Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Looking back - 2017 edition

Around this time of the year Mozilla employees are evaluated to see if there are any compensation changes or promotions. It is also during this time we're encouraged to look back and reflect on what we have accomplished. Partly to help drive conversations.

This blog post is to look back at what I've done in the last 12 months and my first reaction is that I'm sad to see how little I've blogged in the last little bit! Nothing on the last four months :(

This last year has been good and strange year for me.

It's been good because of what I've managed to accomplish as well as seeing Firefox set itself up for great success (I've not been before as excited with our product as with Firefox 57; it looks and feels great!).
I also had almost 4 months of parental leave between my two kids (14 months apart). Thank you Mozilla!

It's been strange because I was caught in the middle of a re-org that affected me. I had been invested in the Platform Operations org for a while. Parental leaves have the side effect of having to pick up projects that no one had the time to pick up when you come back.

Overall I'm satisfied with what I accomplished. It was less focused in one domain (which is what I prefer) compared to the previous year, however, I had the opportunity to have an impact in important work.

With regards to work I've accomplished in the last year I can highlight the following:





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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Docker image to generate allthethings.json

I've created a lot of hackery in the past (mozci) based on Release Engineering's allthethings.json file as well as improving the code to generate it reliably. This file contains metadata about the Buildbot setup and the relationship between builders (a build trigger these tests).

Now, I have never spent time ensuring that the setup to generate the file is reproducible. As I've moved over time through laptops I've needed to modify the script to generate the file to fit my new machine's set up.

Today I'm happy to announce that I've published a Docker image at Docker hub to help you generate this file anytime you want.

You can find the documentation and code in here.

Please give it a try and let me know if you find any issues!
docker pull armenzg/releng_buildbot_docker
docker run --name allthethings --rm -i -t releng_buildbot_docker bash
# This will generate an allthethings.json file; it will take few minutes
/braindump/community/generate_allthethings_json.sh
# On another tab (once the script is done)
docker cp allthethings:/root/.mozilla/releng/repos/buildbot-configs/allthethings.json .


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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Screencast: How to green up Firefox test jobs on new infrastructure

In this blog post I go over the basics of investigating if a new platform on the continous integration system is ready to run Firefox test jobs.

In this case we look at Windows 7 and Windows 10 jobs on TaskCluster.
Some issues are on the actually machines (black screenshots; audio set up) and others are tests that need developer investigation.

You need about 30 minutes to watch these.



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