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7 Adding New Features

Some simple guidelines for adding new, nontrivial features:

  1. Add a bugzilla feature enhancement bug for the feature.
  2. Before working on the new feature, make sure there aren't any existing user-suggested features in Bugzilla that should be worked on first.
  3. Always write the user documentation for the new feature before you write the code. This will allow you to flesh out any user interaction problems before writing a ton of code.
  4. Code up the new feature. If the new feature is going to create a lot of changes spread across different files, create a feature branch using the standard Subversion branch and merge commands.
  5. Sufficiently test the the new feature.
  6. Integrate the new feature and new documentation into the current TRUNK or release branch of PPW, whichever is appropriate.