How to start with GHC development?
wren ng thornton
wren at freegeek.org
Sat Dec 15 07:14:17 CET 2012
On 12/14/12 10:56 AM, Gershom Bazerman wrote:
> On 12/14/12 9:44 AM, Simon Peyton-Jones wrote:
>> This thread has made it clear that we should do more to help people
>> find a "way in" to GHC. Here is what I have done:
>> ·Started a GHC Reading List page
>> <http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/wiki/ReadingList>, giving
>> background reading. It's just a start; there are many gaps. I would
>> love it if you would all help fill it out. It's a wiki.
>> ·Amplified the Working on GHC
>> <http://hackage.haskell.org/trac/ghc/wiki/WorkingConventions> page.
>> Again, please help make it more useful. It's a wiki.
>> What else would help? If the answer is X, can anyone help do X?
> Something else that I think would be useful is a long-term 'wishlist'
> for ghc, consisting of modest goals from an engineering standpoint.
> A sense of this might help interested contributors to decide where to
> direct their efforts.
I agree wholeheartedly. A lot of times fixing bugs requires one to
already have a good idea how everything is structured. And research
features require one to be interested/able to do research. In my
experience with other projects, the more mid-term engineering tasks tend
to be a great place to get started.
Now, I wonder, how should we go about setting this up? Wiki pages are
good for the more long-term or more visionary sorts of goals, but
they're too liable to get out of date for the short- and mid-term
engineering goals. The bug tracker already has a listing for "tasks"
rather than "bugs". Perhaps we should be advertising that more? Or
should we tweak the tracker settings to provide a better venue for these
sorts of tasks? The latter would make it easy to have a wiki page on
teaching folks how to search for tasks appropriate to their comfort level...
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