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Virgil Dupras edited this page Sep 29, 2013 · 3 revisions

You'd like to get involved in the dupeGuru project but you're not quite sure where to start or whether your skills are needed or where to start? Even though dupeGuru is a "mature" project, there is still plenty of things to do, for developers and non-developers alike. So, if you'd like to get involved in any way with the dupeGuru project, don't hesitate to contact me.

Tasks for non-developers

Documentation! There's never enough of it. You think that the docs could be improved? Don't hesitate to start working on it. You'd like to re-write it in your own language? That would be cool too.

Issue commenting. As you can probably notice, most issues in the tracker are in "thinking" mode. Why? Because a big part of the work of solving a problem is figuring out how it fits in the big picture, how to present the new feature to the user, pros and cons of this or that implementation, etc. Most of the time, the maintainer(s) of an application receive suggestions, but don't have the time to thoroughly think about it. You can help a lot by stepping in the analysis process. So please, don't hesitate to comment on issues that draws interest from you.

Localization. I speak French and English, so I can manage those two localizations. However, external contributions are needed for other languages. Your language is not supported yet? You're welcome to add it to dupeGuru. dupeGuru already supports your language? It's possible that it has "rotten" a little bit. When new features are added, I can't localize the strings of that new features to all languages, so they appear in english. You're welcome to step in and "refresh" an existing localization. Refer to the Translator Guide to learn how to do the translation.

Screencasts and other pretty things. I suck at marketing and my spoken english sounds like crap. Anyone willing to do stuff like screencasts showing off dupeGuru doing its stuff, or other markety kind of thing is welcome.

Tasks for developers

Although dupeGuru is written in Python, Objective-C and a little bit of C, you don't need to know all languages or even to be an expert in any of these languages to make meaningful contributions to dupeGuru. Here are a couple of examples:

Developer documentation. I know this code too well to correctly document it anymore. To me, this code is clear, but I know that to a newcomer, it's not. As a newcomer, you are ideally placed to write developer documentation (I started a little bit of it on this page). Moreover, writing such docs will help you understand the code better, I guess. Any initiative to write/improve devdocs are gladly welcomed.

Windows packaging. For now, I use a closed source solution for packaging into MSI files. If you're knowledgable about thins kind of stuff and you know of an open source solution (and ideally, a way to keep the auto-update mechanism in place), come on board!

Anything else, really. Got idea? Don't hesitate to add a ticket, or don't hesitate to let me know if you'd like to work on an existing ticket.

In any case, don't hesitate to contact me.

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