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Setup Project

The BetonQuest Organisation recommends IntelliJ (Community Edition) as the IDE (Integrated Development Environment). The advantage of using IntelliJ is that this guide contains some steps and the project contains some files that help to fulfill our requirements regarding code and documentation style. You can still use your preferred IDE, but then you need to check on your own that your changes fulfill our requirements.

Installing IntelliJπŸ”—

First download IntelliJ and install it.

In IntelliJ go to File/Settings/Tools/Actions on Save and check the following entries:

  • Reformat code - Whole file
  • Optimize imports
  • Rearrange code
  • Run code cleanup

Check out the repositoryπŸ”—

You need a Git installation to be able to check out code from GitHub. You can follow this guide if you don't know how to install Git.

Then you should fork the BetonQuest repository to your own account on GitHub.

After you have set up the IDE, clone the BetonQuest repository from your account. You can also directly clone the repository in IntelliJ.

In case videos and images are missing after cloning

We use Git LFS to store big files like media files, so you need to install that too. Once you have executed the file that you downloaded from the Git LFS website, just run git lfs install. Then use git lfs pull to actually download the files.

Adding remote repositoryπŸ”—

In IntelliJ click on Git in the left upper corner and then Manage Remotes.... In the new window you already see a remote called origin. This remote is your fork of BetonQuest. Now add a new repository with the name upstream and the url

Setup Quest-Tutorials submoduleπŸ”—

You can skip this chapter for now, if you don't want to work on Quest-Tutorials

If you are unfamiliar with submodules you can also just clone the Quest-Tutorials as separate repo.

First of all you must create your own fork of Quest-Tutorials repo. Quest-Tutorials are located at docs/_tutorials as a git submodule. To initialize the submodule (which downloads all files), run git submodule update --init on the project's root directory.

If you setup the BetonQuest repo correctly (with your Fork as origin) this submodule will automatically point to the fork you just created. To also add the BetonQuest Quest-Tutorials repo as remote, navigate the submodules root (docs/_tutorials) and add a new remote with the name upstream and the url or use IntelliJs Manage Remotes Dialog.

You want to clone the entire repo including the submodules from the get-go?

Append --recurse-submodules to your clone command.
Make sure you have created all necessary forks before and don't forget to add the remotes for the submodule.

IntelliJ settingsπŸ”—

Formatting for .md (Markdown) files can break some features of Material for MkDocs, so we disable it for these files. Go to File/Settings/Editor/Code Style then go to the Formatter tab and add *.md to the Do not format: field.

In File/Settings/Editor/Code Style/Java navigate to the Imports tab. You will now configure when to use star imports, in general we don't want them at all, but there are some exceptions. Set Class count to use import with '*': and Names count to use static import with '*': to 9999999. And under Packages to Use Import with '*' configure the following:

Static Package With Subpackages

Now we enable some automatic checks, when you commit things, that ensures everything is fine. In the Commit tab click on the βš™ icon near the Amend checkbox. Check the following entries under Before Commit:

  • Reformat Code
  • Rearrange Code
  • Optimize Imports
  • Analyze Code
  • Check TODO (Show All)

Building the Plugin jarπŸ”—

You can build the plugin with Maven. Sometimes, IntelliJ auto-detects that BetonQuest is a Maven project. You can see a "Maven" tab on the right side of the editor if that's the case. Otherwise, do this: First, open the "Project" tab on the left site. Then right-click the pom.xml file in the projects root folder. Select "Add as Maven Project".

At this point it is always recommended to run mvn verify to check if the software builds fine before making any changes. To build the BetonQuest jar, you also run mvn verify. You can do this from the command line or use IntelliJ's Maven tab (double-click on BetonQuest/Lifecycle/verify). You can then find a BetonQuest.jar in the newly created folder /target/artifacts.

Build speed upπŸ”—

As BetonQuest has a lot of dependencies, the build can take a long time, especially for the first build. By default, the build speed up is only enabled when running Maven from the command line, but not when using IntelliJ. To enable it, go to File/Settings/Build, Execution, Deployment/Build Tools/Maven and check Use settings from .mvn/maven.config.

Build on StartπŸ”—

The first build of a day can take a while, because every version gets re-checked once every day. This is the reason, why an automatic build on startup reduces the time of following builds. It is really worth it to set it up. In IntelliJ navigate to File/Settings/Tools/Startup Tasks click on the Add button and click Add New Config. Now select Maven, set a Name like BetonQuest Resolve Dependencies and write dependency:resolve into the field Command line. Then confirm with Ok twice. Now after starting IntelliJ the BetonQuest Resolve Dependencies task should run automatically.

Building the DocumentationπŸ”—

Make sure Python3 is installed on your local system and added to the PATH environment variable. The Python installer allows you to do so with a checkbox called something like "Add Python to environment variables".

In case you are a Material for MkDocs insider (paid premium version)

You need to set two environment variables to be able to build the docs with MkDocs Material insiders.

Set MKDOCS_MATERIAL_INSIDERS to your license key to be able to install the indiders version.

When you want to see the insiders version on serve, you need to set MKDOCS_MATERIAL_INSIDERS_ENABLED to true.

Under Windows you can set environment variables with setx VARIABLE_NAME VALUE /M in the terminal. Now you need to restart IntelliJ for the changes to take effect.

Install all other dependencies by entering python config/ in the terminal on the project's root directory.

See your changes liveπŸ”—

Run this command in IntelliJ's integrated terminal (at the bottom) to create a docs preview in your browser:

mkdocs serve

Then visit to make sure that everything works.

Next StepsπŸ”—

You can now continue by Creating a new Branch, before you start changing Code or Docs.