Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Contributing to Zend Framework for developers from Windows

Alongside with my last post about organisation issues you should resolve in order to contribute into Zend Framework indicated by Matthew Weier O'Phinney on his personal blog, I want to mention the same material but from the technical point of view.

Lets start from the tutorial on how to start contributing to Zend Framework for developers working under Windows described by Thomas Weidner, I18N Team Leader at Zend Framework in his blog.

The main problem is that Zend Framework 2 moved to Git version control system and Windows developers (unlike the Linux ones :P) should become familiar with this new truly brilliant version control system developed by Linus Torvalds to maintain Linux kernel development. Gut become very popular and widely used right now thanks to its distributed nature, efficiency and rich functionality.

So, in short, here are the main points Windows users should know:
  1. Windows has a Git port named "msysgit" and it should be installed first.
  2. To be able to use Git in Windows-way - you can install a special GUI software - "TortoiseGit" from widely known Tortoise* software family.
  3. You need an account at GitHub.com in order to participate and configure your version control software wit the email from ZF jira account.
  4. Clone ZF2 repository, create a separate branch and start contributing!
Read the  rest of detailed instructions in the article for Zend Framework contributors from Window.

Have a good times digging into Zend Framework!