Call for Discussion: New Project: Developer's Guide

Jesper Wilhelmsson jesper.wilhelmsson at
Thu Mar 12 18:24:24 UTC 2020

Thank you for your support Vladimir!

> On 12 Mar 2020, at 19:12, Vladimir Kozlov <vladimir.kozlov at> wrote:
> Finally we can collect information spread all over internet in one place!
> The HotSpot group will gladly participate in sponsoring this project.
> Regards,
> Vladimir Kozlov
> On 3/11/20 4:51 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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