Novice Java Coder - How would I contibut to an OSS please?


I am a novice Java programmer and wanted to contribute to an OSS Project.

Does anyone have a suggestion of a project or the best way to pick one / where to go to do this?



Hi @craigburrow404,

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Andrea G has a ‘search’ entry in the upper left corner. Entering “java” returns 1.4M results.

You’d be better off to decide what kind of project would interest you - a game, toy, web, enterprise app, etc. Then perform a search which would return the kind of project, then filter that result set based on “java” as the language.

Also on there is an “issues” link. If you go there and type “help-wanted java” you might find some projects in Java where they are looking for help addressing an issue.

Once you have some possible candidates, you will want to look for other criteria. E.g. if the project is helpful to new contributors - look for a “contributing” file. Looking at the activity level for a project will tell you the popularity of a project. Look for info on building, getting started, tutorials, etc. [Or volunteer to write them if they’re missing!]

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