How do I get started with GITHUB?1 user found helpful
I'd love to help out in some way but I have never used GITHUB, never contributed to an opensource project before... closest thing would have been working in an internal team maintaining Internet/Intranet sites using Dreamwaver, ColdFusion & subversion.
I've got web programming experience (got an IT degree and majored in Software Engineering, some experience with PHP - I know how to read docs :) Nowadays I just mostly do occasional frontend coding and mod existing c5 addons (usually only customing templates/views). So I figure I could help with some of the skinning tasks for 5.7
Here's kind of a quick checklist for github:
1. Install git-scm (git-scm.com)
2. Create a GitHub account (github.com)
3. Create an SSH key on your computer and attach it to your github account. This allows github to authenticate from the git program to submit your changes without (or with if you so choose) requring you to enter your password for every single push from your computer. (https://help.github.com/articles/generating-ssh-keys)
4. Fork the Concrete5 repository on github
5. Clone your forked repository to your local computer
6. Make changes on your local computer, commit the changes, and push your changes back up to your forked repository / branch
7. When ready, create a Pull request from your fork branch to the Concrete5.7 repository
8. Wait for andy (or whomever) to accept the pull request
9. After it has been "Merged" with the main branch you are safe to delete your forked branch
If you are looking for a GUI tool to help out with this that's free SourceTree is a pretty good one that's great when you're first learning. Another comment I'll make is that when you "Fork" a repository it stays forked at that instance in time when you forked it. You will need to occasionally "rebase" your forked master branch to pull in updates fro the 5.7 repository.
Final piece of advice, when you fork it will create a Master branch for you. However, when you create a Pull request it will continue to add commits to it as you make more changes. For example say you want to put in a request to change the statistics dashboard page. Say also that you made those changes to the master branch. Now you go on to make changes to the image slider block. If you commit those changes to your master branch, they will automatically be added to the pull request that already exist for your statistics dashboard page changes.This is not ideal as it makes it hard to separate out what each pull request is for. Instead here's what you should do: Create a new branch, based off of your forked master branch, for every new issue you are working on. Then create separate pull requests for each branch.
A lot to take in and i'm by no means a great instructor and have only been using git for a relatively short time myself, but hopefully this gets you started. If you need additional help with this you should hit up the #concrete5 IRC channel sometime and maybe find someone to help you more in there (kiwiirc.com/client). P.S. Seems overwhelming and exhaustive now but I promise it gets pretty easy after you've gone through the process a few times.
Hope some find this helpful:
If something is incomplete / missing please feel free to shoot me a PM. Working on getting a lightbox on there so some of the larger images are a little easier to view in a browser.