Contribution Guidelines

As a community-driven project, we welcome further development from the community. If you are interested in developing extensions to features, programming frameworks, or metrics and tasks, please follow these steps:

1. Discuss Your Idea

  • First, check our [issue tracker]( to see if there is an existing issue related to your idea.

  • Look for tasks associated with a specific milestone like v1.0, tagged as help wanted, or without any assignees.

  • If you can’t find a related issue, open a new one to discuss your idea.

2. Get Started

  • Fork the project repository to your own GitHub account, clone your fork and configure the remotes.
    # Clone the repository from your personal fork into the current directory
    git clone<your-username>/neurobench.git
    # Go to the recently cloned folder.
    cd neurobench
    # Set the original repository as a remote named "upstream."
    git remote add upstream
  • If it has been some time since you initially cloned, ensure you obtain the most recent updates from the upstream source.:
    git checkout <remote-branch-name>
    git pull upstream <remote-branch-name>
  • Create a new branch where you’ll develop your feature, change or fix. Name it descriptively to reflect the nature of your work.
    git checkout -b <your-branch-name>

3. Development

  • Start working on your code. Make sure your work aligns with the project’s goals and scope.

4. Testing and Documentation

5. Setting Up Pre-commit

  1. Install pre-commit on your local machine. If you haven’t installed it yet, you can do so using pip:

    pip install pre-commit
  2. Set up the pre-commit hooks with the following command:

    pre-commit install

This will install the git hook scripts in your .git/ directory.

6. Running Pre-commit

Before committing your changes, run the pre-commit hooks to ensure your code is formatted and linted according to the project’s standards:

  1. Stage your changes for commit:

git add <file/directory>

Replace <file/directory> with the file(s) or directory(s) you intend to commit. You can also use git add . to stage all changes in the current directory.

  1. Run the pre-commit hooks:

pre-commit run

This command will execute all configured pre-commit hooks on the staged files. If the hooks make any modifications (e.g., auto-formatting), or if there are any errors that require manual attention, pre-commit will report back.

  1. If pre-commit has modified any files, those changes need to be restaged. This ensures that the commit includes the latest updates made by the pre-commit hooks. Restage the modified files with:

git add <modified-file>

Again, replace <modified-file> with the specific file(s) that were modified, or use git add . to stage all updates.

  1. Once all changes are staged, and pre-commit checks pass, you can proceed to commit your changes. If no further modifications were made by pre-commit, there’s no need to run git add again; you can directly commit your changes.

7. Open a Pull Request

  • Commit your code changes with a description of the specific modifications you’ve made

  • Locally merge (or rebase) the upstream remote branch into your branch:

    git pull [--rebase] upstream <remote-branch-name>
  • Push your branch up to your fork:

    git push origin <your-branch-name>
  • Open a pull request (PR) to merge your branch into the dev branch of the main repository, providing a clear and informative title and description for your PR.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the project maintainers if you have any questions or need assistance with the contribution process. We appreciate your efforts to enhance our project!