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Your contribution is welcomed and appreciated. Contributing to this project is as easy as:

  • Discussing the current state of the code
  • Proposing new features
  • Reporting an issue or bug
  • Submitting a fix
  • Creating a new report module

Intro to Git and GitHub

Develop with GitHub

This project uses GitHub to host code, to track issues and feature requests, as well as accept pull requests.

We use GitHub Flow to collaborate and to propose changes to the codebase. We actively welcome your pull requests.

Forks and Pull Requests

GitHub fosters collaboration through the notion of pull requests. On GitHub, anyone can fork an existing repository into their own user account, where they can make private changes to their fork. To contribute these changes back into the original repository, a user simply creates a pull request in order to "request" that the changes be taken "upstream".

Additional references:

Version control branching

  • Always create a new branch for your work, no matter how small.
  • Avoid submitting unrelated changes (bug fixes & new features) in the same branch/pull request.
  • Base your new branch off of the appropriate branch on the dev repository.

How to submit a contribution

If you wish to discuss ways in which to contribute to the AsBuiltReport project, you may raise an issue within the relevant repository, or email us.

Creating quality pull requests

A good quality pull request will have the following characteristics:

  • When you create a pull request, include a summary about your changes in the PR description. The description is used to create change logs, so try to have the first sentence explain the benefit to end users. If the changes are related to an existing GitHub issue, please reference the issue in the PR description (e.g. Fix #11)
  • It's recommended to avoid a PR with too many changes. A large PR not only stretches the review time, but also makes it much harder to identify issues. In such case, it's better to split the PR to multiple smaller ones. For large features, try to approach it in an incremental way, so that each PR won't be too big.
  • Add a meaningful title of the PR describing what change you want to check in. Don't simply put: "Fix issue #5". Also don't directly use the issue title as the PR title. An issue title is to briefly describe what is wrong, while a PR title is to briefly describe what is changed. A better example is: "Add Ensure parameter to New-Item cmdlet", with "Fix #5" in the PR's body.

  • Please use the present tense and imperative mood when describing your changes:

    • Instead of "Adding support for Windows Server 2012 R2", write "Add support for Windows Server 2012 R2".
    • Instead of "Fixed for server connection issue", write "Fix server connection issue".
  • It will have a title that reflects the work within, and a summary that helps to understand the context of the change.
  • There will be well written commit messages, with well crafted commits that tell the story of the development of this work.
  • Ideally it will be small and easy to understand. Single commit PRs are usually easy to submit, review, and merge.
  • The code contained within will meet the best practices set by the team wherever possible. If in doubt, please contact us.

Submitting pull requests

Always create a pull request to the dev branch of a repository.

  1. Fork an AsBuiltReport repository. The example below uses the main AsBuiltReport.Core repository in the command examples.
  2. Add as a remote named upstream.
    • git remote add upstream
  3. Create your feature branch from dev.
  4. Work on your feature.
    • Update in the repository you have worked in with add / remove / fix / change information
    • Update in the repository you have worked in with any new information, such as features, instructions, parameters and/or examples
  5. Squash commits into one or two succinct commits.
    • git rebase -i HEAD~n # n being the number of previous commits to rebase
  6. Ensure that your branch is up to date with upstream/dev.
    • git checkout <branch>
    • git fetch upstream
    • git rebase upstream/dev
  7. Push branch to your fork.
    • git push --force
  8. Open a Pull Request against the dev branch of a repository. We have Pull Requests templates in all repositories for this project. Please follow the template with each Pull Request.

Pull requests will be reviewed as soon as possible.

Reporting Issues and Bugs

GitHub issues is used to track issues and bugs. Report a bug by opening a new issue in the relevant AsBuiltReport repository.

Due diligence

Before submitting a bug, or raising an issue, please do the following;

  • Perform basic troubleshooting steps:
    • Read the documentation. Ensure you have read the README documentation within the relevant report repository. Check the Supported Versions, System Requirements and Module Installation sections.
    • Make sure you're running the latest version. If you’re not on the most recent version, your problem may have been solved already! Upgrading is always the best first step.
    • Review dependencies. If the release in question has other dependencies (e.g. vendor PowerShell modules) try upgrading/downgrading those as well.
    • Use Verbose parameter. Add -Verbose parameter to the command line to see if the issue can be identified via the output.
    • Disable report InfoLevels. Edit the report config and set all InfoLevels to 0. Gradually increase InfoLevel values for each section individually, until you are able to recreate the issue.
    • Try older versions. If you’re already on the latest release, try rolling back a few minor versions (e.g. if on 1.7, try 1.5 or 1.6) and see if the problem goes away. This will help narrow down when the problem first arose in the commit log.
  • Search the open and closed issues within the relevant repository to make sure it’s not a current or previous known issue.

What to include in your issue report

To make sure your issue gets the attention it deserves, please consider the information requested below as the bare minimum; more information is almost always better! Issues with missing information may be ignored or pushed back to you, delaying a resolution.

Great issue and bug reports tend to have:

  • A quick summary and/or background of the issue
  • Software versions you are using;
    • AsBuiltReport module versions (e.g. AsBuiltReport.Core v1.2.0 & AsBuiltReport.VMware.vSphere v1.3.1)
    • PowerShell versions (e.g. Windows PowerShell 5.1)
    • Operating System versions (e.g. Windows Server 2016 Version 1607)
  • Steps to reproduce the issue;
    • Be specific
    • Provide the full command line you are executing
    • Give sample code if you can
    • Upload a screenshot if possible
  • What you expected would happen
  • What actually happens
  • Notes (possibly including why you think this might be happening, or steps you have performed to resolve the issue)

Code Contributions

Code Editor

We highly encourage you use the multi-platform code editor Visual Studio Code (VS Code) when developing code for AsBuiltReport.

Use a Consistent Coding Style

Code contributors should follow the PowerShell Guidelines wherever possible to ensure scripts are consistent in style.

Use PSScriptAnalyzer to check code quality against PowerShell Best Practices.


  • Use PascalCasing for all public member, type, and namespace names consisting of multiple words.
  • Use custom label headers within tables, where required, to make easily readable labels.
  • Favour readability over brevity.
  • Use PSCustomObjects to store data that will be exported to a PScribo table. This helps with readability.

    • Use the following structure to create tables

      Creating tables with PSCustomObject
          # Create the PSCustomObject
          $myObject = [PSCustomObject]@{
              Name     = 'Tim'
              Language = 'PowerShell'
              City = 'Melbourne'
              State    = 'Victoria'
              Country = 'Australia'
          # Set the table parameters - Table name, type & column widths
          # A list table is set and column widths are evenly set at 50% for each column
          $TableParams = @{
              Name = 'User Info'
              List = $true
              ColumnWidths = 50, 50
          # This code snippet must be included for options to show table captions
          if ($Report.ShowTableCaptions) {
              $TableParams['Caption'] = "- $($TableParams.Name)"
          # Output PSCustomObject to table using defined parameters
          $myObject | Table @TableParams
  • Set ColumnWidths for all tables to improve formatting and readability. Try to maintain a consistent style throughout the report. Cell text will word wrap. List tables should generally use column widths of 50, 50.

  • Sort primary object properties in alphanumeric order.
  • Try to perform all safe commands (Get-*, Get API call, etc) at the start of a report script so it can easily be seen what data is being collected.
  • Use comments written in English, but don't overdo it. Comments should serve to your reasoning and decision-making, not attempt to explain what a command does.
  • Maintain a change log as per these guidelines. The change log should be named


  • Do not include functions within report scripts. Individual script files should be created as a private function and be stored in the \Src\Private folder.


By contributing, you agree that your contributions will be licensed under the MIT License.