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Want to contribute? Great! First, read this page (including the small print at the end).
Ways you can contribute
If you'd like to improve the documentation, you have three options:
- Give us feedback: create a "Documentation issue/feedback" issue in the Dart project. To see known doc issues, look for issues where Area=Documentation.
- Contribute to the Dart website, www.dartlang.org. The code and content for the Dart website is not in the main repo; it's in the dartlang.org project on GitHub. For more information, see Writing for dartlang.org.
- Improve the API reference docs at api.dartlang.org by editing doc comments in the Dart SDK repo. For more information on how to write API docs, see Effective Dart: Documentation.
Before you contribute
Before we can use your code, you must sign the Google Individual Contributor License Agreement (CLA), which you can do online. The CLA is necessary mainly because you own the copyright to your changes, even after your contribution becomes part of our codebase, so we need your permission to use and distribute your code. We also need to be sure of various other things—for instance that you'll tell us if you know that your code infringes on other people's patents. You don't have to sign the CLA until after you've submitted your code for review and a member has approved it, but you must do it before we can put your code into our codebase.
Before you start working on a larger contribution, you should get in touch with us first through the Dart Issue Tracker with your idea so that we can help out and possibly guide you. Coordinating up front makes it much easier to avoid frustration later on.
All submissions, including submissions by project members, require review. We use the same code-review tools and process as the chromium project. In order to submit a patch, you need to get the depot_tools.
We occasionally take pull requests, e.g., for comment changes, but the main flow is to use the Rietveld review system as explained below.
Getting the code
To work with the Dart code, you need to download and build the development branch. Active development of Dart takes place on the
master branch, from which we push "green" versions that have passed all tests to
dev branch. Complete instructions are found at Getting The Source
Starting a patch with git
Note: you can be in any branch when you run
git new-branch <feature name> <write code> git commit <write code...> git commit ...
Keeping your branch updated with origin/master
As you work, and before you send a patch for review, you should
ensure your branch is merging cleanly to
There are multiple ways to do this, but we generally recommend running:
Note: you can run this command from any branch.
This command will fetch origin/master, rebase all your open branches, and delete cleanly merged branches.
Your local workflow may vary.
Uploading the patch for review
Upload the patch for review:
git cl upload
The above command returns a URL for the review. Attach this review to your issue in http://dartbug.com
If you have commit access, when the review is done and the patch is good to go, commit the patch:
git cl land
If you do not have commit access, a Dart engineer will commit for you, assuming the patch is reviewed and accepted.
More detailed instructions for the
git cl tools available on http://commondatastorage.googleapis.com/chrome-infra-docs/flat/depot_tools/docs/html/depot_tools_tutorial.html#_creating_uploading_a_cl
For committers: Merging external contributions
If the author of a patch is not a committer, they will need help landing the patch. Once a patch gets an LGTM, it's easy for a committer to merge it in.
git checkout master git cl patch _patch_number_ git cl land -c "Jane Dev <firstname.lastname@example.org>"
The source code of Dart follows the:
You should familiarize yourself with those guidelines.
All files in the Dart project must start with the following header. If you add a new file please also add this. The year should be a single number (not a range; don't use "2011-2012", even if the original code did). If you edit an existing file you don't have to update the year
// Copyright (c) 2015, the Dart project authors. Please see the AUTHORS file // for details. All rights reserved. Use of this source code is governed by a // BSD-style license that can be found in the LICENSE file.
The small print
Contributions made by corporations are covered by a different agreement than the one above, the Software Grant and Corporate Contributor License Agreement.