Living on the Edge: After the Dev-Meetup last week, the announcements, all the fuzz about core plugins and the discussions in the forum it was a must for me to give the alpha of the new Health-Check Plugin a testdrive.
Westi did ask me to provide some contributions last week but currently there are too many ends open in development so all I could do so far was to provide some feedback. And now a run on the alpha. Here we go:
Getting the thing to run is quite easy if you have a dev environment running. Just add another svn:external to your plugins and svn-up afterwards:
Then browse the backend as admin and select the new menu-entry. All left is a press on the button to run the tests. The Plugin already ships with quite a nice amount of tests. And so I did press the button: All tests did run fine and revealed a lot of usefull information I want to do some picks:
Safe Mode: I had activated that for a test with a ticket (#11499). Great to get a reminder!
Then I stumbled over register_long_arrays, gosh, out with it! It’s a testserver only, but hey, once set up you tend to not care about things any longer.
And then learned something new about collations. A how to fix was given directly with the recommendation and worked like a charm. Infact it pointed me to a much more important problem I had on that setup. Testing rocks.
So my first bottom line is: heads up! Every plugin dev sparing a test-system should give this a testdrive. I needed to debug a selected test with more detail and was able to seperate it from the others by specifying a constant:
Good luck for the health-check plugin team, I provided my feedback to Denis De Bernardy which I could catch in #wordpress-dev over in freenode. Westi and some other devs are on that team as well, just ask around. UPDATE: Better fitting and new chatroom: #wordpress-core-plugins
Link: Health-Check Plugin