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Thank you!

Before anything else, thank you. Thank you for taking some of your precious time helping this project move forward.

This guide will help you get started with Apache MetaModel's development environment. You'll also find the set of rules you're expected to follow in order to submit improvements and fixes to Apache MetaModel.

Starter issues to work on

If you're looking for a relevant issue to work on, we suggest you to do the following:

Build the code

Fork and clone the repository:

> git clone MetaModel

Try your first build:

> cd MetaModel
> mvn clean install

Report issues and ideas

Please use our JIRA system to report issues and ideas that you might work on. This is a great way to bounce ideas and get input to your contributions.

Submitting your patch

When submitting your patch, keep in mind that it should be easy for others to review. For this reason we have two preferred ways to submit a patch - you can select the approach that fits you the best:

About tests

Your patches receive extra points if there's a good set of unittests with it. It's important to ensure that any non-trivial part of our project is well covered with tests.

By default the build will include all self-contained tests, including some quick integration tests to embedded databases like H2, Derby, HSQLDB etc.

Some tests have external dependencies to running servers etc. Those tests can be configured by adding a file called to your local user's home folder. You can take a look at the file to see which properties are available in order to configure the external server connections.

Coding guidelines

If you plan on submitting code, read this carefully. Please note it is not yet complete.

We stick to the Google Java Style Guide, with a few modifications/exceptions:

  • We often prefix instance variables with an underscore (_). This to easily distinguish between method local and instance variables, as well as avoiding the overuse of the 'this' keyword in e.g. setter methods.
  • We format indentation using spaces, not tabs. We use 4 spaces for each indentation.
  • We format line wrapping using a desired max line length of 120 characters.