Sure you can!I felt like that too!Its not that hard…
Go to an OpenSource Hacknight!Thanks, Johannes Edelstam :)We should have more of those.
Find something you want to fix, then…open http://github.com/rails/railsSearch issues and pull requests – dont duplicate work
Set up a local copyFirst, fork RailsClone your repoAdd github.com/rails/rails as upstream git remote
Get the tests runningUse rvm or rbenv – tests give some warnings in 1.9.Bundle install – I got warnings about journey, but it works.Bundle exec rake test – takes about 30 mins on my laptop.
Create a branch and go to workPick a good branch name. Others will see it.Clear, concise code as always! Follow the Rails coding style.Write tests, and make sure all tests pass.Have someone else look at the code. (Thanks, David Billskog)
Push to github & do a Pull RequestFirst, fetch from upstream and rebase your work.Push your branch to origin – your github repo.Go to your new branch on github.Push the magic Pull Request button.
Pull Request primerExplain your code and why it should be merged into Rails.Your message starts a discussion thread.If you need to make changes, do them and push them. Thepull request will be automatically updated.Help the Rails team. Be kind. In return, theyll help you.
But theres a quicker way…Add a new remote docrails: email@example.com:lifo/docrails.gitCreate a new docrails branch, set to track docrails remote.Make documentation fixes and push them straight up.Boom! Youre a contributor!
Now youre one of THEM http://contributors.rubyonrails.org/
Resources RailsGuides: Contributing to Ruby on Railshttp://guides.rubyonrails.org/contributing_to_ruby_on_rails.html Rails BugMash Guide http://bugmash.com/BugMashManual.pdfRailscasts #300 Contributing to Open Source http://railscasts.com/episodes/300