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WordPress DevOps – WordCamp Grand Rapids 2018

1. Introductions

  • Development History
    • High School
    • 1996 – Personal School Website – image maps with cgi-bin processing written in C
    • 1996 – Davisco Foods International (First Freelance Job) – static HTML site
    • College
    • 2000 – Inspiration Point Christian Camp & Retreat Center – perl for form processing, PHP template-based site
    • Post-College
    • 2002 – Cross Roads Range Christian Camp – PHP CMS
    • 2004-2006 – Church of the Lutheran Brethren of America & related ministries – PHP CMS, PHP Authorize.NET Donation Processing, osCommerce
    • 2006 – iPCS Wireless, Inc. (telecommunications) – PHP & Perl
    • 2011 – Ericsson/Sprint (telecommunications) – PHP/.NET/C#/Java
    • 2012 – Allen Extruders/SPI (manufacturing) – PHP/Ruby/C#/.NET
    • 2016 – Sprint (telecommunications) – Java/C#/.NET
  • WordPress History

2. Intro to DevOps

  • What is DevOps?
    • DevOps is a software engineering culture and practice that aims at unifying software development (Dev) and software operation (Ops).
    • DevOps is about a way of doing things not about the tools themselves.

It’s always easy to think of DevOps (or of any software industry paradigm) in terms of the tools you use; in particular, it’s very easy to think that if you use Chef or Puppet for automated configuration, Jenkins for continuous integration, and some cloud provider for on-demand server power, that you’re doing DevOps. But DevOps isn’t about tools; it’s about culture, and it extends far beyond the cubicles of developers and operators.

  • DevOps aims at shorter development cycles, increased deployment frequency, and more dependable releases, in close alignment with business objectives.
    • The point of implementing DevOps practices is about saving time, money, resources.
    • intimate understanding between the development and operations teams
  • Many DevOps initiatives focus all on automating everything. If someone has done it more than 1 time then automate it so it never has to be manually done again.
    • If we are spending all our time focusing on automating and implementing DevOps practices then the real product doesn’t launch or the real work doesn’t get done.
    • What does DevOps offer to WordPress development?
  • Increased Productivity – Developers, designers, and testers can work on solving new problems and not repeating the work needed to solve previous problems.
    • Environment – How do we establish environment standards that developers can work within and operations can easily support?
    • Repetitive Tasks – What work are developers or operations teams doing repetitively that make send to automate in some way that can be counted on and reliable?
    • Business Workflows – How can business processes and workflows be standardized?
  • Increased Quality – A team can rely on testable, reproducible, and quantitative results that can give a clear picture of the current product state.
    • Unit Tests – Requiring code that can be tested to fulfill requirements.
    • Standards – Code can be checked automatically against well define business or industry standards. (WordPress Coding Standards)
    • Business Requirements – Test and standards compliance reports can be automated to confirm business requirements are being met.
  • Reduced Time to Delivery of Releases – When standards and best practices are followed there are less mistakes and less changes required to prepare for a release.
    • Automated Tests – Tests can be run on changes or on regular business defined schedules.
    • On-Demand User Testing – Tests can be run by developers or quality control on-demand without spending time on setup.
    • More Releases – Small regularly scheduled, or planned, releases can be made on an as-needed basis.

3. What Are The First Steps

4. What Does The End State Look Like? A Plugin Example.

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  • Tools
    • NPM & Composer – Reproducible Environment
    • Grunt – Running Tasks
    • Codecov – Code Coverage Reporting
  • Configuration
    • PHP Code Sniffer – WordPress Coding Standards
    • phpcs/phpcbf
    • PHPUnit – Unit Testing
    • phpunit
    • WordPress i18n – Internationalization
    • grunt i18n (addtextdomain, makepot)
    • WordPress Readme to Markdown – GitHub & Readme maintenance alignment
    • wp_readme_to_markdown
  • Practises
    • Run Local Local Checks
    • phpunit
    • phpcs
    • phpcbf
    • Test Automation Against Development Branches
    • TravisCI – branches
    • Test Automation Against Final Release
    • TravisCI – master
  • Deployments
    • Deploying Plugin & Theme Updates Directly to Servers
    • CodeShip – rsync
    • Deploying Plugin & Theme Updates Via A Plugin
    • WordPress GitHub Plugin Updater – can select which branch to use as source for plugin updates, can install directly from GitHub
    • Deploying Plugin & Theme Updates to
    • Use a SVN pre/commit script

5. Q & A

This space will be reserved to capture questions asked at the end of the talk with the answer. Additional questions can be asked in the post comments.

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