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If you like Vograbulary and want to make it better, help out. It could be as simple as sending Don a nice note on Google+, you could report a bug, or pitch in with some development work. Would you like to join the testers group? Anyone with some visual design skills want to make this thing look amazing? I'm also looking for an iOS collaborator.

Bug Reports and Enhancement Requests

Be as specific as possible. Which version are you using? What did you do? What did you expect to happen? Are you planning to submit your own fix in a pull request?

New Word Challenges

Do you have an idea for another word challenge to include in Vograbulary? Create an issue, and describe how it would work.


Vograbulary is built using Eclipse. The HTML version is built with Google Web Toolkit (GWT), and the Android version is built with the Android Developer Tools. If you want to contribute to the development, you should install one or both of these, and the easiest way is to install the Google Plugin for Eclipse. Clone this project from git, and then import the project files into Eclipse. One step that is tricky is the Android support library setup.

If you build iOS apps, I'm looking for someone to build a presentation layer for that platform. Hopefully, we can use the core logic unchanged with the J2ObjC converter.

Building a Release

Each release is tagged and published in three places: the web page, the Android app on Google Play (still in private beta), and the Android APK file on the releases page.

Before publishing a release, check the following:

  • The unit tests not only pass, but cover the code enough to keep Jester happy. Use the script in the vograbulary-test project.
  • All the instructions are up to date in the README and CONTRIBUTING files.
  • The version numbers have been incremented in the Android manifest file.

To publish a release:

  • Right click the vograbulary-html project, and choose Google: GWT Compile. That takes several minutes, and sometimes complains about some classes or methods that aren't supported by the GWT compiler.
  • If the compile is successful, run the script in the vograbulary-html project to copy all the files to the web site project. If you checked out the master branch as ~/git/vograbulary, then the script assumes that you have checked out the gh-pages branch as ~/git/vograbulary-gh-pages.
  • Commit the gh-pages branch and check that the new version works on the web site.
  • Check if the master branch has anything to commit. It usually doesn't.
  • Open the Android manifest file, scroll down, and click on the Export Wizard link.
  • Go to the Google Play page, and upload the new version's APK file. Also check that the description is up to date, particularly the list of word challenges.
  • If you need to update screenshots, you can either take a screenshot on the device by pressing power and volume down at the same time, or you can take a screenshot from the Android emulator. In Eclipse, choose Window: Show View: Other: Android: Devices. Select the emulator, then click the camera icon.
  • Go to the GitHub releases page, create a new release using a tag like v0.x.0-alpha. Attach the APK file.
  • Close the milestone.