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Release & Development Process

This document would give an idea how aah framework Development and Release Process. I will be improving process efficiency iteratively as project moves on.

Table of Contents

Insights

aah framework internally uses gopkg.in codebase for Package Versioning and commitment to provide stable release version in-addition to the user choice of package management tools like glide, govendor, etc.

  • Github Tag is Stable and Production ready.
  • Default branch is v0-unstable, v1-unstable, and so on. Development, Bug fix, Pull Request, happens on that.
    • Note: master is not a default branch for aah framework.
  • Branch master is kept as tidy codebase of aah framework.
  • In the being of every development iteration, version is updated from v0 set to v0-unstable (v1, etc.)
  • In the release preparation package references are updated from v0-unstable to v0 (v1, etc.)
  • Travis build, test cases and few manual dry-testing to ensure codebase is stable & ready for the release.
  • PR created from v0-unstable branch (v1, etc.) to master branch.
  • Release tag gets created from latest commit sha, typically readme file update commit of the release.

Release Cycle

  • Security fix is gets addressed and released as soon as possible, refer to how to report security issues?.
  • Bug fixes and minor enhancements are planned to release on monthly basis.
    • Please Note: If zero bug fixes then this release may not happen.
  • Feature and Enhancement is planned to release every 3 to 6 months cycle.
    • Smaller feature or enhancement might get released earlier.
    • Have a look on Roadmap.

API Stability

aah framework and it’s libraries will be maintained in a compatible way between major version unless some vital bugs prevent me from doing so. I don’t take API changes lightly.

Process to Release Framework/Library

  • Make good effort for Unit testing and code coverage
  • Check Travis Build is alright and you get green ticket on Github.
  • Execute shell script with library-name, version and release as parameters.
    • bash <(curl -s https://aahframework.org/dev-util) router v0 release
    • It basically does find and replace of v0-unstable to v0.
  • Commit it as preparing for v<version-number> release.
    • For e.g.: preparing for v0.5.2 release.
  • Update README.md with appropriate information (status icons URLs, version no, date, etc).
  • Commit it as readme update for v<version-number> release [ci skip].
    • Typically used for creating release tag with this commit sha.
    • We are building branch and master that is good enough for consistency check and release. Let’s use the Travis CI resources optimally for aah framework project.
  • Push it to repo.
  • Create a PR from branch v0-unstable to master and Merge it.
  • Update the Documentation on go-aah/docs repo.
    • On go-aah/docs branch master is always the latest release.
    • Create a branch from master for previous release.
      • These previous release branch docs are accessible from https://docs.aahframework.org by version-number.
      • For e.g.: new release v0.6 so create branch called v0.5 from master (preserving previous release docs).
    • Update the documentation on the branch master for the release and add Release Notes, Changelog and Migration Info.
    • Push it go-aah/docs repo.
  • Create a Release Tag and Publish
    • Tag name must comply with SemVer For example: v0.1, v1.0, v1.0.1 etc.
    • Release Title is v<version-number> Release.
    • In Describe release text box, put the links to official website for release notes, changelog, migration info.
    • Hit the Publish release button.
  • Refer Broadcast section about making release announcement.

Broadcast Framework Release

We have to broadcast new release of Framework on -

aah community: Framework and Libraries release.

Global Audience: Only Framework release.