Source Code Management Interest Group Announcements

Collaborative development models on githubs

Quick note

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There are two popular models of collaborative development on GitHub:

  1. The Fork + Pull Model lets anyone fork an existing repository and push changes to their personal fork without requiring access be granted to the source repository. The changes must then be pulled into the source repository by the project maintainer. This model reduces the amount of friction for new contributors and is popular with open source projects because it allows people to work independently without upfront coordination.

  2. The Shared Repository Model is more prevalent with small teams and organizations collaborating on private projects. Everyone is granted push access to a single shared repository and topic branches are used to isolate changes.

Pull requests are especially useful in the Fork + Pull Model because they provide a way to notify project maintainers about changes in your fork. However, they're also useful in the Shared Repository Model where they're used to initiate code review and general discussion about a set of changes before being merged into a mainline branch.

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proposition for yacs on github

  • any contibutors could use the Fork+pull request model.
  • Only trusted maintainers could merge the request into yacs repository.
  • for normal purpose, maintainers use also the fork + pull request model. The job is merged by a fellow.
  • for emergency purpose, maintainers could commit directly into yacs repo.

Github features

while using pull-request github offer nice code-reviewing feature. see link below

*Sending a pull request : http://help.github.com/pull-requests/