There are many ways you can get involved in CXF:

1. Participate on the mailing lists. Propose ideas. Comment on others ideas.
2. Look at the open JIRA issues
3. Provide feedback on the current code
4. Take a look at some of the ideas below

Coding ideas for CXF newcomers

There are many interesting areas of CXF that you could potentially work on. Some ideas:

  • WS-Context & Session support
  • An invoker for Ode which uses CXF
  • A HTML Form based "tester" for WebServices
  • XMPP/Jabber transport
  • Increasing unit test coverage. Adding unit tests for areas that are not covered by current test cases is always valuable to the project.
  • Support for Web Service Definition Language (WSDL) 2.0
  • Castor databinding
  • Other WS-* support; e.g., Quality of Service (WS-Atomic Transactions and WS-Coordination), bootstrapping (WS-MetaDataExchange), WS-BusinessActivity, WS-Eventing and WS-Transfer
  • See the Roadmap and jump in and help

How to submit patch

  • Check out code from Source Repository
  • Make your changes, test, and build successfully
  • Make sure you add new files to git before creating the patch
  • Generate patch using "git diff HEAD > my.patch" or via a "git format-patch"
  • Open a Jira issue and attach the patch.txt file to the issue

Alternative method:

  • Fork the project on GitHub:  https://github.com/apache/cxf
  • Commit any changes to your fork.  It's suggested that if this is targeting a JIRA issue, add  [CXF-####] to the commit comment
  • Submit a pull request through GitHub's normal pull request mechanism

How to apply a patch

  • patch -E -p1 < my.patch

Becoming a committer

  • First off, read about How the ASF works. Most importantly, the sections on Meritocracy and Roles. That provides a bit of background.
  • The important part is that you need to earn the right to be a committer, it's not something we'll give you just because your name is James Gosling. To earn the right, you need to get involved. (see top section above)
  • If you become involved, participate in email discussions, submit patches, etc... the current devs may invite you to become a committer through a vote. If the vote passes, that will trigger a bunch of things such as submitting a CLA, creating accounts, etc....

Hint: submitting patches to Jira issues is the best way. It shows that you are digging into the code, are following best practices, writing tests, etc.... It also annoys the developers to constantly have to review patches and if your patches are all acceptable, they'll start the process to grant committership just to stop having to review patches. (smile)