Readers/Web/Team/Pushing production code from beta to stable
The reading web team use Extension:BetaFeatures and the built in MobileFrontend beta mode ($wgMFEnableBeta = true;) to test, validate code against real users and gain feedback. When we are comfortable with a new change we push it from the beta to production environment.
- Via EventLogging get a sense of how a feature performs
- Allow time for translators to translate a feature
- Test features against real data / edge cases.
- Allow time for real users to provide feedback
Developing features behind feature flags or for beta
- Keep code sandboxed from stable. Use ResourceLoader modules and the SkinMinervaBeta class for mobile (or hooks for desktop). This will minimise regressions to production code.
- Feature flag features. All features should be feature flagged, even those in deployment. As a code reviewer and code author it is your duty to ensure this happens!
- Allow time for i18n messages to be collected. Make sure they are in the repository and feature flagged for at least 2 weeks
Pushing to stable
- Make sure when pushing code to stable that browser tests are in place
- When replacing existing features be sure to remove old browser tests
- Avoid changing any message keys or ResourceLoader module names to avoid hitting caching problems (see below)
Optimise for allowing reverts
All features, regardless of whether they are new or are replacing existing ones should be behind feature flags.
When a feature is flipped on, it should always be assumed that something may go wrong post deployment and that it may need to be reverted back.
Process for deployment
- Allow a possible revert path for any change, regardless of how certain you are it is working.
- The Product manager, Quality assurance (if available) and designer should be engaged as soon as a feature is pushed to production. A card should be signed off in the current sprint before the close of play on Wednesday, the day before it rolls out to production for all users.
Signing off changes
- Retain any old code for at least 2 weeks, to aid any necessary reverts, then remove from the repository.
- Remove EventLogging within a month.
- Ideally we should be able to collect all data we need within a month.