Like every open-source project, django CMS is always looking for motivated individuals to contribute to its source code. However, to ensure the highest code quality and keep the repository nice and tidy, everybody has to follow a few rules (nothing major, I promise :) )
If you think you have discovered a security issue in our code, please report it privately, by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please don’t raise it on:
- either of our email lists
or in any other public forum until we have had a chance to deal with it.
People interested in developing for the django CMS should join the django-cms-developers mailing list as well as heading over to #django-cms on the freenode IRC network for help and to discuss the development.
Here’s what the contribution process looks like, in a bullet-points fashion, and only for the stuff we host on GitHub:
If you’re interested in developing a new feature for the CMS, it is recommended that you first discuss it on the django-cms-developers mailing list so as not to do any work that will not get merged in anyway.
Since we’re hosted on GitHub, django CMS uses git as a version control system.
The GitHub help is very well written and will get you started on using git and GitHub in a jiffy. It is an invaluable resource for newbies and old timers alike.
We try to conform to PEP8 as much as possible. A few highlights:
This is how you fix a bug or add a feature:
And at any point in that process, you can add: discuss discuss discuss, because it’s always useful for everyone to pass ideas around and look at thngs together.
Running and writing tests is really important.
We have an IRC channel, our django-cms-developers email list, and of course the code reviews mechanism on GitHub - do use them.
Perhaps considered “boring” by hard-core coders, documentation is sometimes even more important than code! This is what brings fresh blood to a project, and serves as a reference for old timers. On top of this, documentation is the one area where less technical people can help most - you just need to write semi-decent English. People need to understand you. We don’t care about style or correctness.
Documentation should be:
Pulling of documentation is pretty fast and painless. Usually somebody goes over your text and merges it, since there are no “breaks” and that GitHub parses rst files automagically it’s really convenient to work with.
Also, contributing to the documentation will earn you great respect from the core developers. You get good karma just like a test contributor, but you get double cookie points. Seriously. You rock.
We use Python documentation conventions for section marking: