Alpine City Strategic Sprint 2016 – personal report

This past five days I had the pleasure the be part on the last Plone sprint: Alpine City Strategic Sprint 2016, what a blast!

In the following days, the amazing never running out of steam, Jens will report back to the community. A partial/preview report already exists for the impatient ones (disclaimer: I made it, so there’s probably quite a few things missing).

Below I will make a summary of what I achieved thanks to being part of the sprint.

Work done

Jenkins/CI

  • bring back node4 on Jenkins: meaning that we can run more jobs at the same time, really handy for a sprint or at release time/high activity!
  • quickly update (totally untested, so dragons ahead) ZODB, Zope, ZTK and CMF jenkins jobs, now they are bundled  together in a tab. Pointers on how to make them reliable/improve them highly appreciated, submit tickets for it so we can keep track of them
  • create jenkins jobs for PLIPs being worked on during the sprint. In retrospect they took me less than 5 minutes of work1 and they proved to be extremely helpful. Pro tip: whenever working on a new PLIP ask for a jenkins job!
  • create more jenkins jobs for checking, and reporting back, code analysis on distributions (more about it on a follow-up post)

collective.indexing

Fortunately all the above took less than one or two hours, my main task during the sprint was, together with Maik, bring collective.indexing in Plone core without having to add yet another package2. Please read the PLIP description, linked above, to know the scope of it.

As of now we are down to one single test failure! We are highly appreciated on creative ways to solve that last one…

Not only work

A sprint is way more than just sitting in front of a laptop and coding!

Lots of interesting discussions where held, we had lots of fun, we did some sightseeing and enjoyed being together.

And after that I can only say that Plone’s future is brighter than ever has been!

As a personal pet peeve, we finally agreed (?) on how to sort imports! :-)

Last words go to Jens and Christine for taking so much care on preparing everything and being so open and helpful at any time, thanks!

  1. thanks to jenkins-job-builder []
  2. which our release manager will probably welcome for a change []