Modeling higher order workflows with Go


How do you use Go to address the following situation?

Say your QAs do some manual exploratory testing in addition to all the automation. They might want to have the last good build automatically deployed to their test environment for them every morning so that they don’t have to spend time manually figuring out the last good build and deploying it.

Manual Stage Type
Simply creating a downstream deployment pipeline won’t do the trick. For one, it would auto-schedule for every successful upstream build thus wiping out the previous deployment and any testing in progress. To prevent auto-scheduling, you need to mark the first stage of the downstream pipeline as type manual.

Next, you could set up a timer spec so that the pipeline schedules say every morning at 10:15am.

So far so good. Our deploy pipeline will now only schedule at 10:15am every day. But sometimes, the QAs want to continue testing a given build the next day. They don't want the next day's timer trigger to deploy a new build. One way to do this is to manually pause the pipeline. This will prevent the pipeline from scheduling until unpaused.

A locked pipeline



Another way to achieve this is to add another manual stage at the end and use automatic pipeline lockingWhen auto locking is enabled in a multi-stage pipeline, the pipeline will only get scheduled if the previous run is complete.This may sound roundabout compared to simply pausing the pipeline. But it could serve a useful function. The final manual stage could serve as an indicator of successful exploratory testing. You could even treat this a restricted approval privilege. Any pipelines further downstream will now only get scheduled after QAs give the go-ahead.


Finally, we need to consider the agents where stuff gets deployed. It is important to ring-fence the agents by defining an QA-exploratory-testing environment. It is also necessary to instruct all deployment jobs to run on all agents.

Hopefully this illustrates the power of combining a number of Go-primitives to achieve higher order behaviour.

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