On what issues could I help clean up for JDK 9

Patrick Reinhart patrick at reini.net
Fri Dec 2 21:35:20 UTC 2016

It’s a bit disappointing answer after all. 

All you get told on the various Presentations is that „we need you“, but when you actually try to help there seem’s to be nobody that actually want’s to mentor new contributors. I know that a new contributors should prove in a some way that they are willing to do more than one contribution. But on the other hand if I ask for help, I should also do some investment on my side.

The main reason for keeping me on trying to help is the nice response of a couple guys like you Stephen, Stuart Marks, Mandy Chung and Paul Sandoz to just name a few that actually took the time to help me going.

I read the post [1] but only pointing to documentation only seems to me not be mentoring

For me it looks like: 

„We are so busy working, that we got not time to help new guys in getting in shape, to take over some of the work“


[1] http://mail.openjdk.java.net/pipermail/adoption-discuss/2016-August/001422.html

> Am 02.12.2016 um 17:13 schrieb Stephen Colebourne <scolebourne at joda.org>:
> This advice reads as "go bother some other mailing list, we're too
> busy doing important things". Essentially it ensures that there will
> be no new contributors to the JDK (core-libs) because they have all
> been sent elsewhere.
> Stephen
> On 2 December 2016 at 15:08, dalibor topic <dalibor.topic at oracle.com> wrote:
>> Community-wide 'starter issues' are a better idea in theory, then they are
>> in practice.
>> Typically the theory behind them is to mark some low priority issues for
>> someone else to fix. But in practice, not all low priority fixes are welcome
>> at all times. See
>> http://mail.openjdk.java.net/pipermail/adoption-discuss/2016-August/001422.html
>> for a longer explanation why that's the case.
>> In practice, it's a better idea to focus new contributors' attention not on
>> what they can do for the large projects with schedules, processes and all
>> that good, complicated stuff that enables releases to happen, like JDK 9 or
>> JDK 8 Updates, but on what they can do in the projects that are in a more
>> exploratory phase, such as Valhalla. Beside exploration of new ideas being
>> more fun for new contributors, they are also often eager for the kind of
>> feedback on the new ideas and designs, that comes from playing with the new
>> toys and often enough, breaking them in interesting ways.
>> cheers,
>> dalibor topic
>> On 02.12.2016 13:53, Patrick Reinhart wrote:
>>> What was the outcome of that discussion?
>>> I seem to miss that one. My question comes from the past presentation I
>>> gave about contributing to the OpenJDK. And one of the main things was not
>>> only to do some local hacking but instead try to solve some small issues,
>>> that else would not be fixed because of other more important things.
>>> -Patrick
>>>> Am 02.12.2016 um 11:45 schrieb Martijn Verburg
>>>> <martijnverburg at gmail.com>:
>>>> There's no JBS query that I know of (I think in the distant past we
>>>> discussed adding a low hanging fruit 'Duke' tag?).
>>>> Cheers,
>>>> Martijn
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