e4

First Non-Code Based Contribution to Eclipse?

Jessica Thornsby

Manitoba Students contribute documentation for the e4 project.

Students from the University of Manitoba are helping to write
the documentation for e4, in collaboration with the general Eclipse
community.

This project aims to refine a process for creating Eclipse 4
Core Application Services documentation. Once this process is in
place, the team plan to begin documenting services.

The students have conducted one hour long phone meetings with
the developers of the service, where they learn the purpose and the
structure of the service, before turning their new found knowledge
into documentation, which is then published at the e4
wiki
.

“This was one of if not the first time the Eclipse foundation
has received community contributions that are not code based. We
hope that our experiences are able to serve as a guide for others
looking to contribute in similar fashion in the future………. we
have shown it can be done!” reads the wiki.

The project is part of a fourth year technical communications
course in the University of Manitoba’s Computer Science
program.

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