# Contributing Please note that this project is released with a [Contributor Code of Conduct](https://github.com/adafruit/circuitpython/blob/master/CODE_OF_CONDUCT.md). By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms. Participation covers any forum used to converse about CircuitPython including unofficial and official spaces. Failure to do so will result in corrective actions such as time out or ban from the project. ## Licensing By contributing to this repository you are certifying that you have all necessary permissions to license the code under an MIT License. You still retain the copyright but are granting many permissions under the MIT License. If you have an employment contract with your employer please make sure that they don't automatically own your work product. Make sure to get any necessary approvals before contributing. Another term for this contribution off-hours is moonlighting. ## Getting started CircuitPython developer Dan Halbert (@dhalbert) has written up build instructions using native build tools [here](https://learn.adafruit.com/building-circuitpython). For SAMD21 debugging workflow tips check out [this learn guide](https://learn.adafruit.com/debugging-the-samd21-with-gdb) from Scott (@tannewt). ## Developer contacts Scott Shawcroft ([@tannewt](https://github.com/tannewt)) is the lead developer of CircuitPython and is sponsored by [Adafruit Industries LLC](https://adafruit.com). Scott is usually available during US West Coast working hours. Dan Halbert ([@dhalbert](https://github.com/dhalbert)) and Kattni Rembor ([@kattni](https://github.com/kattni)) are also sponsored by [Adafruit Industries LLC](https://adafruit.com) and are usually available during US East Coast daytime hours including some weekends. They are all reachable on [Discord](https://adafru.it/discord), GitHub issues and the [Adafruit support forum](https://forums.adafruit.com/viewforum.php?f=60). ## Code guidelines We aim to keep our code and commit style compatible with MicroPython upstream. Please review their [code conventions](https://github.com/micropython/micropython/blob/master/CODECONVENTIONS.md) to do so. Familiarity with their [design philosophy](https://github.com/micropython/micropython/wiki/ContributorGuidelines) is also useful though not always applicable to CircuitPython. Furthermore, CircuitPython has a [design guide](https://circuitpython.readthedocs.io/en/latest/docs/design_guide.html) that covers a variety of different topics. Please read it as well.