I worked with Ian Lesperance and Paul Meskers this week preparing LicenseFinder for its 1.0.0 release. In addition to performing some much needed refactoring on the codebase, we also added the following new features:
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- Support for more license types (we now detect Apache2, BSD, New BSD, Simplified BSD, MIT, LGPL, ISC, Ruby, and GPLv2).
- A new HTML report with tons of useful information for your non-technical product owners (including links to license text, color coding of approved v. unapproved dependencies, listing the parent/children dependencies of gems).
- A simplified text report (also suitable for non-tech product owners)
- A simplified command-line interface (there’s now just a single command
license_finder, though we still offer an equivalent rake task (
rake license_finder) if you want to use it for a CI build)
- A completely rewritten README with clear usage instructions
- An cucumber integration test suite that outlines all of the license finder features
- Continuous integration via travis-ci.org
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Having just come off a project, Ian Lesperance and I spent the week working on some open source initiatives. We also spent the week showing new pivot David Edwards the ropes.
We started the week with a feature request to rails for customized STI (Single Table Inheritance) type serialization. On the project we just finished, we needed to model a legacy database that serialized integers instead of class names for the STI type, and unfortunately we found that Rails had no real API for overriding the type serialization, so we added the following:
class Foo < ActiveRecord::Base
self.inheritance_serializer = ->(klass) do
# Map the class to the appropriate type identifier.
# Defaults to `klass.name`.
self.inheritance_deserializer = ->(type_before_cast) do
# Map the type identifier back into the appropriate class.
# Defaults (approximately) to `type_before_cast.constantize`.
Ian also contributed a bug fix to ActiveRecord, fixing the
pluck method when the column name plucked is a reserved word.
We then continued with a pull request to rubygems.org for adding license information to gem version pages and version api requests. In our line of work, we have to keep a vigilant eye on the software licenses of our dependencies; adding more exposure of licenses can’t hurt.
This segued nicely into some much needed work on
LicenseFinder, an open source project Pivotal Labs created and maintains to automate the process of keeping track of your project’s license dependencies. We’ve added detection for two more license types (”LGPL” and “ISC”), added proper integration tests to the project, put the project on Travis-CI, and refactored some of the code along the way. In the future, we’d like to create a proper command line interface for
license_finder so that you can use it without
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- works as expected in rails console (dev)
- works as expected in tests
- exhibits unexpected behavior in a rake task (in development mode)
It’s caused by an autoloading gotcha in dev mode with STI models, which oddly isn’t reproducible in rails console in dev mode (on Rails 3.2.5). The children of the STI model aren’t autoloaded in the rake task in dev mode, so the “type = ?” clause in the queries don’t include the subclasses of the STI base.
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