Up for Grabs

One of the best things about open-source software is that, when you find a bug as a user, you can not only report it to the developers, but also dig into the source code yourself and perhaps locate and fix the problem and PR it into the next release.

From the very beginning of our GitHub history, we’ve used issues as our “to-do” list, the “project backlog”. With GitHub projects we have subdivided the issue list into easier-to-track projects, as was shown last month. Thing is, with the few of us, the lots of you and the pretty wide project scope, the “to-do” list is constantly growing with awesome ideas.

There’s quite a lot to do in Rubberduck, and because we’d like you to help us do this, a lot of these things have an [up-for-grabslabel in our repository.

Some are easier than others. Of course it’s not always obvious to assess the “difficulty level” of an issue, but we can try:

difficulty-levels

Duckling (14 open) is labeling the “simple” issues we think don’t really require much experience with the code base. e.g. #1732 Inspection for empty modules

Ducky (17 open)  issues are more involved than duckling; if you haven’t been poking around too much, these ones might be more challenging. e.g. #2704 Concrete implementations should be private

Duck (13 open) issues are for contributors that would like something trickier and/or more substantative to tackle. e.g. #298 VB6 IDE Support

Quackhead (1 open) issues need contributors that know how Rubberduck understands VBA code and interacts with the VBE. e.g. #403 Static Analysis & Code Metrics

And then there’s all the others that we haven’t got around to stick an [up-for-grabs] label on, that you can just go and ask about anytime you like.


But… I don’t do C#!

Doesn’t matter! Our wiki needs to document all the refactorings and inspections; unit testing section could use articles about writing testable, object-oriented VBA code…

@Vogel612 made a translation helper (in Java!), to make it easier to localize Rubberduck and translate the resource files; if you can translate English into a language that’s not yet supported (we had to drop a few languages in 2.0, due to the sheer amount of new but untranslated resource strings), we’ll be happy to guide you and answer every question you might have about any of these resource strings.

But… I don’t do VBA!

Doesn’t matter! In fact, while VBA code is ultimately our data, there’s plenty of areas that don’t even need to get anywhere near actual VBA code. The regex builder tool for example, couldn’t care less about VBA (well aside from building VBScript-flavored regex…), and traversing an expression tree to evaluate/interpret it, determining if a conditional evaluates to a constant, …these things aren’t VBA-specific – they’re just things you need to work with, regardless of what language your data is written with. Except BrainFuck perhaps. Point is, knowing VBA helps, but the core team is there to help too if need be…

I mean, how much VBA do you need to know in order to be able determine whether a module is empty?

 

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