Engineering Community Team/Meetings/2012-10-09

ECT 2012-10-09 Attending: Sumana, Guillaume, Chris, Andre, Michelle, Željko copied from http://etherpad.wmflabs.org/pad/p/ECTWeekly

List of projectsEdit

  • Testing infrastructure/automation
  • Browser automated tests
  • Beta Labs
  • Feature testing efforts
  • Community testing planning
  • 20% time wrangling
  • 1.20 deployment
  • Monthly report
  • Bug triage
  • Bugzilla application management
  • Communications support
  • Tech ambassadors
  • Engineering activity documentation
  • Recruiting/hiring
  • Hackathons/events (Bangalore, future)
    • Conferences in general
  • Gerrit project owner groups
  • Recruitment/encouragement
    • GSoC
  • Dev community metrics

Who's doing what (this week)Edit

Chris: Feature testing, Browser automated tests, Beta labs, recruiting/hiring (Bringing Michelle Grover on with training, etc.) Guillaume: tech ambassadors, admin stuff Sumana: 20% time replacement proposal, Grace Hopper followup, Bangalore prep, volunteer encouragement, rampup for incoming ECT people Andre: Bugzilla app management, bug triage, ramp up Michelle: rampup! Željko: running browser based tests from Jenkins

Feature testing effortsEdit

More work with NPF/Curation now that it is running in beta labs.

Browser automated testsEdit

More discussion about the architecture of the First Official Browser Test with Željko based on Rob's suggestion of 3rd party client.

Beta labsEdit

Also have a new request to support Mobile FrontEnd in beta labs, will be exploring that with Antoine. (Antoine was out the end of last week). (It's not already there -- there are infrastructure/architecture issues.) Nontrivial to deploy to beta cluster right now. There's a BZ ticket - https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=40605 is not it, does not have enough info Had first talks with E3 team about beta labs. Chris sent out a "please use Beta labs" email; did that lead to an uptick in usage? Not much uptick, but I'd like to promote beta labs as an alternative test environment to the ee-prototype host currently in use for NPF/Curation. right now, it's only for extensions scheduled for deployment date to prod so, NPF, AFT, UW we could change that policy Beta labs changes: submit change to https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/q/status:open+project:operations/mediawiki-config,n,z (is there a backlog in reviewing those changesets?)

Community testing planningEdit

(none right now)

20% time wranglingEdit

Sumana needs to write proposal - this week

1.21 deploymentEdit

Andre to concentrate on finding recent bugs that sprang out of deployments Chris wants to work on this as a medium priority - what coverage do we have with unit tests? and what steps can we take to make deployments less risky https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki_1.21/Roadmap

Monthly reportEdit

published! https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_engineering_report/2012/September There's also a summary at https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_engineering_report/2012/September/summary which newer people might want to start with, since it and provides more context than the full report.

Bug triageEdit

Andre's starting on this https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:AKlapper/WildIdeas

Bugzilla application managementEdit

also see https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:AKlapper/WildIdeas Andre wants to clean up bug management documents FIRST

Communications supportEdit

Guillaume reviewing blog posts etc.

Tech ambassadorsEdit

Guillaume continues to collect & organize ideas. Very early draft at https://office.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Guillom/Collaboration input welcome, more specifically on the "Vision" and the "How to get there" sections. Bold edits are fine, talk page comments are great.

Engineering activity documentationEdit

updated along the monthly report

Recruiting/hiringEdit

new VEC start delayed till November :( Please tell your friends/social networks about http://jobs.wikimedia.org/ Chris - continuing to discuss WMF, features, tools, environments, etc. with Michelle Grover (new Mobile QA Engineer) (made the curriculum last week with Željko Fillipin) , and demoing beta labs in the process. New curriculum: http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/QA/first_week - maybe should be integrated into general eng onboarding. 2-3 hours/day for 5 days

  • Sumana to take a look

Hackathons/events (Bangalore & the future)Edit

Bangalore planning - November https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Bangalore_DevCamp_November_2012

Conferences in generalEdit

Sumana: Grace Hopper followup http://systers.org/systers-dev/doku.php/ghc12osdwikimedia

  • Sumana to write blog post

Gerrit project owner groupsEdit

https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Git/Gerrit_project_ownership Sumana managing

Recruitment/encouragementEdit

Sumana reaching out Sumana working on maintainership document, CoC (long run)

GSoCEdit

Now GSoC 2012 is in maintenance mode In November, will start trying to get more future students interested, do more retrospective on what's worth it/what to do next time Andre to consider trying to get into Google Code-In

Dev community metricsEdit

Quim volunteering on this; see analytics post http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/analytics/2012-October/000176.html

MiscEdit

Sumana: SF in Oct 17-28 Andre: SF in Oct 17-27 Guillaume: Possible vacation in late October or November Chris: vacation Nov 9 Fundraiser may start early Nov Željko: Citcon Budapest Friday October 19th