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Contributing to the App

The project is packaged with a light development environment based on docker-compose to help with the local development of the project and to run tests.

The project is following Network to Code software development guidelines and is leveraging the following:

  • Python linting and formatting: black, pylint, bandit, flake8, and ruff.
  • YAML linting is done with yamllint.
  • Django unit test to ensure the app is working properly.

Documentation is built using mkdocs. The Docker based development environment automatically starts a container hosting a live version of the documentation website on http://localhost:8001 that auto-refreshes when you make any changes to your local files.

Creating Changelog Fragments

All pull requests to next or develop must include a changelog fragment file in the ./changes directory. To create a fragment, use your GitHub issue number and fragment type as the filename. For example, 2362.added. Valid fragment types are added, changed, deprecated, fixed, removed, and security. The change summary is added to the file in plain text. Change summaries should be complete sentences, starting with a capital letter and ending with a period, and be in past tense. Each line of the change fragment will generate a single change entry in the release notes. Use multiple lines in the same file if your change needs to generate multiple release notes in the same category. If the change needs to create multiple entries in separate categories, create multiple files.



fix critical bug in documentation


Fixed critical bug in documentation.

Multiple Entry Example

This will generate 2 entries in the fixed category and one entry in the changed category.

Fixed critical bug in documentation.
Fixed release notes generation.
Changed release notes generation.

Branching Policy

The branching policy includes the following tenets:

  • The develop branch is the branch of the next major and minor paired version planned.
  • PRs intended to add new features should be sourced from the develop branch.
  • PRs intended to fix issues in the Nautobot LTM compatible release should be sourced from the latest ltm-<major.minor> branch instead of develop.

Nautobot Firewall Models will observe semantic versioning, as of 1.0. This may result in a quick turnaround in minor versions to keep pace with an ever-growing feature set.

Release Policy

Nautobot Firewall Models has currently no intended scheduled release schedule, and will release new features in minor versions.

When a new release, from develop to main, is created the following should happen.

  • A release PR is created from develop with:
    • Update the release notes in docs/admin/release_notes/version_<major>.<minor>.md file to reflect the changes.
    • Change the version from <major>.<minor>.<patch>-beta to <major>.<minor>.<patch> in pyproject.toml.
    • Set the PR to the main branch.
  • Ensure the tests for the PR pass.
  • Merge the PR.
  • Create a new tag:
    • The tag should be in the form of v<major>.<minor>.<patch>.
    • The title should be in the form of v<major>.<minor>.<patch>.
    • The description should be the changes that were added to the version_<major>.<minor>.md document.
  • If merged into main, then push from main to develop, in order to retain the merge commit created when the PR was merged
  • A post release PR is created with:
    • Change the version from <major>.<minor>.<patch> to <major>.<minor>.<patch + 1>-beta in both pyproject.toml and nautobot.__init__.__version__.
    • Set the PR to the proper branch, develop.
    • Once tests pass, merge.