NMatrix is part of SciRuby, a collaborative effort to bring scientific computation to Ruby. If you want to help, please do so!

This guide covers ways in which you can contribute to the development of SciRuby and, more specifically, NMatrix.

How to help

There are various ways to help NMatrix: bug reports, coding and documentation. All of them are important.

First, you can help implement new features or bug fixes. To do that, visit our roadmap or our issue tracker. If you find something that you want to work on, post it in the issue or on our mailing list.

You need to send tests together with your code. No exceptions. You can ask for our opinion, but we won't accept patches without good spec coverage.

We use RSpec for testing. If you aren't familiar with it, there's a good guide to better specs with RSpec that shows a bit of the syntax and how to use it properly. However, the best resource is probably the specs that already exist ā€“ so just read them.

And don't forget to write documentation (we use RDoc). It's necessary to allow others to know what's available in the library. There's a section on it later in this guide.

We only accept bug reports and pull requests in GitHub. You'll need to create a new (free) account if you don't have one already. To learn how to create a pull request, please see this guide on collaborating.

If you have a question about how to use NMatrix or SciRuby in general or a feature/change in mind, please ask the sciruby-dev mailing list.



To start helping with the code, you need to have all the dependencies in place:

Now, you need to clone the git repository:

$ git clone git://github.com/SciRuby/nmatrix.git
$ cd nmatrix
$ bundle install
$ rake compile
$ rake spec

This will install all dependencies, compile the extension and run the specs.

If everything's fine until now, you can create a new branch to work on your feature:

$ git branch new-feature
$ git checkout new-feature

Before commiting any code, please read our Contributor Agreement.

Guidelines for interfacing with C/C++

NMatrix uses a lot of C/C++ to speed up execution of processes and give more control over data types, storage types, etc. Since we are interfacing between two very different languages, things can get out of hand pretty fast.

Please go thorough this before you create any C accessors:

Basically, follow a practice of 'once you enter C, never look back!'.

If you have something more in mind, discuss it in the issue tracker or on this thread.

C/C++ style guide

This section is a work in progress. Add stuff to it whenever you feel that something should be stated explicitly, but isn't.


There are two ways in which NMatrix is being documented: guides and comments, which are converted with RDoc into the documentation seen in sciruby.com.

If you want to write a guide on how to use NMatrix to solve some problem or simply showing how to use one of its features, write it as a wiki page and send an e-mail on the mailing list. We're working to improve this process.

If you aren't familiar with RDoc syntax, this is the official documentation.


This guide was heavily based on the Contributing to Ruby on Rails guide.