[Pulp-dev] Ideas for the plugin template

Ina Panova ipanova at redhat.com
Mon Jun 18 12:47:20 UTC 2018



Ina Panova
Software Engineer| Pulp| Red Hat Inc.

"Do not go where the path may lead,
 go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."

On Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 10:19 PM, Bihan Zhang <bizhang at redhat.com> wrote:

> +1
> I think the plugin_template is very valuable for bootstrapping plugin
> development, but we have had issues with keeping it up to date. Creating a
> smash test that will enforce this on new PRs make perfect sense to me.
> On Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 11:29 AM, Austin Macdonald <austin at redhat.com>
> wrote:
>> I've recently updated the plugin_template to work with the latest
>> master (3.0). [0] The template handles almost all of the bootstrapping
>> work necessary to write a new plugin, so it is valuable to keep it up to
>> date. Given human nature, it's likely that the plugin_template will tend
>> to fall behind as it did recently. I have some ideas to save time while
>> keeping the template current and useful.
>> 1) Move the plugin writer docs [1] into the plugin_template repository
>>         - Leave a (very) high level overview in the core docs with a link
>> to
>>           the template docs.
>>         - Plugin writer docs PRs would only go to one place, and it would
>>           be easier keep the docs in line with the code.
>>         - Narrative docs in the template would explain what needs to be
>>           done generally, linking to the modules.
>>         - Specific instructions would live in the code modules alongside
>>           basic working code, and additional commented out code
>>           to demonstrate and explain more complex behaviors.
>>  2) Add pulp_smash tests for basic functionality of a bootstrapped plugin.
>>          - Run these tests as a check on pulpcore and template PRs
>>          - Ensure that discoverability works
>>          - Fail with breaking Plugin API changes
>>          - If the test uses pulp_smash, it would include a base set of
>>            integration tests for every new plugin.
>> My reasoning is that no matter what changes we make to pulpcore,
>> we need to keep the plugin writer docs updated. Doing this in the
>> template will provide value for plugin writers, and will inform pulpcore
>> developers when it needs to be updated.
>> [0]: https://github.com/pulp/plugin_template/pull/9
>> [1]: https://github.com/pulp/pulp/tree/master/docs/plugins/plugin-writer
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