Contributing Guide

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Hola amigo! I'm excited that you are interested in contributing to BoxLang. Before submitting your contribution, please make sure to take a moment and read through the following guidelines:

Code Of Conduct

This project is open source, and as such, the maintainers give their free time to build and maintain the source code held within. They make the code freely available in the hope that it will be useful to other developers and/or businesses. Your contributions are crucial in maintaining the integrity of BoxLang. Be considerate towards maintainers when raising issues or presenting pull requests. We all follow the Golden Rule: Do to others as you want them to do to you.

  • As contributors and maintainers of this project, we pledge to respect all people who contribute through reporting issues, posting feature requests, updating documentation, submitting pull requests or patches, and other activities.

  • Participants will be tolerant of opposing views.

  • Examples of unacceptable behavior by participants include the use of sexual language or imagery, derogatory comments or personal attacks, trolling, public or private harassment, insults, or other unprofessional conduct.

  • Project maintainers have the right and responsibility to remove, edit, or reject comments, commits, code, wiki edits, issues, and other contributions not aligned with this Code of Conduct. Project maintainers who do not follow the Code of Conduct may be removed from the project team.

  • When interpreting the words and actions of others, participants should always assume good intentions. Emotions cannot be derived from textual representations.

  • Instances of abusive, harassing, or otherwise unacceptable behavior may be reported by opening an issue or contacting one or more project maintainers.

Bug Reporting

Please link it to the appropriate issue if you submit a pull request.

If you file a bug report, your issue should contain a title, a clear description of the issue, a way to replicate the issue, and any support files we might need to replicate your issue. The goal of a bug report is to make it easy for yourself - and others - to replicate the bug and develop a fix for it. Not all issues that do not contain a way to replicate will be addressed.

Support Questions

If you have questions about usage, professional support, or ideas to bounce off the maintainers, please do not create an issue. Leverage our support channels first.

Pull Request Guidelines

  • The master branch is just a snapshot of the latest stable release. All development should be done in dedicated branches. Do not submit PRs against the master branch. They will be closed.

  • All pull requests should be sent against the development branch or the LTS version branch releases/v{version}

  • It's OK to have multiple small commits as you work on the PR - GitHub will automatically squash it before merging.

  • Make sure all local tests pass before submitting the merge.

  • Please make sure all your pull requests have companion tests.

  • Please link the Jira issue in your PR title when sending the final PR

Security Vulnerabilities

If you discover a security vulnerability, please email the development team at and report it to the #security channel in our Box Team Slack Channel. All security vulnerabilities will be promptly addressed.

JDK Compatibility

Please make sure your code runs on JDK 21+

Financial Contributions

You can support BoxLang and all of our Open Source initiatives at Ortus Solutions by becoming a Patreon. You can also get lots of goodies and services depending on the level of contributions.

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