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“Giving back little gifts of code”

24 Pull Requests is a yearly initiative to encourage developers around the world to send a pull request every day in December up to Christmas.

This is the site to help promote the project, highlighting why, how and where to send your pull requests.

Get started!


  • Andrew Nesbitt
  • Chris Lowder
  • Baris Balic


Source hosted at GitHub. Report issues/feature requests on GitHub Issues. Follow us on Twitter @24pullrequests.

Getting Started

New to Ruby? No worries!

First things first, you'll need to install Ruby 2.0. I recommend using the excellent rbenv, and ruby-build

rbenv install 2.0.0-p353
rbenv global 2.0.0-p353

Next, you'll need to make sure that you have postgres installed. This can be done easily using Homebrew or by using

brew install postgres phantomjs

Please see these further instructions for installing postgres via homebrew.

Now, let's install the gems from the Gemfile ("Gems" are synonymous with libraries in other languages).

gem install bundler && rbenv rehash
bundle install

Once all the gems are installed, we'll need to create the databases and tables. Rails makes this easy through the use of "Rake" tasks.

bundle exec rake db:create:all
bundle exec rake db:migrate

And we can also add some sample data with the seed task

bundle exec rake db:seed

If you are working on anything related to the email-generation code, you can use mailcatcher Since we use bundler, please read the following before using mailcatcher

Almost there! Now all we have to do is start up the Rails server and point our browser to http://localhost:3000

bundle exec rails s


Standard RSpec/Capybara tests are used for testing the application. The tests can be run with bundle exec rake.

Mocha/Konacha is used for unit testing any JavaScript. JavaScript specs should be placed in spec/javascripts. Run the JavaScript specs with bundle exec rake konacha:serve.

If you are using the omniauth environment variables (GITHUB_KEY, GITHUB_SECRET, TWITTER_KEY, TWITTER_SECRET) for another project, you will need to either

  • unset them before running your tests or
  • reset the omniauth environment variables after creating a Github (omniauth) application for this project

as it will use it to learn more about the developers and for pull requests.

Note on Patches/Pull Requests

  • Fork the project.
  • Make your feature addition or bug fix.
  • Add tests for it. This is important so I don't break it in a future version unintentionally.
  • Send a pull request. Bonus points for topic branches.


Copyright (c) 2013 Andrew Nesbitt. See LICENSE for details.