The tools used in the development process are PTS (Problem Tracking System) and CVS and SSh (Control Version System and Secure Shell).
If you intend to do any development work on FreeBMD you will find the following links helpful:
What is CVS?
Guide to Using PTS
CVS Independent Mode
CVS Co-operative mode
The PTS and CVS/SSh utilities are independent of each other, and people requesting changes, and proof-readers who are checking the changes, need only know how to use PTS.
Developers who will implement the changes also need to be able to use PTS, but in addition will also need to have a working knowledge of CVS and SSh. These are needed to access the files to be edited, and to return them to be tested prior to deployment on the live system. The same approach is taken to changes to the code, to web pages or to data (e.g. district map files).
The first step is to create a record of the fact that a change is to be made. This can be done before we have agreed exactly what change is needed.
The idea for improvement is recorded in PTS as a task by the Requester. Recording the request rather than trying to remember it ensures that we don't lose any ideas.
After the task is recorded, each of the development team will receive an email message informing them that a new task has been set in PTS.
Subsequently, a member of the development team (the Developer) will, depending on his or her area of expertise and level of proficiency, assign the task to him or her self and set the task to 'In progress'.
When the Developer has made the requested changes, he or she will upload the file(s) to the development server and test the changes on the FreeBMD test site using CVS.
Once the Developer is happy with the changes, he or she will assign the task back to the Requester in PTS, as 'Ready for Testing'.
The Requester will then receive an e-mail informing him or her that the task is ready for testing. If the Requester is happy that the changes meet with his or her requirements, the Requester will assign it back to the Developer as 'Tested OK'.
If the changes are not what the Requester expected, he can assign the task back to the Developer and set the status to 'Re-work needed'. The Developer can then amend the task before handing back to the Requester for testing again.
When the task is accepted as 'Tested OK', the Developer will 'tag' each changed module in CVS, and assign it to Dave Mayall in PTS as 'Ready to Deploy'.
Dave will transfer the completed task to the production server to bring it 'live'. He will then close the task in PTS.
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