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GRASS - Geographic Resources Analysis Support System has been under continual development since 1982 and has involved a large number of federal US agencies, universities, and private companies. The core components of GRASS and the management of the integration of the efforts into GRASS releases were accomplished by the Construction Engineering Resesarch Laboratory (CERL) in Champaign, Illinois. It has been estimated that several million dollars of GRASS software development efforts across the government have been completed since the 4.1 release. Since 1997 a worldwide network of developers continue to release new GRASS versions (see GRASS history).
The strength and success of GRASS relies on the user community. This in mind, the philosophy of the GRASS Development Team is to encourage users to develop their own unique tools and applications for GRASS. If you develop tools and techniques that you feel would benefit other GRASS users, let us know! We strongly recommend to follow the coding style described in SUBMITTING file (which you find in the main directory of GRASS source code or also below). GRASS GIS is developed and supported by a worldwide developers team. As GRASS is growing, we have plenty of opportunities to join the GRASS development team and improve the powerful GRASS GIS under terms of GNU General Public License.
Many people have contributed to the GRASS GIS. Without any one of them, GRASS would not exist in its current form. The authors of the individual programs are listed at the end of their manual page in GRASS users manual, however, numerous authors of bug fixes and enhancements as well as people who have been working on coordination, integration, documentation and testing are not mentioned. Therefore, this page is an attempt to acknowledge those who contributed to GRASS development. Please allow us to extend our most cordial thanks to all of you. If you contributed to GRASS at any point during its existence, please let us know your name and e-mail address so we can add your name here.
Developers Mailing ListPlease join our mailing list, which will help and coordinate ongoing development in GRASS GIS development. Join the list if you are a programmer and/or want to follow the development discussion. If you have questions concerning compilation of the SVN-GRASS, please ask here.
Integrated development trackerDevelopment planning is all done on the developers' mailing list. The execution of those plans are tracked by GRASS's integrated Trac system.
How you can helpSee the list at Get involved!
RoadmapSee the GRASS Development roadmap
Download the latest GRASS softwareTo follow GRASS development, get the latest code from SVN server:
Compiling GRASSCompiling GRASS is only recommended to people with experience (that's why we also offer precompiled binaries).
The configuration requires a set of installed libraries which are described in the file REQUIREMENTS.html file (which you also find in the main directory of the source code tarball). The compilation is desribed in the INSTALL file (which you also find in the main directory of the source code tarball). Dear Newbie, please be so kind to search the developers mailing list archive before asking developers - most questions have been already answered several times :-)
Compiling GRASS natively on MS-Windows integrated with QGIS: see Building Windows Binary On Linux (Cross compilation with MinGW).
GRASS Programmer's ManualPlease cite GRASS when using it as we have invested a lot of time and effort in creating GRASS.
GRASS Development Team (<year>). Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (GRASS), GNU General Public License. http://grass.osgeo.org
Debugging: hints are collected in doc/debugging.txt in the source code package.
Code submissionWhen developing GRASS software, you may want to share your development with the GRASS community. There are several ways to probably get your code into the standard GRASS release. Another option is to host the software on your own web page - in this case we can add a link to our "GRASS Add-ons" section. We strongly recommend you follow the coding style described in SUBMITTING files (which you find in the GRASS source code). Optionally, for group based development we can offer access to the GRASS AddOns-SVN repository which we grant to trustable people who agree to the GRASS rules of code contributions (see below):
GRASS Quality ControlThe development team invests time and efforts to verify the quality of GRASS, be the coding style, be the functionality of the commands:
GRASS related projects/libraries
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