We want it to be as easy as possible for developers to build great software in C#. Being part of an open source project means more than just writing code — there are many ways that you can contribute. Since all the source code for the Xamarin SDK is open, it's possible to get deeply involved, both in tracking down issues and making significant product changes. Alternatively, taking 5 mins to report an issue is also valuable.
There are a few basic approaches to contributing:
If you get stuck while contributing to Xamarin please feel free to reach out to the developers on the mailing lists or chat.
We encourage developers to use our software and help us make it a stable, feature complete and reliable system. In order to achieve that goal, we ask you to report bugs as you find them.
Writing a good bug report helps our developers (and other contributors!) figure out where a problem exists and improves the likelihood your bug will get fixed quickly.
Great bug reports:
If any dependencies are required to reproduce your bug, please include information about where to download the correct versions of required dependencies.
One of the most helpful resources for a developer attempting to fix a bug is to start with a great bug report. You can help the Xamarin community by improving bug reports with small, self-contained samples that demonstrate a problem, or by providing additional information where the info listed on the bug isn’t enough to reproduce.
Often, developers leave out information that’s “obvious” to them but not to someone else. Try to find out which additional steps are needed and add this to existing bug reports. If you see a bug that’s already been reported before, you can mention that in a comment and we’ll close the bug as a duplicate. These steps make the bug list more manageable. Here is an example of a good report.