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Getting started

Moodle uses PHP, JavaScript, SQL and a number of other Web languages, so learning those is a good place to start.

When you have some basic PHP programming skills, you may wish to start learning about how the Moodle code is organised. It is recommended that you complete the Introduction to Moodle Programming course on dev.moodle.org. To access this you will need to have an account on moodle.org first.

If you are looking for projects suggested in the tracker, look for issues with the 'addon_candidate' label.

If you are looking to make a quick contribution, look for tracker issues with marked as easy.

Please consider adopting a plugin seeking a new maintainer. See the Plugins adoption programme.

As you become more involved in Moodle development, you might like to learn more about the coding conventions used and how changes to Moodle core code are processed.

Potential projects

This evolving page lists possible Moodle projects for new developers derived from community suggestions and lists projects together with experienced core developers willing to mentor new developers.

If you have any ideas for new features in Moodle which might be suitable as projects for new developers, please see New feature ideas.

Improve SCORM plugin

There are a number of areas of SCORM that could be improved as part of a GSOC project, some of these are bigger projects and others could be combined to form a single project.

These are just some examples, take a look at the open SCORM issues in the Moodle tracker for a list of other issues.

  • Improve Grading (MDL-51086, MDL-52871, MDL-37421)
  • Improve validation of SCORM packages (MDL-38060, MDL-24057)
  • Convert YUI Treeview to use Jquery (Moodle is moving away from YUI and the existing Treeview has a few issues)
  • Choose where to send users after completing SCORM (MDL-61677)

Requirement for prospective students:

  • We require prospective students to make an attempt at fixing at least 1 issue in the Moodle tracker before their proposal can be considered. This MUST be completed before your application can be considered valid.
Skills required: PHP
Difficulty level: Medium
Possible mentor: Dan Marsden

Migrate end-to-end testing support in the Mobile app to Ionic 3

Protractor is an end-to-end test framework for AngularJS applications. Protractor runs tests against your application running in a real browser, interacting with it as a user would.

There are almost 167 e2e tests in the Mobile app (see detailed information here).

The aim of this project is to upgrade the existing end-to-end testing support in the Mobile app to Ionic 3 (the original tests were implemented for Ionic 1/AngularJS).

Tasks:

  • Upgrade the Node, Protractor and dependencies versions to be able to run tests in modern environments.
  • Update all the tests so they can run in the new version of the framework (Ionic 3)
  • Update Moodle Mobile documentation with new instructions for setting up both environments.


Requirement for prospective students:

  • We require prospective students to set-up and run in a local environment the existing tests following this documentation: Moodle Mobile End To End Testing, student must record a video of the tests running on a local machine.
  • We also require students to create an additional test (detailed instructions for writing tests are available in the previous link)


Skills required: Javascript (Angular and Ionic 3)
Difficulty level: Medium
Possible mentor: Juan Leyva

Migrate Moodle Mobile publishing scripts to Gulp tasks

Right now the Mobile app uses several scripts ([see here https://github.com/moodlehq/moodlemobile-scripts]) for common tasks related to publishing.

Those scripts should be migrated to Gulp tasks so they are available among the other tasks already implemented.

Tasks:

  • Migrate the prepare-release-version.sh script to gulp task
  • Migrate the prepare-release-integration.sh script to gulp task
  • Improve previous scripts to compile the resulting app via Phonegap Build API
  • Migrate the rest of scripts that synchronizes language translations

Requirement for prospective students:

  • We require prospective students to set-up a local development environment of the Mobile app (and run it locally) following this documentation: Setting_up_your_development_environment_for_Moodle_Mobile_2, students must provide a video or detailed screenshots including a detailed explanation of what they did to run the app locally.
Skills required: Javascript
Difficulty level: Medium
Possible mentor: Juan Leyva

Add Mobile app support to Attendance plugin

A new version of the Moodle Mobile app will be finished in May 2018 - This will provide a simpler way for plugins to add support for the Mobile app. Draft spec is available here https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=361230

Minimum requirements for this would involve the ability for teachers and students to take attendance, and for students to view their reports.

Requirement for prospective students:

  • We require prospective students to make an attempt at fixing at least 1 issue in the Moodle tracker before their proposal can be considered. This MUST be completed before your application can be considered valid.
Skills required: PHP
Difficulty level: Medium
Possible mentor: Dan Marsden

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