Contributing to sbt
Below is a running list of potential areas of contribution. This list
may become out of date quickly, so you may want to check on the
sbt-dev mailing list if you are interested in a specific topic.
There are plenty of possible visualization and analysis
- There is support for dependencies on external projects, like on
GitHub. To be more useful, this should support being able to update
the dependencies. It is also easy to extend this to other ways of
retrieving projects. Support for svn and hg was a recent
contribution, for example.
- If you like parsers, sbt commands and input tasks are written using
custom parser combinators that provide tab completion and error
handling. Among other things, the efficiency could be improved.
- The javap task hasn’t been reintegrated
- Implement enhanced 0.11-style warn/debug/info/error/trace commands.
Currently, you set it like any other setting:
set logLevel := Level.Warn
: set Test / logLevel := Level.Warn
You could make commands that wrap this, like:
Also, trace is currently an integer, but should really be an abstract
- Each sbt version has more aggressive incremental compilation and
reproducing bugs can be difficult. It would be helpful to have a mode
that generates a diff between successive compilations and records the
options passed to scalac. This could be replayed or inspected to try to
find the cause.
- There’s a lot to do with this documentation. If you check it out
from git, there’s a directory called Dormant with some content that
needs going through.
- the main page mentions external project references (e.g.
to a git repository) but doesn’t have anything to link to that explains
how to use those.
- API docs are much needed.
- Find useful answers or types/methods/values in the other docs, and
pull references to them up into /faq or /Name-Index so people can
find the docs. In general the /faq should feel a bit more like a
bunch of pointers into the regular docs, rather than an alternative
to the docs.
A lot of the pages could probably have better names, and/or little
2-4 word blurbs to the right of them in the sidebar.