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[personal profile] foxfirefey

As of several weeks ago, all commits to the Dreamwidth codebases have gone to our new repositories on Github:

There are a few relevant wiki documents that have been fully revised to account for this change:

  • Moving your Dreamwidth installation to use Github -- these instructions will tell you how to move your current Dreamhack/dev environment over to a Github based installation
  • Dev Maintenance -- this document tells you how to keep your Github Dreamwidth based installation (and your Dreamwidth forks) updated with the code from the Dreamwidth repositories
  • Draft: Github development process -- This is the document in the least refined state, so keep in mind that it is in stronger need of suggestions and revisions. It goes through the very basics of Git workflow. This and Dev Maintenance might eventually end up merged into one document.

We are working on getting the rest of the wiki development documentation updated (see the dw_wiki post). Feel free to comment to this post with your questions/concerns about the move!

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[staff profile] mark

Hi all,

We're here at OSCON (O'Reilly's Open Source Conference in Portland) with a bunch of the volunteers who work on Dreamwidth. Related to this, we've finally decided to force an upgrade to our Perl base version required.

[personal profile] kareila says it well:

Hello all! A few facts have recently come to our attention:

1) Perl 5.10 has a significant number of new, desirable features over Perl 5.8.

2) Perl 5.10 was released 5 years ago, so it's reasonable to assume most people are using Perl 5.10 or newer in production.

3) We are, in fact, using Perl 5.10 in production.

Therefore, we are planning to start requiring Perl 5.10 as we fix bugs and add new features in the future. If you are running a Dreamwidth installation on a version of Perl older than 5.10, now would be an excellent time to consider upgrading.

We are also considering moving to 5.12 or 5.14 soon. We need to do some more investigation and also validate the system on those versions. But for now, consider 5.10 as required.

Thanks!

mark: A photo of Mark kneeling on top of the Taal Volcano in the Philippines. It was a long hike. (Default)
[staff profile] mark
Hi all,

This is important. Please note!

If you are going to be touching bin/upgrading/update-db-general.pl (and related scripts) -- you must respect the way this script works -- i.e., this script should never make any changes unless the -r flag is provided or it prompts the user running it.

This script is designed to be run by admins before code pushes, and it's supposed to spit out the "this is what I'm going to do" information. That way the admin can run it to see what might happen before it happens. It's not safe to just have it execute SQL without that flag.

This is a safety issue. I just ran it on production and it made some changes (regarding fixing certain edges) without warning me or requiring me to use the run flag. That's scary. :)

Thanks!
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[personal profile] foxfirefey
Bug 3532, the jQuerify journals bug, is moving towards completion. On the next code push, there will be a post to [site community profile] dw_beta for any remaining issues people are having. They'll be fixed and/or filed, depending on urgency, so that we can then turn on the jQuery for everyone, while still giving people a chance to turn the jQuery off. I imagine once all the issues are taken care of, the old journal Javascript will be deprecated and then removed.

For development, this means patches for old journal Javascript will no longer be accepted. If you see a bug open for old journal JS, it can be closed. (Don't do that if it's something that involves doing JS for the new JQuery version, though.)

Extra info on: Why JQuery-izing? )
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[personal profile] pauamma
So Dreamwidth has an incomplete implementation of the LJ::EventLogRecord and LJ::EventLogSink system. Specifically, it's missing LJ::EventLogSink and LJ::EventLogSink::*, and thus doesn't do anything now except waste CPU time and RAM (assuming it's even used anywhere - it's disabled in the stock etc/config*.pl and in the Dreamwidth production configuration). (Note: this has no connection with the ESN system.)

If completed (mostly by importing the missing bits from LiveJournal), it would let us:
- selectively log to the database events listed in http://code.livejournal.org/trac/livejournal/browser/trunk/cgi-bin/LJ/EventLogRecord/
- feed some or all of the same events to an indexer (for full text search of journals) in a way similar to http://code.livejournal.org/trac/livejournal/browser/trunk/cgi-bin/LJ/EventLogSink/SearchIndexer.pm

So it has potential uses if completed, but since Dreamwidth has its own indexer/search engine and no one called for completing it, I think we may as well remove it. Does anyone see any reason for completing it instead? Completing it would mean reverting part of bug 164 - the database logging would still stay out, but the feed-to-indexer bits would return, probably in a modified form).

What do y'all think?
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[personal profile] pauamma
So Perl 5.14 was released today, and Perl 5.10 (and Perl 5.8) is no longer maintained. This raises the question: which version(s) of Perl should we allow, recommend, or use in development and production?
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[personal profile] fu
We just released a beta-test of the jQuery implementation on journals. You can turn it on by going to the Dreamwidth Beta page.

You can test even if you're not a dev-type, but please don't spread this link around too widely just yet. There's still a lot left unimplemented (most notably quick reply), and until the most widely-used user-facing bits are done, it's going to seem pretty broken.

(I'd rather not have random people who don't see the warning in this entry come away with the impression that we all just broke / are planning to break Dreamwidth).

When things are ready to go public, we will be setting up a public beta procedure, and post in the appropriate locations. For now, please if you go turn on beta, expect only comment moderation and deletion to work :)

You'll probably want to save the link so you can go turn it off at will.


For developers, I've put up on the wiki some instructions for putting future features in beta.


There's a lot of ways to set up code in jQuery; here are some things that have been working for me. Putting up for discussion; I'd like to start setting up guidelines to make it easier to get started quickly, soon.
thoughts on standardizing jQuery implementation )
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[staff profile] mark
Recently we had a bit of confusion in Bugzilla about exactly who does what, who's responsible for what, and when it might be appropriate to circumvent someone else's priority in order to get something done more quickly. (Read: step in on someone else's bug to fix something.)

The situation: let's say that [staff profile] denise writes a patch. Then [personal profile] afuna comes along and commits that patch. A week later, I push it live, woo! It turns out, oh noes!, there was a bug in that code that went live. Who is responsible for fixing this?

The short and correct answer is: once code has gone live on the site and contains a bug, it is everybody's responsibility to ensure a timely fix is made.

When it comes down to it, this is a balancing act between Dreamwidth the community project and Dreamwidth the business. We spend most of our time optimizing for the former because I believe that's the right thing to do. However, from time to time, we have to make concessions in the name of the latter. (Example, I'd much rather be working on some features right now, but I need to do the payment system. Also, The review queue needs some serious work, but alas, I have to deprioritize it for a little while!)

This balancing act comes to the front again when we talk about the difference between code that is still theoretical (in Bugzilla as patches) and code that is live and available for users to interact with. As soon as code is live, I expect anybody who can step in to fix problems to do so, and I expect people who submit patches to understand that once it goes live, they lose a lot of that ownership that they are given while working on it to begin with.

I don't want people being afraid to fix bugs because of code/bug ownership or interpersonal issues -- we're all on the same team here. We're all working together to make sure this site continues to be as amazing as it has been, to keep a wonderful home for us and our friends, etc etc. This is something that is going to take people working together to accomplish, and 'this is my bug, go away' can be counter-productive to those goals in some cases.

Now, also consider that it does depend somewhat on the severity of the bug in question. If it's a minor issue (colors/font wrong, text out of place, ugly, etc) then you should ask the original author first before you touch the bug and start fixing it. It's just polite. In this example, Denise put all her time into the original feature or fix, more than likely she feels bad that it was broken and would like the opportunity to fix it. If Afuna swoops in and fixes it, that hinders Denise's ability to learn and it doesn't let her fully resolve the issue. (If in doubt on priority, ask Denise or me -- we'll be happy to tell you.)

But, and I want to stress this again, the decision on priority is going to be one that is fuzzy. Denise may think the bug is not worth an immediate fix from someone else, but Afuna might think it is. If Afuna comes in and fixes it, then Denise might be annoyed, but Afuna did nothing wrong. If the priority was wrongly determined, feel free to point that out and discuss it, but let's avoid any anger and frustration: everybody here did the right thing and was working to the betterment of the site.

Does anybody have any thoughts on this subject? I'm happy to discuss it and try to find something that elegantly balances the priorities and needs of the project with the goals and desires of our development community.
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[staff profile] mark
Just like we attribute each commit to the person who submitted it, if it's a codemerge from LJ or some other site, it is required that we annotate that in the commit.

"Patch from LiveJournal."

That sort of thing. Please remember to do this, and if you haven't done it anywhere, it'd be great if you could go back and edit the changelog posts to include this note.

Thanks!

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