Contributing to Mustang: Waiting on a fax reply
If you're new to this particular blog thread, let me review. First, Sun has invited everyone to participate in Mustang development. Take a look at the java.sun.com site...invitations everywhere to participate. Second, I'm experimenting with the invitation in public via this blog. I'm following the steps to become a contributor to the Mustang project. Third, hopefully I'll be able to submit a bug fix that gets included in the Mustang product...that's the goal!
So...where were we in this process? I'm at the "fax in your signed contributor agreement" step. I sent off the fax today at 2:45 PM PST. At some point I should get a response (by email?) that says I'm now able to promote myself to "contributor" status on the java.net site.
In the meantime, I have some excellent news. Dr. Cay Horstmann, author of Core Java Vol 1 and Vol 2, has agreed to help me in my Mustang experiment. In a response to my previous blog, Dr. Horstman mentioned that he had several bug fixes that he'd like to contribute. However, he apparently hasn't had a lot of success getting Sun's attention with a previous bug fix. I realized that I didn't need to search for any new bugs to fix while he had already discovered and fixed several. When I asked if he'd like to participate in my very visible, public experiment, he graciously agreed. Thanks, Dr. Horstmann, I hope we're successful!