I’d imagine that some of you Eclipsepedia users out there may be familiar with the ‘Infobox‘ template. It’s featured prominently on a couple of project wiki pages like PDE, Equinox, and ECF. I’ve recently added a new ‘Contribute’ section for people to add a link to their repository on ViewVC and to their project’s PSF. The usage of the new ‘viewvc’ and ‘psf’ attributes are described on the template’s page so I’m not going to reiterate it here.
The primary driver behind this new addition was that Rob was having problems locating the source code to PDE. From what I understand, PDE recently moved its assets over to a new
pde/ folder under
/cvsroot/eclipse and was apparently causing grief for people that were unaware of the move (as they were now seeing duplicate projects in CVS). I offered to help Rob by locating a PSF for PDE for him.
Much to my surprise, I didn’t get anywhere after snooping around the wiki and at www.eclipse.org/pde. This sounded like a good excuse to make Chris’s inbox even bigger than it already is as payback for the abuse I was dealt during GSOC 2006 so I quickly shot him an email inquiring about the whereabouts of PDE’s elusive PSF. Chris replied and I systematically forwarded the information over to Rob. Based on Rob’s “Hey, thanks. You learn something every day.” and “Wow, that’s excellent.”, I think we just might have a PDE contributor in the making here. :)
So, what better way is there to encourage contributions from the community than to give them a one-stop (and *cough* consistent *cough*) location for checking out an Eclipse project’s source code? Update your wiki pages today and use the template to help promote and attract contributions from the community!