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Use the Sign Up button to create an account and get started asking questions. Before you do, you'll want to read this helpful post on how to best ask for help. When it comes to technical problems, there is such a thing as a bad question. Or at least, a question that does not provide enough detail.
If you have a question about the material, chances are someone else has one that one too! Maybe they've already asked it here and you'll find the help you need. Maybe the question hasn't been asked yet. If you don't see an answer, make a new post about what you're looking to have answered. Questions work best when they are tied to a part of a lesson or assignment - that way, fellow community members have an easier time finding the context to your queries. While you're there, if you see any questions you have the answer to, help another learner out and answer someone's query.
When you're ready to try it, we want to work with you to make the change yourself and join us as contributors to this text.
If you're a new learner, you should make an issue on GitHub to describe the update as you suggest it.
Use these instructions to get started. Use this repository when you're ready to open an issue.
Opening Pull Requests¶
If you're more familiar with version control and GitHub specifically, we want you to make a pull request with the change you want. It's not your fastest option, but once approved, you'll have made a contribution to this open-source textbook. That's no small feat.
First, you'll need to fork the textbook repository. Once it's forked, clone the repo onto your computer and follow our instructions here to build the project and make the edits you want to see.
We try our best to keep this book up to date with the technologies this book depends on. If the book tells you to use a software version that is older than the one listed on the site to download, don't fret. There's a convention in software development called semantic versioning that accounts for software projects that evolve over time. Basically, software versions are tracked using three tiers of updates - major, minor, and patch. Patch updates happen more frequently than updates to this book. For the most part, your learning will not be affected by these kinds of changes but it's wise to make a note of this for yourself and your classmates if you notice that a solution we provide doesn't match your own in the presence of a patch update. The same can be said of minor updates but it is slightly more likely that a minor software update can cause differences in your experience to what is described in this book. If that's the case, let us know.