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Many forms of contributions

There are very different ways how you can contribute and some of them are very easy.  We even consider just complaining a good contribution ;-)   As it's always good to know where we can improve.  If you indicate a constructive proposal of how we could improve it, even better.  If you actually supply create a patch pull request and a unit test as part of a jira issue, then becomes very simple for us to evaluate and accept a requestthat's even better.

If you have an idea for a real code contribution, just follow these the steps below.   We grant access very easy to work out your ideas in a branch.

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In the community web page, it is explained where and how to setup your accounts.  

2) Request to become a developer

In the activiti page on codehaus, Search in the left menu for 'Membership'. And click on 'Apply to join as a Developer'. Then give me a ping by email as I don't get notified automatically yet.

3) Sign a contributor agreement

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Signing a contributor agreement

In order for us to be able to accept your contributions, we need you to sign a contributor agreement.  Download, print, sign, scan an individual contributor agreement.  Then send the signed scan to t o m ATal fres co dot c o m or jor am aTal fre co dot co om

4) Guidelines

If in doubt or you want to get guidance, discuss on the developer forum. The more you indicate you know what is going on, the more serious we take your opinions.

Check out the calendar.  Be aware of our release cycle.  And check the concrete dates related to the releases in the calendar.

Create issues in our jira issues repository for tijs.rademakers AT alfresco dot com.

2) Guidelines

The 2 most important communication channels with the team are the developer forum and our jira issues repository.

Create an issue in our jira issues repository or comment on an existing issue for the work that you plan to commit.  

Get agreement from the project lead on a jira issue in the form of a confirmation comment that you can go ahead and commit work related to the jira issue.

Before you commit Explain what you plan to do and ask for feedback.

You can propose contributions by forking the activiti repository in your personal github space and then creating a pull request.

Check out http://www.jorambarrez.be/blog/2012/09/24/how-to-write-a-unit-test/ It explains how to write a unit test for a contribution.  When you supply a unit test, it greatly enhances the chance of your contributions to be accepted.

Before you submit a pull request, always run mvn -Pcheck clean install and only commit if that succeedsAlways add the jira issue number in the commit messageensure it runs fine.  It's good if you indicate that you've ran this successfully.