View Source Contributing to TypedStruct

TypedStruct is written in Elixir.

For branching management, this project uses git-flow. The main branch is reserved for releases: the development process occurs on develop and feature branches. Please never commit to main.

You can easily set up a development environment featuring all the dependencies, including Elixir and git-flow, by using Nix. This is detailed below.


Local repository

  1. Fork the repository.

  2. Clone your fork to a local repository:

     $ git clone
     $ cd typed_struct
  3. Add the main repository as a remote:

     $ git remote add upstream
  4. Checkout develop:

     $ git checkout develop

Development environment (without Nix)

Install an Elixir environment, and optionally install git-flow.

Development environment (with Nix)

  1. Install Nix by running the script and following the instructions:

     $ curl | sh
  2. Optionally install direnv to automatically setup the environment when you enter the project directory:

     $ nix-env -i direnv

    In this case, you also need to add to your ~/.<shell>rc:

     eval "$(direnv hook <shell>)"

    Make sure to replace <shell> by your shell, namely bash, zsh, …

  3. In the project directory, if you did not install direnv, start a Nix shell:

     $ cd typed_struct
     $ nix-shell

    If you opted to use direnv, please allow the .envrc instead of running a Nix shell manually:

     $ cd typed_struct
     $ direnv allow

    In this case, direnv will automatically update your environment to behave like a Nix shell whenever you enter the project directory.


If you want to use git-flow and use the standard project configuration, please run:

$ ./.gitsetup

Building the project

  1. Fetch the project dependencies:

     $ cd typed_struct
     $ mix deps.get
  2. Run the static analyzers:

     $ mix check

All the tests should pass.


To make a change, please use this workflow:

  1. Checkout develop and apply the last upstream changes (use rebase, not merge!):

     $ git checkout develop
     $ git fetch --all --prune
     $ git rebase upstream/develop
  2. For a tiny patch, create a new branch with an explicit name:

     $ git checkout -b <my_branch>

    Alternatively, if you are working on a feature which would need more work, you can create a feature branch with git-flow:

     $ git flow feature start <my_feature>

    Note: always open an issue and ask before starting a big feature, to avoid it not beeing merged and your time lost.

  3. Work on your feature (don’t forget to write typespecs and tests; you can check your coverage with mix coveralls.html and open cover/excoveralls.html):

     # Some work
     $ git commit -am "feat: my first change"
     # Some work
     $ git commit -am "refactor: my second change"
  4. When your feature is ready, feel free to use interactive rebase so your history looks clean and is easy to follow. Then, apply the last upstream changes on develop to prepare integration:

     $ git checkout develop
     $ git fetch --all --prune
     $ git rebase upstream/develop
  5. If there were commits on develop since the beginning of your feature branch, integrate them by rebasing if your branch has few commits, or merging if you had a long-lived branch:

     $ git checkout <my_feature_branch>
     $ git rebase develop

    Note: the only case you should merge is when you are working on a big feature. If it is the case, we should have discussed this before as stated above.

  6. Run the tests and static analyzers to ensure there is no regression and all works as expected:

     $ mix check
  7. If it’s all good, open a pull request to merge your branch into the develop branch on the main repository.

Coding style

Please format your code with mix format or your editor and follow this style guide.

All contributed code must be documented and functions must have typespecs. In general, take your inspiration from the existing code.

Please name your commits using Conventional Commits.