Deployment Module Beta 1 Released

The first beta of the Deployment module has been released as of last night! This beta is a big step forward from the alpha code I've had available for a couple months. The improvements include:

  • Many UI improvements
  • Vastly superior error handling and reporting
  • Postgres support
  • Detailed auditing of past deployments
  • Can now add multiple views/content types to a plan in one shot
  • General code cleanup and bug-fixing

I have written an Installation and Usage Guide which everyone should check out before installing.

My thanks go out to everyone who has provided feedback and tested up to this point. It has been invaluable.

For the near future, I want to get this code base finished and released as a proper 1.0. Then I am going to move on to the next version, which will be focused on working through the primary key issues which are the main roadblock to deploying nodes and their dependencies. If we can find a way to resolve that issue, then there's nothing stopping anyone from being able to push anything in there site live through a slick GUI. I have some ideas, some easier or harder or more/less hacky than others. If anyone would like to get involved in this discussion and thoughtwork, please do get in touch. The more minds the better.

So let the bug reports and patches and comments commence!

Comments

Any plans/thoughts on starting on a version for Drupal 6. I am interested and would be willing to help, although I am new to Drupal development.

Like many, I currently have no plans to "port" to D6, although my next version targets D6. If someone wanted to take up the task of porting the existing code to D6 I'd be happy to help. The CCK and Views integrations may change quite a bit with their new versions.

I'd like to be a part of this effort. I am an experienced developer with over 12 years in configuration management, and build and release management. I am new to web development, database development, PHP and Drupal, but I think this would be a great way for me to be of value to the cause. As I am new to the community, please contact me to let me know how we should get this started.

I really appreciate you pushing for this, working on this, and promoting this.

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