that you to bear with me while I
> attempt to get my feet wet here.
> With that being said, I eagerly checked-out the source code and followed the
> BUILDING.txt file's instructions. Unfortunately, my build is failing due to
> dependency issues. Therefore, at first glance, I realized that one of the
> first things that I would love to contribute is the full Mavenization (M10N)
> of the Tomcat build process. Please let me know if this is already in
> discussion. If it is not, please let me know how I may proceed.
> I look forward to working with all of you.
> Sincerely,
> Paul Shemansky
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