Contributing the the Eclipse platform UI project in 4 simple steps

Some people claim it is relatively hard to contribute code to an Eclipse platform project (without Oomph). But even without additional tooling is actually very easy to setup the necessary configuration to contribute to Eclipse platform UI.

Here are the necessary steps:

Create and configure an Eclipse user
Clone the Eclipse platform UI repo
Configure your Eclipse workspace
Make a change and publish it

If I put these instructions on A4 paper, they take 5 pages, including lots of screenshots.

Based on our experience during Eclipse Hamburg Hackathons, this setup usually takes less then 10 minutes for an unexperienced users, plus the time you need to clone the Git repo.

This setup used to be more complex in the past but we constantly work on making it simpler. Also a big thanks to the Eclipse Git tooling project which makes the configuration as seamless as possible.

About Lars Vogel

Lars Vogel is the founder and CEO of the vogella GmbH and works as Eclipse and Android consultant, trainer and book author. He is a regular speaker at international conferences, He is the primary author of vogella.com. With more than one million visitors per month this website is one of the central sources for Java, Eclipse and Android programming information.
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