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Any open source product is only as good as the community behind it. You can participate by sharing code, ideas, or simply helping others. No matter what your skill level is, every contribution counts.

See our high level overview on on how you can help out.

Contributing to the correct version

SilverStripe core and module releases (since the 3.1.8 release) follow the Semantic Versioning (SemVar) specification for releases. Using this specification declares to the entire development community the severity and intention of each release. It gives developers the ability to safely declare their dependencies and understand the scope involved in each upgrade.

Each release is labeled in the format $MAJOR.$MINOR.$PATCH. For example, 3.1.8 or 3.2.0.

  • $MAJOR version is incremented if any backwards incompatible changes are introduced to the public API.
  • $MINOR version is incremented if new, backwards compatible functionality is introduced to the public API or improvements are introduced within the private code.
  • $PATCH version is incremented if only backwards compatible bug fixes are introduced. A bug fix is defined as an internal change that fixes incorrect behavior.

Git Branches are setup for each $MINOR version (i.e 3.1, 3.2). Each $PATCH release is a git tag off the $MINOR branch. For example, 3.1.8 will be a git tag of 3.1.8.

When contributing code, be aware of the scope of your changes. If your change is backwards incompatible, raise your change against the master branch. The master branch contains the next $MAJOR release. If the change is backwards compatible raise it against the correct $MINOR branch.

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