Call for Discussion: New Project: Developer's Guide

Jesper Wilhelmsson jesper.wilhelmsson at
Mon Mar 30 23:30:58 UTC 2020

Hi Mohammed.

I'm happy to hear that you are interested in this project. The next step is the vote that has been initiated now. All Members of the OpenJDK have a vote and if they approve to creating the project it will be created. Once the project is in place we can start discussing the future.


> On 29 Mar 2020, at 11:43, Mohammed Al-Moayed <mohammed.moayed at> wrote:
> Hi All
> I am interested to be part of this.
> Please, let me know next steps
> Regards
> Mohammed Almo
>> On Mar 12, 2020, at 2:51 AM, Jesper Wilhelmsson <jesper.wilhelmsson at> 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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