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Contributing

Thanks for considering contributing to our platform. We really appreciate the help and would like to give you some tips on how to contribute in the most effective way.

Please make sure to check out our Code of Conduct and make sure to follow it in all your interactions within this project and the ReasonML community.

Ways to contribute

  • Writing docs for Belt (later on BuckleScript, Reason, ReasonReact)
  • Joining in discussions on our issue tracker
  • Give feedback for improvements (incomplete / missing docs, bad wording, search user experience / design, etc.)
  • Advanced: Help building platform features (design system, automatic testing, markdown parsing, etc.)

How to get started?

Find an issue

Before you start any work or submit any PRs, make sure to check our issue tracker for any issues or discussions on the topic.

If you can't find any relevant issues, feel free to create a new one to start a discussion, or contact @ryyppy / @nikgraf on the Reason Discord channel for quick feedback. We usually assign issues to a responsible person to prevent confusion and duplicate work, so always double check if an issue is currently being worked on, or talk to the current assignee to take over the task.

Always make sure to get feedback from the core maintainers before starting any work

The project follows very specific goals and tries to deliver the highest value with the least amount of resources. Please help us focus on the tasks at hand and don't submit any code / bigger refactorings without any proper discussion on the issue tracker. Otherwise your PR might not be accepted!

If you need inspiration on what to work on, you can check out issues tagged with good first issue.

Discuss an issue

We really appreciate all input from users, community members and potential contributors. Please make sure to consider the other person's opinion and don't assume any common knowledge.

Most importantly: Keep it professional and be nice to eachother

There might be situations where others don't understand a proposed feature or architectural change. That's fine, discussions are always welcome! Communicate in clear actionables, make your plans clear and always to stick to the original topic.

If other contributors disagree with certain proposals and don't change their mind after longer discussions, please don't get discouraged when an issue gets closed / postponed. Everyone tries their best to make the platform better, and to look at it in another perspective: Closed issues are also a highly valuable resource for others to understand technical decisions later on.

Communication Channels

Working on the reasonml.org codebase

We try to keep our contribution guidelines to a minimum. Please keep following rules in mind whenever writing code.

Keep it simple

The less code we write, the better. If there's a way to do rendering on the server, or enhance existing markdown files, we prefer that over client-side rendering and external loading.

We also try to keep our third-party dependencies to a minimum. We use specific high value frameworks to make things work (unified, remark, mdx, bs-platform, etc). Please try to keep a small JS footprint, especially for client side code (to keep the bundle size small).

Think about the target audience & UX

The reasonml.org project aims to be the best documentation experience for Reason / BuckleScript users. We don't necessarily need to target OCaml users as well (at least for the start), so keeping the docs minimalistic is important.

Also check if there are any designs for certain UI components and always think about how to get the best user experience for the users. Jumpy UI, slow loading, bloaty JS bundles and bad accessibility is not what we stand for.

Comply to our CSS ways

We use TailwindCSS for our component styling. Check out the tailwind.config.js file for configured tailwind features, colors, border-radius values etc.. If you are not familiar with Tailwind, check out existing components for inspiration.

We sometimes also need to fall back to common css (with tailwind @apply directives to enforce our style system). You can find the CSS main entrypoint in styles/main.css.

Only fall back to plain CSS if absolutely necessary

Most of the stuff we want to build can be built as components with Tailwind classes. We mostly use global CSS if we need to interact with 3rd party code (such as highlightjs), or if we need features like child selectors (markdown rendering with nested lists).

PR process

  • Clone the project and follow the README instructions
  • Always run the page locally and verify your changes (especially when working on code examples)
  • When writing markdown with code examples, always run yarn test to prevent broken code
  • Feel free to open Draft PRs when you are working on bigger features (good for visibility and asking for feedback)
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