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Continuous testing and deployment in Perl ( Technical Meeting October 2012)


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What is continuous deployment? …

What is continuous deployment?

What are the challenges to getting it right?

How does Perl meet/destroy those challenges?

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  • 1. ContinuousDeployment in PerlPresentation by Alex Balhatchet (KAORU)
  • 2. Intro
  • 3. What is continuous deployment?Commit Changes Deploy Changes As quickly as possible! :-) Test Changes
  • 4. Committing Changes● Use your favourite VCS● Push the changes somewhere centralized (staging/testing environment)● This should kick off a "build and test" cycle if one is not currently running
  • 5. Testing ChangesPerl is absolutely fantastic for testing.● TAP● TAP::Harness / App::Prove● Test::Builder / Test::More
  • 6. Deploying Changes● Pick your favourite deployment method● Make it as fast as possible● Make it as easy as possible
  • 7. Challenges● Fast tests● Reliable tests● Fast deployment
  • 8. Challenges● Fast tests Focus of this talk● Reliable tests● Fast deployment
  • 9. Perl Testing
  • 10. TAP::Harnessand App::Prove
  • 11. TAP::Harness and App::Prove/usr/bin/prove uses App::Prove uses TAP::Harness
  • 12. App::Prove features - basics● Run lots of tests with one command● Hide non-failure output● Run tests in parallel● Show timing information
  • 13. App::Prove features - basicsalex@karin$ prove -l -r -j 16 t/t/00-load.t .......... okt/01-backup.t ........ okt/02-delete_files.t .. okAll tests successful.Files=3, Tests=51, 1 wallclock secs ( 0.06 usr0.01 sys + 0.78 cusr 0.20 csys = 1.05 CPU)Result: PASS
  • 14. App::Prove features - advanced● Load plugins from App::Prove::Plugin::*● Save the TAP results to a .tgz archive● Save state between runs and use that state to change the order for future runs
  • 15. App::Prove features - advancedalex@karin$ prove -l -r --state=hot,all,save t/No saved state, selection will be emptyt/00-load.t .. okt/01-good.t .. okt/02-bad.t ... 1/1alex@karin$ prove -l -r --state=hot,all,save t/t/02-bad.t ... 1/1 <===== Runs first!t/00-load.t .. okt/01-good.t .. ok
  • 16. App::Prove features - advancedOther "state" options:● slow - very useful with -j N● fresh - only run the tests you need to● last - same as last run, even with --shuffle
  • 17. Test::Aggregate
  • 18. Test::Aggregate● Combine multiple .t files into a single file● Avoids compilation overhead● Therefore speeds up your tests!
  • 19. Test::Aggregate::Nested● Alpha code● Uses the fairly recently added syntax for subtests in TAP● Works really well for us!
  • 20. Test::Aggregate caveats● Breaks BEGIN and END blocks (use Scope::Guard instead!)● exit() is also a bad idea!● Be aware of Test modules which use these (Test::NoWarnings is the most common!)
  • 21. Parallelisation of Aggregated TestsCurrently closed source - sorry! The logic is: i. Split up tests into N groups ii. Copy .t files into temporary directory iii. Write temporary .t file that uses Test:: Aggregate::Nested iv. Run those tests with prove -j N
  • 22. TAP::Harness::Archive
  • 23. TAP::Harness::Archive● "isa" TAP::Harness● Stores the TAP output in a tar archive● Gives you full TAP even when running in parallel● Allows you to run your tests once and then format the results in multiple ways
  • 24. How we format our TAP● Process the output from our parallelised aggregated test runs● Match up the failures with the .t files● Write a summary in Markdown format thats later converted to HTML and emailed to us
  • 25. How you might format your TAP● TAP::Formatter::JUnit (eg. for Jenkins)● TAP::Formatter::TeamCity● TAP::Formatter::HTML
  • 26. TAP::Formatter::HTML example
  • 27. TAP::Formatter::HTML example
  • 28. Putting it alltogether
  • 29. Continuous Deployment at Lokku svn commit On test success new code is automatically pushed Deployment is one command and very quick Perl daemon notices commitParallelised and aggregated test run starts runningNicely formatted results are emailed on success or failure
  • 30. Whats next?
  • 31. Whats next?● Test::WWW::Selenium::More● Faster tests - more unit tests, fewer integration tests● Parallelised deployment
  • 32. Thanks!Any questions?