Thank you for the update Timo, good to see so many improvements finally coming together.
On 4 apr. 2015, at 05:40, Krinkle
* Our QUnit jobs now uses latest Chromium instead of PhantomJS.
* You can run the test suite from the command line locally now.
Thanks to Tim Starling, Antoine "hashar" Musso, Kunal (legoktm),
Bryan Davis, S Page, and James Forrester; for their help in different areas.
Are you sitting comfortably?
The past few months can be summarised as a long journey through a forest of technical
debt. It was also amazing to see just how many layers of infrastructure were able to block
this task (and did). 
From a local development point of view it couldn't be simpler. In the Gruntfile:
Remove grunt-contrib-qunit, add grunt-karma with karma-chrome-launcher. Done? Not quite.
For standalone front-end projects it actually was this simple. OOjs and VisualEditor have
been enjoying this new stack since July 2014. This helped refine the stack and the
underlying technologies over the past months. More about what this new stack provides in a
== Journey ==
For MediaWiki core and extensions, one must install MediaWiki before running QUnit.
 That in itself isn't too complicated (set up DB and run install; we have
standard macros for that). But, the test doesn't just communicate with MediaWiki. The
test suite is actually served *by* MediaWiki. Karma enforces the principle that unit tests
Back in MediaWiki 1.19 our test suite abided by these best practices. The test suite was
a static HTML file that loaded relevant scripts directly.  This file was later migrated
1. Source code is registered to ResourceLoader.
2. Extensions register tests via hooks in PHP.
3. OutputPage and Skin provide config vars and HTML that tests could depend on.
Point 3 was easily resolved by adding the appropriate mw.config or DOM fixture to the few
tests that were missing it.
Though Point 2 and 1 weren't going anywhere. We needed to, once again, access our
=== Migrate all the things ===
Objective: Karma  on Chromium. Easy to run locally for developers.
To be re-usable, the logic must be generic and use composer/npm. In 2013, most jobs ran
on Wikimedia production servers. In order to use npm we had to migrate to Wikimedia Labs
Back then, production had only just begun using Ubuntu Trusty.
The relevant modules require Node.js v0.10. Ubuntu Precise has Node.js v0.8. Precise is
also stuck with Chromium 37 (EOL).  To get auto-updating latest stable Chromium and
Node v0.10, we needed to migrate our infrastructure to Ubuntu Trusty first.
Much of the process to install MediaWiki on a Jenkins slave also wasn't puppetised.
=== SQLite ===
This is its own story. See https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T89180
The short of it is, we also migrated everything to MySQL. Which we wanted to do anyway.
== New stack ==
PhantomJS is a great application for many purposes. It was good for us while it lasted.
distant from a "real" browser. When we introduced PhantomJS, it was a big step
forward toward testing cross-browser. It "uses WebKit" which meant we were kind
of covering Chrome and Safari (in 2012).
Safari has had several major releases since PhantomJS v1.9 came out. Chrome had even more
releases (and since dropped WebKit in favour of Blink). And, in truth, PhantomJS
wasn't that much like Safari and mainstream WebKit to begin with. 
Chromium is an actual browser. A browser we actually support. A browser that represents
real users of our software. It's only one browser for now, but it's a start.
With Karma as a solid foundation, it's truly simple to add more browsers in the
future. OOjs has already added Firefox alongside Chromium in Jenkins. Karma uses Web
Driver, a standardised protocol to operate browsers (locally and remotely alike). It has
an official plugin hooking it up to SauceLabs, which opens the door to any other browser
and platform we want. It's as simple as adding 1 line to the config. 
We haven't done this yet as there are scalability, performance and security
considerations. Having said that, OOjs is currently using an experimental pipeline to test
in six different browsers from Jenkins via SauceLabs. Including IE 6 and IE 11 on Windows,
and Safari 5 on Mac! 
3. Code coverage
One of the advantages of having a pure stack is the ability to run pre-processors on the
code using Karma built-ins.  The first one I'm looking at is code coverage.
4. Local development and Jenkins equally
It runs the full QUnit test suite in a real browser (multiple even) by simply running
"npm test". 
Aside from Node.js, it requires no pre-installed software and is as easy as "npm
install" to set up.
[epic] Adopt Karma with Chromium
Make QUnit tests run without installing
Make PHPUnit tests run without installing
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