[plt-dev] lessons learned

From: Matthias Felleisen (matthias at ccs.neu.edu)
Date: Fri May 22 15:26:55 EDT 2009

I like your idea a lot. (I am sure you realize that some files need  
to be loaded in mred.) Keep us posted about the progress -- Matthias

On May 22, 2009, at 3:09 PM, Jay McCarthy wrote:

> On Fri, May 22, 2009 at 2:02 PM, Matthias Felleisen
> <matthias at ccs.neu.edu> wrote:
>> The one thing I'd like to add to Eli's nightly build is some way  
>> of just
>> evaluating each file once. Period. If it doesn't load, send a  
>> message and
>> nag. Just like for the test cases. (I do have a separate test  
>> suite for
>> /htdp and /2htdp, but they aren't automated.)
> It seems like Eli's build is doing two things: producing the binaries
> for download and doing the automated tests linked in tests/. It makes
> sense to the first only nightly, but the second every commit.
> I can buy a machine and have it do the testing part basically 24/7 at
> BYU. I'll have it re-compile mzscheme only when the C code changes and
> the byte-code always. Then I'll load each file (which will include the
> tests, of course) and send blame to the most recent committer and the
> owner (via plt:responsible) of the file.
> I'll have a web page that shows the success of each file's loading and
> any messages spit out when it runs. At the beginning I can be testing
> library agnostic if I can assume any output to stderr is an error.
> I think that will be a lot better than what we have now and then we
> can experiment with better ways of communicating errors and coverage
> to my setup. For example, Eli is referring to errortrace as if it is
> the only option. I reckon if we just want to know whether some line of
> a file has been run we could get by with less information than is
> provided by errortrace.
> Anyways... that's my plan. Before I turn it live and you start getting
> obnoxious emails, I'll get more permission.
> Jay
> -- 
> Jay McCarthy <jay at cs.byu.edu>
> Assistant Professor / Brigham Young University
> http://teammccarthy.org/jay
> "The glory of God is Intelligence" - D&C 93

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