Call for Discussion: New Project: Developer's Guide

Jonathan Gibbons jonathan.gibbons at
Thu Mar 12 00:30:17 UTC 2020


This is a great idea. Thanks for starting the discussion.

The Compiler Group is pleased to sponsor such a Project.

-- Jon

On 03/11/2020 04:51 PM, Jesper Wilhelmsson wrote:
> Hi.
> I would like to discuss the possible creation of the Developer's Guide Project
> with myself, Jesper Wilhelmsson, as the lead and the Core-Libs, Compiler, and
> Hotspot groups as the sponsoring Groups.
> The initial goal of the project would be to create up-to-date guidelines for
> OpenJDK development and contributions. The intent is to update the existing
> OpenJDK Developer's Guide [1] which hasn't been updated since 2012. Parts of
> the existing guide are in need of updates while other parts are yet to be
> written. The initial source code for this project will be based on the current
> OpenJDK Developer's Guide.
> In more recent years some process related information has been published on the
> OpenJDK wiki [2], but this information was never reviewed or approved by the
> community. Even though large parts of this information may be accurate, it needs
> to go through proper review before it can be seen as official guidelines for
> OpenJDK development.
> Once the initial goal has been reached the project will transition into a
> maintenance project to keep the OpenJDK Developer's Guide up to date.
> The OpenJDK Developer's Guide is intended to contain tutorial style texts that
> give examples and step-by-step directions for common parts of the development
> process. Strict rules for OpenJDK development are better suited to a process
> JEP. The development of such a JEP is outside of the scope of this project but
> will be developed as part of a separate effort in parallel.
> Initial committers of the Developer's Guide Project include Mark Reinhold, Iris
> Clark, and Jesper Wilhelmsson. Additional committers may be identified through
> this discussion.
> The project will host at least one mailing list, guide-dev at,
> for discussions and reviews of changes.
> Thanks,
> /Jesper
> [1]
> [2]

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