First code patch submission in a long time…

UPDATE: It got in, the patch was reviewed, updated and added to the main code base. The developer even added my name to the credits!

I submitted an issue to the Django Rest Framework project. There was a bit of a problem with the documentation’s example not reflecting the code. The oft-repeated “the docs are never updated with the code” line that other programmers like so much ran through my head.

I think the way I presented the issue was solid…providing enough detail about what I was trying to do, the code that failed, the error message that was trigged, the version of the framework I’m using, and pointing the area of the code base that potentially caused my issue:

To remedy this situation, I forked the repository, created a new branch, made the fix, and created a pull request:

Documentation is important, especially when a project has over 1000 users. Updating it should be seen the same way as fixing code or adding new features, it shouldn’t be seen as a chore. As I quoted in a previous post, “some text is better than no text”.

The author of Django Rest Framework, Tom Christie, was super quick to respond. I got a response to the issue within a few hours. The frequency of releases isn’t too bad either, it feels regular and I would definitely continue using the project over tastypie.

I haven’t submitted a patch to any project in a long time, I’ve only reported a few issues and it will be awesome if this patch is accepted.