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How To Contribute Code to Rails: Step By Step

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Mike Gunderloy has written an excellent thirteen step guide to contributing to Rails - step by step. He covers:

  • Getting Git
  • Checking out the Rails source code
  • Setting up and running the tests that come with Rails (so you can check that your code doesn't bust Rails)
  • Forking Rails (for doing your changes)
  • Updating Rails with the changes in your fork
  • Creating a patch
  • Getting on to Lighthouse (the ticket system that Rails uses)
  • Creating a ticket

If you haven't contributed code to Rails yet because the process seems daunting (or that it changes on an annual basis), Mike's guide should reassure you on how to go about it.

As an aside, Mike will shortly be coming aboard on Rails Inside, so keep an eye out for more excellent content from him, both right here at Rails Inside and on his personal Rails-focused blog - A Fresh Cup.

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