The goal of PPB is to be a learning tool. Building games can be complex, and PPB should make that complexity approachable for new developers. It is also open to developers of all skill levels for contribution and improvement.
This guide will include steps experienced developers may not need explanation for, it’s target audience is new developers not used to contribution.
ppb doesn’t include tools to get you from a proper zero to running.
Check out something like Automate the Boring Stuff or ask a
teacher for a resource to learn with.
The best place to start is to build something with
ppb! Joining the
community of developers who are using it and asking questions is a great
place to start. Read the tutorials written by ppb and others, and keep
notes: any time you do something that feels rough or seems to be harder
than you’d like, take a note!
After you’re comfortable using
ppb it’s time to join the discussions.
We try to keep discussions public on github, and label any issue meant
to be a discussion with the discussion label. Your opinion
matters, and you might notice something no one else has. If you don’t
like what it’s like to use
ppb, talk about it with us, and we can try
to find a solution together.
Good news: You already know where the issue tracker is, report your bug by adding a new issue to the github page! Your report should focus on the problem: What broke? What didn’t work the way you expected? How did you expect it to work?
In addition to that, we’ll want to know how you got there: A link to
your code, any packages you used with ppb, and a stack trace if there is
one! Definitely remember to get the python version with
Label it with the label
bug and one of the contributors will get to it
Same as with bugs, head on over to the issue tracker and write up an issue describing what you want to improve, and how you’d do it.
Remember to consider the goals and principles of ppb. We want to leave enough for people to explore on their own, but solve enough of the hard problems that they’re free to do that.
Thanks for considering code contributions! The new contributor label is a collection of issues we believe are suitable for people new to PPB. You are welcome to work on any issue you would like, we just think those are a good starting place for those that are unfamiliar with the code base.
Now get to work! Some tickets have detailed instructions: A maintainer mapped out the needs and wrote some instructions. Others are more open. Start working, try to solve the problem. If you get stuck, ask questions in your open PR. The maintainers and active contributors are here to help.
Once you think it’s ready, time to remove “WIP” from the title or hit the “Ready for review” button. Now someone senior in the project will review. They’ll either ask for changes or approve your PR. If you need to make changes, commit to your branch and push it up and it’ll update the PR. Your reviewer will look again later.
If you got accepted, your PR will make it into the project soon! Only a maintainer can merge your PR, so you’ll need to wait. They may ask for some final changes. Same rules as before: Push new changes to your branch and things will be updated.
You’re always welcome to review other PRs! Just use the comment function unless you’re told you can block PRs. The people doing the “official” review will take your comments into consideration. If you actively provide reviews, you’ll be told to add your name to CONTRIBUTORS as a reviewer!
There’s a tutorial project! See the tutorials repository’s CONTRIBUTING file for more details.
There’s so much else that needs to be done besides fixing
We need documentation. Docstrings or the docs project are
available to be added to. Our test suite could use some love. In the
end you contribute to
ppb by being part of its community.