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Contributing to textAngular

We'd love for you to contribute to our source code and to make textAngular even better than it is today! Here are the guidelines we'd like you to follow:

Found an Issue?

If you find a bug in the source code or a mistake in the documentation, you can help us by submitting an issue to our [GitHub Repository][github]. Even better you can submit a Pull Request with a fix.

Want a Feature?

You can request a new feature by submitting an issue to our [GitHub Repository][github]. If you would like to implement a new feature then consider what kind of change it is:

  • Major Changes that you wish to contribute to the project should be discussed first as an issue in the repository so that we can better coordinate our efforts, prevent duplication of work, and help you to craft the change so that it is successfully accepted into the project.
  • Small Changes can be crafted and submitted to the [GitHub Repository][github] as a Pull Request.

Submission Guidelines

Submitting an Issue

Before you submit your issue search the archive, maybe your question was already answered.

If your issue appears to be a bug, and hasn't been reported, open a new issue. Help us to maximize the effort we can spend fixing issues and adding new features, by not reporting duplicate issues. Providing the following information will increase the chances of your issue being dealt with quickly:

  • Overview of the issue - if an error is being thrown a non-minified stack trace helps
  • Motivation for or Use Case - explain why this is a bug for you
  • Angular Version(s) - is it a regression?
  • Browsers and Operating System - is this a problem with all browsers or only IE8?
  • Reproduce the error - provide a live example (Plunkr) or a unambiguous set of steps.
  • Related issues - has a similar issue been reported before?
  • Suggest a Fix - if you can't fix the bug yourself, perhaps you can point to what might be causing the problem (line of code or commit)

Here is a great example of a well defined issue: https://github.com/angular/angular.js/issues/5069

If you get help, help others. Good karma rulez!

Submitting a Pull Request

Before you submit your pull request consider the following guidelines:

  • Search GitHub for an open or closed Pull Request that relates to your submission. You don't want to duplicate effort.
  • Make your changes in a new git branch

     git checkout -b my-fix-branch master
  • Create your patch, including appropriate test cases.

  • Follow our Coding Rules.
  • Run the full Angular test suite, as described in the [developer documentation][dev-doc], and ensure that all tests pass.
  • Commit your changes using a descriptive commit message that follows our commit message conventions and passes our commit message presubmit hook validate-commit-msg.js. Adherence to the commit message conventions is required because release notes are automatically generated from these messages.

       git commit -a

    Note: the optional commit -a command line option will automatically "add" and "rm" edited files.

  • Build your changes locally to ensure all the tests pass

    grunt test
  • Push your branch to GitHub:

    git push origin my-fix-branch
  • In GitHub, send a pull request to angular:master.

  • If we suggest changes then

    • Make the required updates.
    • Re-run the Angular test suite to ensure tests are still passing.
    • Rebase your branch and force push to your GitHub repository (this will update your Pull Request):

      git rebase master -i
      git push -f

That's it! Thank you for your contribution!

After your pull request is merged

After your pull request is merged, you can safely delete your branch and pull the changes from the main (upstream) repository:

  • Delete the remote branch on GitHub either through the GitHub web UI or your local shell as follows:

    git push origin --delete my-fix-branch
  • Check out the master branch:

    git checkout master -f
  • Delete the local branch:

    git branch -D my-fix-branch
  • Update your master with the latest upstream version:

    git pull --ff upstream master

Coding Rules

To ensure consistency throughout the source code, keep these rules in mind as you are working:

  • All features or bug fixes must be tested by one or more [specs][unit-testing].
  • We love functions and closures and, whenever possible, prefer them over objects.
  • Where possible follow the coding style that is already in place.
  • Use tabs not spaces.

Git Commit Guidelines

We have very precise rules over how our git commit messages can be formatted. This leads to more readable messages that are easy to follow when looking through the project history.

Commit Message Format

Each commit message consists of a header, a body and a footer. The header has a special format that includes a type, a scope and a subject:

<type>(<scope>): <subject>
<BLANK LINE>
<body>
<BLANK LINE>
<footer>

Any line of the commit message cannot be longer 100 characters! This allows the message to be easier to read on github as well as in various git tools.

Type

Must be one of the following:

  • feat: A new feature
  • fix: A bug fix
  • style: Changes that do not affect the meaning of the code (white-space, formatting, missing semi-colons, etc)
  • refactor: A code change that neither fixes a bug or adds a feature
  • perf: A code change that improves performance
  • test: Adding missing tests
  • chore: Changes to the build process or auxiliary tools and libraries such as documentation generation

Scope

The scope could be anything specifying place of the commit change. For example $location, $browser, $compile, $rootScope, ngHref, ngClick, ngView, etc...

Subject

The subject contains succinct description of the change:

  • use the imperative, present tense: "change" not "changed" nor "changes"
  • don't capitalize first letter
  • no dot (.) at the end

Body

Just as in the subject, use the imperative, present tense: "change" not "changed" nor "changes" The body should include the motivation for the change and contrast this with previous behavior.

Footer

The footer should contain any information about Breaking Changes and is also the place to reference GitHub issues that this commit Closes.

A detailed explanation can be found in this [document][commit-message-format].