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Developer Support

A project the nature of TaxonWorks needs contributions from many people to succeed over the long term. To that end we're working hard to build a foundation that permits and encourages anyone to contribute to the project. Highlights include:

  • All elements of the project are open source.

  • Docker images let you build against the API in your own Javascript framework with extremely minimal setup. See this project, a matrix row coder that can run on your desktop, or be integrated natively into TaxonWorks.

  • Code generators let you stub a new task view (core feature) or batch-loader in a single line.

  • TaxonWorks is built on Rails. The conventions there acts a wrapper around features that can be written in Ruby or other cutting edge tools like Vue, Elm, or other webpack supported frameworks.

  • TaxonWorks is extensively unit tested. This means you can code and contribute with a lot less fear of breaking things.

  • TaxonWorks is deployed in production in Kubernetes, cutting edge application deployment and management software.

  • The Species File Group and its members have held hackathons and many in-house joint workshops. Contact them if you're interested in participating on site. They are also interested in supporting visits to would-be developers, students, or others wishing to get a bootcamp in TaxonWorks development.