Launching the Developer Program for Open Source Contributors

Published on June 24, 2016, by Dmitrii Konchalenkov


It has been a busy month since RhodeCode went open source :

The source code of Community Edition has been made available on code.rhodecode.com, yet the contribution process was somewhat unclear.

Today RhodeCode launches the Developer Program to make the contribution process easier and more transparent for open source contributors. We also created a dedicated section on our website: rhodecode.com/open-source.

Intro

Here at RhodeCode, we intend to build the world’s best platform for enterprise software development. Unified automation and authentication will eliminate routine from the work of software developers and devops engineers. Firms, in turn, will get unified source code security and access controls for their whole code base.

Being developers ourselves, we know it is not feasible to build such a platform without help and the community input (be it user feedback or code contributions). That is why it is so important to provide an easy way for developers to contribute and be recognized for their work.

The Developer Program

The Developer Program is a set of guidelines and improvements to make it easier to participate the development of RhodeCode and recognize developer contributions. The program is for RhodeCode users who seek to shape RhodeCode to their own needs and the direction the community chooses for RhodeCode development. You may want to “scratch your own itch” by adding a missing integration with a particular tool or to make a change that fixes a problem and saves time for your team. Or maybe you simply know a better way to do things. ;)

Contributing to RhodeCode

While RhodeCode has mirror-repositories on other services, submitting a contribution to the main code base requires an account on code.rhodecode.com. If you don’t have one yet, you can sign up here (RhodeCode allows to connect an existing GitHub or BitBucket account to simplify account creation).

As described at rhodecode.com/open-source, the process of contributing changes consists of few simple steps:

  1. Sign in to your RhodeCode account at code.rhodecode.com.
    (or sign up for a new one). You can also connect your existing GitHub / Bitbucket account.

  2. Read the README to get yourself familiar quickly

  3. Read the Developer Docs section for contributors

  4. Start hacking and break things
    don’t forget to test though ;)

  5. Commit changes and get others involved

You can get details about the development setup and settings in the Developer Docs.

Recognition

Contributor Badges

To acknowledge the contributions made by developers we launch a set of special badges on the Community Portal.
Here’s how a user profile with badges may look like:

rhodecode contributor profile

Badge Types

  • Contributor badge is given to any developer whose code has been accepted to the RhodeCode’s code base.
  • Developer badge is given to recognize regular contributors, who participate RhodeCode development at least once a week. Having Developer badge automatically grants rights to moderate discussions on the Community Portal.
  • Core Developer badge recognizes an outstanding impact on RhodeCode development. An example of that can be an important feature or a major bugfix.

different types of contributor badges

Getting Your Badge

RhodeCode contributors registered on the Community Portal can get the contribution badge by specifying their code.rhodecode.com username in Profile Preferences:

setting code.rhodecode.com username in Profile Preferences

Once the contribution is accepted, the badge (and corresponding Community Portal privileges) will be granted automatically.

While it is by no means required to register on the Community Portal to contribute to the platform, we encourage contributor developers to do so. It’s a great place to discuss features and share solutions for common problems.

Licensing and Intellectual Property

Open Source License

It is essential for an open source project to have clear licensing terms from the very start. The source code for RhodeCode CE is available under the terms of AGPLv3. In essence, that means that for all the platform modifications made, the complete source code should be openly available. A good overview of AGPLv3 terms is provided on choosealicense.com, the website also lists the full text.

Contributor License Agreement (CLA)

Developers who want their changes merged into RhodeCode’s codebase need to sign a contributor licensing agreement. Under RhodeCode’s CLA, developers keep their intellectual property and related rights, while licensing their contributions to RhodeCode for use in any of its editions, including the (free) Community Edition and the (for-fee) Enterprise Edition. Prior to making a contribution, please review the full CLA text.

In Sum

We are excited to see how RhodeCode platform will evolve over time. Those willing to contribute now have all the tools to shape the future of RhodeCode.

We have another announcement coming for the platform developers and soon we will publish the platform roadmap. In the meantime, start hacking right away by visiting rhodecode.com/open-source, reach the core team on the Community Portal or join us on Slack. Stay tuned!

Yours collaboratively,
RhodeCode team.


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