Developing with Silva

Silva development short

Full Silva developer documentation

The Silva developer documentation site is generated with Sphinx and therefore always up-to-date with the code changes. On the site you will find documentation about the API of Silva, how to write Silva extensions, how to write your own Silva theme, how to set up a Silva development environment, ..., etc.

Silva API documentation

Silva has a very robust and clean API, writing Silva Extensions is therefore very easy and straightforward for every experienced developer. It makes developers eager to create new extensions and extend Silva. The API is well documented and more information can be found on the developer documentetion site.

Silva code style

Coding for Silva is done respecting the coding style, which will feel for every developer as most common sense for coding. Have a look at the complete Silva coding style.

Developer tools

What do you need to get started writing Silva code, and some best practices?

  • A code editor, use one you like and feel comfortable in (Emacs, VI(m), Eclipse, Komodo, ..., etc.)
  • Use spaces and not tabs in your code
  • Use UTF-8 encoding
  • A system with all dependencies installed (version control clients, ...)
  • Always read the README.txt of the software you're working on (or other written documentation within the product)
  • Read the developer documentation if you're working on Silva or a Silva Extension
  • Write tests for your code to prove your code is indeed perfect

Setting up a Silva development environment

To setup a Silva development environment we advice to use buildout to set it up using a development profile. Have a look at Installing Silva with Buildout on how to achieve this.

Code base

Silva Trac repository

Subversion repository

Mercurial (HG) repository

GitHub repository


Bugs for Silva can be found on launchpad, you can also report bugs there. If you would like to fix a bug, feel free to contact the community and contribute .