Group Proposal, for discussion: IDE & Tooling support

Thomas Stüfe thomas.stuefe at
Fri Mar 8 02:43:04 UTC 2019

Hi Maurizio,

Thank you for doing this, this has been needed for a long time.

Cheers, Thomas

On Fri 1. Mar 2019 at 17:28, Maurizio Cimadamore <
maurizio.cimadamore at> wrote:

> (This is not a call for votes; it is just a call for discussion.)
> At the last OpenJDK Committer Workshop in Brussels, we agreed to set up
> some channel in which to discuss issues related to OpenJDK tooling, and,
> more specifically IDE support. We already have pretty comprehensive
> support for OpenJDK development in both IntelliJ and Netbeans, but the
> main, long standing problem has been one of lack of adequate
> communication and coordination between these various efforts, which
> often led (frustrated) developers to the path of "I'll write my own
> support".
> The goal of this group is, first and foremost, to extensively document
> the alternatives that are already available at present, as well as to
> capture discussions related to tooling support which are currently
> scattered among many mailing list (compiler-dev, jtreg-dev, build-dev).
> After some internal discussions, it feels like proposing a group is the
> right thing to do because: (i) a group automatically gets a mailing list
> and a page on - which can be useful for communicating
> within the group and also for publishing the much needed documentation;
> also (ii) a group is not tied to any specific set of deliverables
> (unlike, say, an OpenJDK project), which feels right in this case, as
> IDE support is likely to be a recurring activity.
> We want OpenJDK to be a welcoming place for developers, and I feel that
> improving IDE/tooling support plays a crucial role in reducing the
> activation energy required to start hacking on the OpenJDK codebase.
> Thoughts?
> Cheers
> Maurizio

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