Contributions are welcomed via pull requests on GitHub. Contact the GSD developers before starting work to ensure it meshes well with the planned development direction and standards set for the project.
Implement functionality in a general and flexible fashion
New features should be applicable to a variety of use-cases. The GSD developers can assist you in designing flexible interfaces.
Maintain performance of existing code paths
Expensive code paths should only execute when requested.
Base your work off the correct branch
Base backwards compatible bug fixes on
Base additional functionality on
Base API incompatible changes on
Agree to the Contributor Agreement
All contributors must agree to the Contributor Agreement before their pull request can be merged.
Set your git identity
Git identifies every commit you make with your name and e-mail. Set your identity to correctly identify your work and set it identically on all systems and accounts where you make commits.
Use a consistent style
The Code style section of the documentation sets the style guidelines for GSD code.
Document code with comments
Use doxygen header comments for classes, functions, etc. Also comment complex sections of code so that other developers can understand them.
Compile without warnings
Your changes should compile without warnings.
Write unit tests
Add unit tests for all new functionality.
The developer should run research-scale simulations using the new functionality and ensure that it behaves as intended.
Write user documentation
Document public-facing API with Python docstrings in Google style.
Demonstrate new functionality in the documentation examples pages.
Document version status
Each user-facing Python class, method, etc. with a docstring should have [
deprecated Sphinx directives]
Add developer to the credits
Update the credits documentation to name each developer that has contributed to the code.
Propose a change log entry
Propose a short concise entry describing the change in the pull request description.