Recently I’ve been working on improving HobbitCloud’s DevOps practices, specifically around committing code to version control and documenting it. Once a developer checks code in, this should compile, and if successful be deployed to the test environment. Once here it will undergo automated testing before progressing to staging for unit and integration tests.
A key step in this process is to ensure all code is thoroughly documented and available for all developers to see. This aids with code review by peers, which in turn improves the quality of code produced.
HobbitCloud uses Confluence internally to host documentation and GitLab for our continuous integration/delivery. By adding a few commands to our pipeline, we can ensure that successfully committed code can be imported directly into Confluence.
If you are interested in learning more about JSDoc then please have a look at https://devdocs.io/jsdoc.
The process for the solution will look something like this:
The method to install JSDoc and the necessary components differ depending on the operating system. To install on an Ubuntu distribution, use the following commands (substitute accordingly):
apt-get update apt-get install -y npm zip curl jq npm install -g jsdoc
Confirm JSDoc has been installed correctly using:
Install the Confluence Docs plugin
Login to Confluence as an administrator and click General Configuration. On the left-hand side, under Atlassian Marketplace, click Find new apps.
In the search box, search for Docs – Javadocs. When you find it, click on Free trial.
Once installed, click Docs – Organize on the left-hand side:
Click New Category and then give it a name (eg. vRO). Make a note of the category ID as this will be needed later.
The code in the following scenario is designed to be run from a (Linux-based) container, therefore is based on a shell script.
First, we need to define the variables. It GitLab we can define these in the CI/CD section, but in Bash we will define them manually:
Verifying the code in Confluence
Login to Confluence and click the Docs tab. Under the category you created previously you should see a list of the actions JSDoc has created. Select one:
On the right under Global, click the action name:
Once you add the above script to your pipeline, all code committed to version control can self-document – removing an important but yet often missed step in the development process.