How to contribute to development or just build from source a FFXIV Dalamud Plugin
A lot of instructions/tutorials over-generalize their instructions to suit many situations and use jargon that new, aspiring devs may get confused about. Consider this a "vertical slice" to get you from start to finish via a linear path of progression.
The following instructions assume that the Dalamud plugin you want to contribute to is on GitHub. It also assumes that you are using Visual Studio 2022 (the latest version of VS as of writing this).
Is your trouble that you find it overwhelming to open someone else's existing huge project and know how to navigate it or know how to build the code and test out changes?