In this page, we present the Scilab Forge and its associated tools.
What is the Forge ?
Scilab forge is a tool for external modules developers to help them in their development work: http://forge.scilab.org
The Scilab Forge is the place where we can share the source code of Scilab projects. It provides several components to facilitate the development. It provides
- a source code revision system (SVN or GIT),
- a Download system (to release source archives, documents in pdf form, binaries),
- documentation pages (as a wiki),
- a bug tracker.
The Forge lets developers work on a common source code as a team, even if the developers are not in the same location.
When we use the Forge as a regular Scilab user, we can
- download the releases,
- report bugs,
- browse the source code with a web browser.
When we use the Forge as a developer, it is mandatory to be familiar with version management systems such as SVN or GIT. With this in mind, the developer can
- update the source code with SVN or GIT,
- manage the bug reports,
- upload the releases.
An Example of Project
The Metanet project on the Forge is a good example of a project:
There are 3 administrators and 2 developers. The issues are managed on this page :
where there are some bugs which are fixed (closed) and some bugs which are still opened.
We can see the source code online:
We can download a zip of a release of the sources on the Downloads section:
How to get help ?
The main help page on the Forge is there: http://forge.scilab.org/index.php/help/
What is SVN ?
SVN stands for SubVersion. It is a system which allows to manage the versions of files in a directory. This way, a team can share the same sources and work on the same files, without having to synchronize the changes manually (i.e. without sending files by e-mails...). It allows us to work on the same files, even if we are physically working at different places. This is not difficult and you can be setup in a few minutes.
How to create a new project ?
Send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Your login
- Project name
- Project shortname (It must be unique for each project and composed only of letters, digits and dash (-) like my-project.)
- Project repository type : git or subversion
How to create a project on the Forge ?
The first step is to create an account on the Forge :
Once you have an account, create a project and configure the developers of the project.
There are two levels of developers:
- The developer of the project can use the project to download/upload the source code. A developer has access to the following tabs: Project Home, Downloads, Documentation, Issues, Source, Code Review
- The administrator of the project has all the rights on the project. The administrator has an extra access to a "Project Management" tab, with the following controls: Project Summary, Downloads, Documentation, Issue Tracking, Source, Project Members, Tabs Access and Notifications.
What password to use to commit with SVN ?
The password that we use when we login to the Forge is different from the password that we use to commit to a SVN project on the Forge. In order to retrieve this specific password, apply the following recipe.
Go on the main page of your project, then go to Source > How to Get The Code.
- See the link "To get write access to the repository, you need to use your username and your extra password."
- Click on "extra password".
- Then Click on "Show API key and extra password.".
- Copy the characters which are next to : "Extra password:" into the SVN login/password dialog.