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Contributing to Zend Framework

Read the license

The license is BSD-based. It can be found here.

Sign the Contributor License Agreement (CLA)

To contribute source code or documentation at any level (from a few lines, to a patch, to a proposal, to an entirely new component), you must first sign the Contributor License Agreement. This will also give you access to become a developer in the issue tracking system and the developer's wiki.

CLA signers who also establish a wiki account on this website will be listed on our [Project Teams] page. Thus, others will know who to accept code contributions from and who they can work with in drafting proposals.

Subscribe to the appropriate mailing lists

Please join the Zend Framework community by subscribing to the mailing lists that interest you, using the e-mail account you wish to send messages from.

You can also view all messages through our searchable mailing list archive. Once we create searchable archives using Zend_Search_Lucene, we'll move the archives onto the Zend Framework site.

How to subscribe

Please remember to subscribe using the e-mail address you use to post messages. Using a different e-mail address may result in substantial delays or a lost message, since we manually review and approve non-spam messages received from e-mail addresses not subscribed to a mailing list.

You may subscribe to each list individually, according to your preference, or you may use a shortcut to subscribe to all the lists, except fw-announce, fw-general, fw-docs, fw-svn. The shortcut is fw-all@lists.zend.com.

Do not subscribe to both fw-all and one of the lists grouped under fw-all, or you will get duplicate messages.

In general, to subscribe, send a mail to (listname)-subscribe@lists.zend.com (e.g., fw-mvc-subscribe@lists.zend.com).

How to unsubscribe

Every mail sent by a list contains mail headers. (To view them in Thunderbird, use Ctrl-U.) For example:

In general, to unsubscribe, send a mail to (listname)-unsubscribe@lists.zend.com (e.g., fw-mvc-unsubscribe@lists.zend.com).

RSS

RSS feeds and custom event notifications are also available from our website.

Contribute to the wiki

Report, work on, and resolve issues in the issue tracker

The issue tracker is the place to submit issues of all types. This includes bugs, change requests, feature requests, and small patches. If large enough, feature requests should be submitted as a proposal. The issue tracker is also the place to track the release roadmap and view the current status of framework components.

Reporting and commenting privileges
Unfortunately, due to increased spam, you must now email us and request posting privileges to report an issue or comment on an existing issue. We apologize for the inconvenience.

To be assigned an issue, you must sign the CLA.

Please read [Issue Tracker Etiquette] before working on issues.

Review Subversion commits

As code comes into Subversion, it is displayed in our Fisheye browser with the changesets listed with full diffs. Review commits and double-check the work of others—the more eyes, the better. This is also a great way to get a feel for the framework coding style and culture.

Review and submit a proposal

Proposals are contributed by developers and end-users of the Zend Framework. Our proposal wiki space shows the current status of proposals and manages the review process. Submit new proposals here, or help review other submissions as part of our collective intelligence.

Learn PhpUnit

Zend Framework development is backed by extensive unit testing. We use PhpUnit extensively as our testing framework. For code to be accepted, it must be tested and covered by a unit test. Please see our testing standards guide and tutorial for more information.

Developers are expected to keep documentation and unit tests in sync with changes to code.

Review the coding standards

All framework code is covered by the [PHP Coding Standard (draft, ZF 0.2 RC1)]. Learn it, love it, live it.

Please "watch" the page above using the "envelope" icon on the top-right side of the page. Confluence (the wiki system we use) has a robust e-mail notification system, accessed through "Preferences" after logging in. From there, click on the "Watches" folder tab, and see the link to "E-mail preferences".

Learn best practices

Common sense

API changes should be committed in parallel with updated documentation.

Factory methods, classes, and patterns

For the following, we define "factory" as a class or method that creates instance objects of one or more classes other than the class of the factory.

Direct instantiation is the preferred choice, and factory classes should be avoided if at all possible. Only when sufficient need exists should they be considered. Sometimes the code in a factory method could be moved to a common, shared superclass.

Container API guidelines

For the time being, we have decided to avoid trying to micromanage implementation details of framework components with containers to suit potential points of reuse throughout the framework. Zend_Session, for example, must wrap a nested PHP array ($_SESSION), not the recursive data structure found in Zend_Config. In a few months, we can revisit this issue and discuss whether implementations of existing components with container data structures should be refactored.

However, we would like to propose API conventions to help maintain consistency in style for accessing and manipulating container objects, without requiring complicated refactoring of container interfaces, classes, and implementations across diverse components.

When getting and setting data in a random-access container using keys, we suggest the following required, basic operations:

  • __get()
  • __set()
  • __isset()
  • __unset()

When appropriate, containers should also implement the standard PHP Countable and Iterator interfaces, if only to facilitate debugging by those using the container class.

If the keys used for getting and setting use characters not permitted in PHP identifiers, then use methods named get(), set(), isset(), and unset() instead of the magic methods. Due to the international flavor of Zend Framework, please carefully consider whether those speaking other languages will need to use get($propName) and set($propName, $value). Using consistently-named methods for the same purpose across multiple classes increases readability and ease of use. Mixing the $object->propName and $object->get('propName') styles, on the other hand, can lead to confusion. Pick one and be consistent.

Only implement ArrayAccess and __call() if they are relevant and do not overlap in functionality with the other accessors.

Please note
This section discusses accessing items in a container data structure, not other properties of the object wrapping the container. Accessor methods for these other properties might have different requirements. Defined extension points should be represented by normal functions to access the properties they encapsulate.

Join a project team

Zend Framework development is done on the basis of large teams working together on related components. It is our experience that having these discussions in bigger groups (which previously were held most directly with Zend) fosters an environment where ideas and proposals are more mature, and also where less work needs to be done afterward due to a significantly shortened peer review process.

Project team wiki pages

  • Team members (add yourself if your name is missing)
  • Team's components
  • Who is working on which components, including coordinators
  • Major milestones
  • Tasks needed to accomplish milestones
  • What help is needed (very important!)

Project team responsibilities

Each project team is responsible for producing status updates in the form of newsletters.

  • Zend project team members help and work with community members on each team
  • Newsletters are to be mailed to fw-general and the team-specific mailing list
  • Updates are to be published every two weeks to the wiki
  • All team members can help update the team's wiki page
  • All team members can help author a wiki page containing the status update

We need each team to study the other team's wiki pages and borrow ideas to improve their wiki team page. The pages don't need to be identical, and some things will work better for different teams. Don't be afraid to improve something someone else edited. Be creative!

Also, coordinators and everyone else should help identify tasks to list under "Help Wanted" sections. We are an open community, and each project team should be receptive and open to finding areas for community members to help.

Contribute code

Code can be submitted as patches (via the issue tracker), or directly to Subversion. See Submitting a Bug Fix. Component leads and significant contributors are given direct access to the Subversion repository. If you find yourself constantly submitting patches and having the need for greater access, ask and your request will be considered. Please read the Subversion Standards before submitting new code via Subversion.

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