How to Contribute
XStream is nothing without contributions from the user community. There are many ways to contribute. We are constantly working on the software and documentation, so it's a good idea to contact the team on the user or development mailing lists to avoid duplicating effort.
One of the traditional weak points of open source software is the documentation. Any help with this aspect of the project will be welcomed with open arms, or at the very least with open email clients!
We are working on one or two examples of using XStream, but we can always do with more.
We eat our own dogfood, but we're also happy to feed other people's dogs (if you'll excuse
dachshund metaphor!). If you want to request a new feature you can either
make a request through the issue tracker or by sending a message to the
development mailing list. The benefit of any new features
will be discussed on the mailing list, so its a good idea to sign up so that you can stick your oar in.
If you want lots of brownie points, send a fix along with your bug report and failing unit test. Bug fixes are best sent as patches that we can apply to the codebase. Remember to tell us which version the patch should be applied against, or we'll get very confused. To be accepted into the codebase, patches must be released under the same license as XStream itself.
If you have a new feature request, then we'll listen extra hard if you show us how it works. A new feature might be best implemented as a patch to an existing class or as a new class. The XStream API contains many extension points that allow new functionality to be integrated into the framework. We are rather anal about testing, so if you send us some code without any tests we will probably ask you to write the tests tests as well before we add it to the codebase.
Write Your Own XStream Extension
If you have a project that builds upon XStream we will be happy to announce your project on the XStream site.
Become a Committer
We follow the Codehaus manifesto when it comes to expanding the core team.