How to help with Kate development
How to Build Kate
Kate can easily be build on a current Linux distribution, we provide a tutorial about building Kate and the needed dependencies for this. For other operating systems, the same page page provides extra links with information.
For contributions, the best way to hand them in is via our GitLab instance invent.kde.org.
How to set it up and use it is documented in the invent.kde.org documentation.
If you want to get an overview about already accepted patches to get a feel how the process works, take a look at our merge requests page. Visiting some of these accepted requests might help to have a better grasp of project's workings.
Areas of work
The main work area is the programming, but if you are not a programmer you can help in many other areas:
- Write and maintain documentation.
- Write and maintain syntax highlight files.
- Write and maintain scripts.
- Maintain bug reports.
- Provide us with useful feedback.
- Help us by helping KDE. As a part of KDE, Kate benefits from the KDE as a whole, apart from the excellent integration provided by KDE the help from the KDE translation team is invaluable.
C/C++ Coding Standards
The code in our repositories shall follow the style described for KDE Frameworks.
The CMake tooling we use will setup appropriate pre-commit hooks to ensure this style using clang-format.
Documenting your code
We use Doxygen syntax to document code, and it’s nice to document everything, even private code, since other people than you might get to work on it or just try to understand it.
For comments inside of functions, C++ single-line comments are preferred over multi-line C comments.
Good starting points
You can take a look at our current list of issues, perhaps you are interested in taking care of one.