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Specifying a milestone (version)

AMY follows Semantic Versioning when possible; however, since this is a web application and not a library, we have come up with these rules to bumping versions:

  • hotfix or a fix release: bump patch version
  • normal release: bump minor version
  • major changes (e.g. big project gets merged): bump major version.

In future, once CI/CD is implemented, we may consider switching to commitizen which will help with generating changelogs and bumping versions accordingly.

Milestone name should indicate the release version. For example, if next release is v3.15.0, then the milestone collecting issues and PRs should be named v3.15 or v3.15.0.

Feature development

Developers are encouraged to use feature flags for development of new features in case they would have to be released to production in dark.

On the End of Each Milestone

  1. Close milestone using GitHub UI.

  2. Run python docs/ MILESTONE_NAME to generate changelog for given release; paste command's output to the top of file.

  3. Follow Release Procedure.

  4. Follow Deployment Procedure.

  5. Write user-friendly release notes and share them in release announcements on Slack - use #core-team for admin-only changes and #general for community-facing changes.

Release Procedure

We assume that you want to release AMY v2.X.Y.

Execute the following commands on your local machine, not production.

  1. Move to AMY root directory (the one with file) using cd command.

  2. Make sure you have configured repositories:

    For example, this is the correct configuration:

    $ git remote -v
    origin (fetch)
    origin (push)
  3. Make sure your local develop and main branches are up to date:

    $ git checkout develop
    $ git pull origin develop
    $ git checkout main
    $ git pull origin main
  4. Create a release branch release/vX.Y.Z. Major/minor release branches should be based on the HEAD of develop, but bugfix releases may be based on older commits, such as the previous release branch or main, to avoid including features intended for the next major/minor release. For more details on managing branches, see

  5. Bugfix releases only: Cherry-pick commits from develop to release/vX.Y.Z as required to fix bugs. Skip any commits that add new features.

  6. Merge release/vX.Y.Z into main branch (be careful, as there are sometimes conflicts that need to be manually resolved):

    $ git checkout main
    $ git merge --no-ff release/vX.Y.Z
  7. Bump version on main (non-dev version corresponding to the milestone):

    $ # manually edit version in `amy/` and `package.json`
    $ # use non-dev version string, e.g. `"v3.3.0"`
    $ git add amy/ package.json
    $ git commit -m "Bumping version to vX.Y.0"
  8. Just to be safe, run tests:

    $ make test
  9. Tag a release.

    $ git tag -a "vX.Y.0" -s -m "AMY release vX.Y.0"

    Omit -s flag if you cannot create signed tags. See Git documentation for more info about signed tags.

  10. Push main and the new tag everywhere:

    $ git push origin main --tags
  11. Bump version on develop (dev version corresponding to the milestone):

    $ git checkout develop
    $ # manually edit version in `amy/` and `package.json`
    $ # use dev version string, e.g. `"v3.4.0-dev"`
    $ git add amy/ package.json
    $ git commit -m "Bumping version to vX.Y.0-dev"

    This step is only needed if next development cycle begins (ie. no hotfix release was done).

  12. And push it everywhere:

    $ git push origin develop

Deployment procedure using Ansible

  1. Back up the database through the AWS console (RDS > Databases > (cluster name) > Actions (top right) > Take snapshot). Use the naming scheme vA-B-C-YYYY-MM-DD for version A.B.C (the version before the one that will be deployed) and date YYYY-MM-DD, e.g. v4-2-0-2023-08-12.

  2. Check for pending maintenance through the AWS console (RDS > Databases > (cluster name) > Maintenance and Backups (below Summary section)) and complete it if needed.

  3. Complete any Manual Deployment Steps noted for before deployment of this release.

  4. Run the Ansible deployment as described in the relevant repository

  5. Complete any Manual Deployment Steps noted for after deployment of this release.