Code Health/newsletters/Issue01Volume01


Code Health Newsletter - Issue 1 Volume 1 (published Oct 03, 2018)[edit]

The Code Health newsletter is a monthly publication provided by the Code Health Group.  The Code Health Group serves as the hub for all Code Health topics and activities within the movement.  If you are aware or engaged in Code Health activities, we'd love to hear about it.

First Responders[edit]

Staying with the Health theme, First Responders are those individuals that have made strides in improving their code's health. These efforts will hopefully act as stories of inspiration for others to take on improving their code's health.

Do you have a story to share?  Become or nominate a First Responder by submitting a task in Phabricator in the #Code-Health-First-Responder project.  If sharing inspiration isn't enough, how about a cool free First Responder t-shirt (more about that coming soon).

Code Stewardship[edit]

Code Stewardship is an approach that the Wikimedia Foundation has adopted to help ensure that components, extensions, and services that are deployed to the production infrastructure have the necessary support throughout their lifetime.

To date, the Code Stewardship review process has helped identify and find Code Stewards for 10 components, extensions, or services that were un/under-supported.  The goal is to have complete Code Steward coverage for all deployed-to-production components, extensions, and services. Although we are not there yet, we are working towards that goal every day.

This quarter's review window has closed.  More information about how to submit a review candidate is available on the Code Stewardship review process wiki page.

Latest Code Stewardship Coverage[edit]

Core Components 63%
Extensions 74%
Services 65%

Note: these numbers are based on the Developers/Maintainers page.

Code Health by the Numbers[edit]

The following are some stats regarding Code Health.  As we are early in defining/implementing our Code Health metrics, data is limited. See the Code Health Metrics project for more information. In future issues of the newsletter, we'll expand this section to include other metrics as well as trending information.

Code Coverage[edit]

0-50% 51-90% 90-100%
Extensions 71 13 4
Core Components 5 10 18
Services -- -- --

Note: As of 9/30/18 (src).

Code Health Learning Circles[edit]

Learning Circles are an effective way to share knowledge and experience with your peers.  Although Learning Circles have been done in one form or another for quite some time, we've decided to do our best to promote more Code Health related sessions.  More information about Code Health Learning Circles available here[6].

If you have a topic that you'd like to share, but want a little help with organizing, please submit a Phabricator ticket to the #Code-Health-Learning-Circles project.

Newly Added[edit]

Topic: Design Principles and Code Refactoring

Presenter: Guillaume Lederrey


Code Health Group Activities[edit]

Although the Code Health Group looks to act as a hub for all code health topics, the group also sponsors various broader reaching initiatives.

Recent Activities-[edit]

Code Health Metrics[edit]

Code Health Metrics working group has been formed.  This working group will focus on defining a core set of metrics that we can use to assess code health.  If you're interested in Code Health metrics please engage in the discussion on the Discussion page and/or IRC #wikimedia-codehealth.

Up Coming Activities-[edit]

Code Health Office Hours[edit]

The Code Health Group is sponsoring a new bi-weekly Code Health Office Hours starting October 16th at 3:00pm (15:00).  These sessions are to be held in Google Meet.

Help Wanted[edit]

Do you have a Code Health topic that you need help with?  Advice about refactoring, tech debt, unit testing, etc...  This is the place to ask for it.  Please submit a Phabricator task to the #Code-Health-Help-Wanted project and the Code Health Group will do its best to point you in the right direction.


That wraps up this inaugural issue of the Code Health Newsletter.  If you have any suggestions and/or want to see other topics, feedback is welcome.  Please just start a discussion on the discussion page.