Contributing Code to MySQL -- Some Simple Guidelines

If you would like to contribute to MySQL development, you can read the relevant top-level page on the MySQL Forge.

This page has some useful links to various forms of contributing to MySQL, including contribution of code to MySQL. (The MySQL|Sun team have recently simplified some of these pages in order to make them more useful to community members and potential contributors.)

Note that after some simple paperwork submitted to Sun ("Sun Contributor Agreement" or "SCA"), any signatory can contribute to any Sun-sponsored open-source project, including to MySQL.

It is a common parctice to require initial paperwork to clarify rights to the contributed work. This practice is also used by other open-source communities such as the Apache Software Foundation.

It is worth quoting, from the the master document, that

As we gain more experience, absorb more contributions and receive feedback from the contributors, please expect some modifications to the contribution system described here.

Comments:

Masood - thanks for that info.
Note: the last sentence (about it never being that easy) is a historical incorrectness. You can't really claim that.

Posted by Arjen Lentz on February 14, 2009 at 05:36 AM PST #

You're absolutely right. So, I removed the last sentence. It used to say this: "I think it has never been this easy to join the community and to contribute code to MySQL." As you say, this is an exaggeration. Obviously, when MySQL was a simpler product and early in its development, it was certainly easier to contribute to it. (I should have bound my claim in time. Instead, I'm just removing it.)

Posted by M. Mortazavi on February 14, 2009 at 04:49 PM PST #

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