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How to Help

The Jikes RVM project aims to provide a high-quality state-of-the-art open-source infrastructure for programming language research. Of course, this requires a significant investment in system maintenance and enhancement, to keep the system running on new environments and to keep up with the latest innovations in language design and implementation practice.

Feedback and contributions from the research community are the indispensable, invaluable resource that will ensure the project’s continued success. Please help to improve some aspect of the system; no improvement is too small or too simple! The more volunteers can contribute, the better the system will serve the research community, resulting in faster and more solid research results. It is also a great help to the community if you contribute your code to the research archive.

How can you help Jikes RVM?

Jikes RVM is a fairly large, complex, and perhaps intimidating system. However, there are many to-do items which don’t require extensive Jikes RVM expertise.

This page highlights a selection of low-hanging fruit for potential contributions. This list is of course nowhere near comprehensive, but exists just as a sampling of potential activities.

Note that most of the tasks on this page are related to code in some way or another: we currently do not have any tasks for people interested in marketing, translations or graphic design. If you think that the project would benefit from a contribution in this area (or any other area that is not named here), do not hesitate to contact us on the mailing lists.

Additional ideas that require code contributions are listed on a separate page.

All contributions to Jikes RVM are managed in our JIRA-based issue tracker.

Please let us know if the list below is out-of-date by entering a bug against the website.

Some low-hanging fruit in no particular order