Get Involved

Using JBoss Community projects is a great way to build real-world enterprise applications based on the latest technologies. But what if you find something that needs fixing or have a new feature to suggest? By getting involved with the project communities you can give feedback, improve the docs, review code and submit patches/new features whenever they're needed. Answering user questions or taking part in development discussions is also a great way to build a reputation for collaboration and expertise in your field.

No matter what your skill level, contributing to projects can be very rewarding and a great learning experience. You'll meet lots of smart, passionate developers who are all driven to create the best middleware possible in open source! You don't have to be an expert to get involved and it doesn't have to take a lot of time. Here are some different ways you can help to make things better.

Write a Blog

We're always interested in hearing how you're using JBoss Community projects to build your applications. You can create a personal blog anytime or you aggregate an existing one into our Planet.

Test Upcoming Releases

Finding bugs prior to a final release is the best way to ensure the next version of a project does what you need. Try out the latest alpha, beta or candidate releases and let us know if you find anything that needs fixing using our Issue Tracker.

Create Documentation

There's nothing better than well written, up-to date documentation that makes you productive in no time. If you see something missing or just want to correct a mistake use our project documentation editor to make changes instantly. You can also add articles to the wiki to highlight tips and tricks.

Help Users

Providing support to users is a great way to collaborate and give back to the community. Lots of questions are asked and answered each day in the forums or on StackOverflow using tags such as jboss and hibernate.

Submit Patches/New Features

These days many projects have moved from our Subversion repos to GitHub providing additional functionality to fork the code and submit changes via pull requests. Whichever method you use take a look in our Issue Tracker to see if anything interests you, or pick an issue you've created, and see if you can submit a patch or new feature implementation. If this is your first time you'll need to sign a Contributor License Agreement but it only takes a couple of minutes.

Report Issues

User feedback is a critical part of the open source development process. If you find a bug or have suggestions for an enhancement or new feature go ahead and report it in our Issue Tracker.

Review Code

It's easy to get lost in the detail so sometimes a step back is required to see the full picture. Performing a code review helps reveal general areas for improvement whether it be programming style or adding comments to describe what's going on.

Translate Documentation

If English isn't your natural language you may want to read documentation in your own language. To cover as many languages as possible we encourage people to contribute translations whenever they can.

Discuss Future Development

If you're involved in a particular project and want to have a say in its future development you can talk with the project team on IRC or via the dev forums/mailing lists to have your voice heard.

Join a User Group

Meeting people in your local area with similar interests in JBoss Community projects can be a great way to share tips and tricks and make new friends. Take a look at the growing number of User Groups to see if there's one near you. If you don't find one you can always create one!