Published on February 18, 2014
Contributing to GNOME-Music JACKSON ISAAC S4 B.TECH CSE AMRITA VISHWA VIDYAPEETHAM, INDIA
About GNOME 3.10
About gnome-music GNOME’s own built-in Music Application. Written in Python3 using GTK+ Released in August 2013. Current release version 3.10.2
Music’s source code Source Code is the collection of the files containing the instructions for the application. Source code contains more than Thousands of lines of code, and are divided according to the functions it carries out in the application. We use version control system for software development.
Which project to select ? Complete beginners: Established projects like Mozilla Firefox, KDE. Intermediate/ Experienced Programmers: New projects like GNOME-Music and Linux kernel (Skilled coders). Non-programmers: Wikimedia and other project’s documentation, designing, etc.
Building the Source Code Developers use jhbuild, it creates a separate environment inside your OS and builds the latest repositories directly from source. Some projects like Mozilla use mach build. Smaller projects can be directly compiled and tested.
Selecting your first bug Bugs are divided as • • • • • low-hanging fruits (github), in general trivial or easy bugs. Enhancements. Major bugs. Critical. Blocker. Each bug has STR (Steps to reproduce) and description about it. Select a bug which interests you and one that you understand. Contact mentors and start trying out methods to fix the bug.
Communicating with other Developers IRC, Xchat, IRCcloud.com, Mibbit IRC Channel: #gnome-music on irc.gnome.org / GIMPNet (irc.gimp.org) #gnome-love, #gnome-hackers, #gtk+
Create and Test Patch Changes made in the local codebase that are ready to be pushed to the git repo. Steps to Create patch: Make appropriate changes to the code. Test the code for regressions. Commit the changes. Push it to forked repo. Pull Request.
Resources https://wiki.gnome.org/NewcomersTutorial https://github.com/gnome-prototypes-team/gnome-music https://git.gnome.org/browse/gnome-music/ https://wiki.gnome.org/GnomeLove/JhbuildIntroduction
Projects Worked on GNOME-Music Mozilla Firefox Web-browser Android app development Firefox OS
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