Collaborate and Contribute to Open Source Projects with GitHub Pull Requests

GitHub Pull Requests are a powerful tool for collaborating with others on a software project. Pull requests allow developers to propose changes to a project's codebase and collaborate with the project maintainers to review, discuss, and merge those changes into the main branch of the project's code repository.

You can even get automated summaries of the code in plain wnglish by using external services like What The Diff. It provides a summary of the changes in english and makes reviewing code a breeze.

To use pull requests, you will need to have a GitHub account and be familiar with the basics of using Git, the version control system that powers GitHub. Once you have a GitHub account and have cloned a repository to your local machine, you can create a pull request by following these steps:

  1. Create a new branch in your local repository for your proposed changes. This is where you will make your changes and test them before submitting them for review.
$ git checkout -b my-new-branch
  1. Make your changes to the code in your local repository, using your preferred code editor or IDE. Be sure to commit your changes to the new branch you created.
$ git add .
$ git commit -m "Add my new changes"
  1. Push your changes to the remote repository on GitHub. This will create a new branch on the remote repository with your changes.
$ git push origin my-new-branch
  1. Go to the GitHub repository where you pushed your changes and click the "Compare & pull request" button. This will open a new page where you can review your changes and submit them for review.

  2. Fill out the pull request form, providing a description of your changes and any relevant information for the project maintainers. You can also add reviewers or assignees to the pull request to notify specific users about your changes.

  3. Submit the pull request, and wait for the project maintainers to review your changes. They may provide feedback or suggestions for changes, and you can discuss and iterate on your changes with them using the GitHub interface.

Once the project maintainers are satisfied with your changes, they will merge your pull request into the main branch of the repository. This will incorporate your changes into the project's codebase, and they will be available to all users who clone or download the repository.

Pull requests are a great way to collaborate with others on a software project, and they make it easy to track, discuss, and merge changes to a project's codebase. Whether you're a seasoned developer or new to the world of software development, learning how to use pull requests can greatly improve your ability to work on and contribute to open source projects.