How Can I Help?

Thank you for visiting this page. This hopefully means you are interested in helping us making #develop an even better Open Source IDE. Now you want to know how to go about it, great!

Here you go:

  • Report Bugs. Please read the essay on bug reporting best practices we linked in the forum first. A bug report stating something like 'The #develop Forms Designer doesn't work on my computer' will not be of any help.
  • Submit Patches. #develop is quite a big piece of code by now, small bugs that can be easily fixed therefore are unavoidable. If you find such a bug and fix it, please contact us in the Bug reporting forum first. If the fix/patch exceeds a size of about eight lines of code, please sign the Joint Copyright Agreement you can find here. The reason for this JCA is simple: protection for you and us from legal issues (e.g. patent infringement suits). The copyright is shared between you and our sponsor AlphaSierraPapa which will provide legal insurance should a legal challenge be raised. However, you are still free to use your contributed code in your own projects as well.
  • Write Documentation. We are aware that writing documentation is tedious. If however you want to help with this, you have two options available: contribute to the wiki or contact Bernhard for information on how to contribute more elaborate material.
  • Contribute Code or AddIns. We always need contributions that go beyond bug fixes. Perhaps you want to use a different compiler? Or you want to 'adopt' a feature that you need, but which hasn't been updated recently? Then feel free to look around in the wiki and be inspired to do some nifty code. Please contact Mike at the address mentioned above when you found something you like.

If you want to support our efforts without contributing to #develop itself, you can do so, too:

  • Buy our merchandise. We have a store online where you can buy stuff to show you are proud to use #develop.
  • Donate via PayPal.
  • If you want to sponsor a feature, please contact us.


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