Create a SWF deployment

This how-to describes how to practically go about creating a new instance of a software factory by configuring git, creating directories and indexes.

Create a git repo for the SWF Deployment

To create a new SWF Deployment, you first need to create a new repository on your project git server and call it something meaningful, most probably with the name of the project in it like: “example-software-factory”.

mkdir example-software-factory
cd example-software-factory
git init
git remote add origin <git-url>
echo "# example-software-factory" >
git add .
git commit -m "Initial commit"
git push -u origin master

Add SWF Platform Blueprint as submodule

The blueprint contains a lot of articles of general nature, those can be used to pre-populate the SWF Deployment. To do that the SWF Platform Blueprint needs to be added as a git submodule.

mkdir docs
cd docs
git submodule add swf-blueprint
git add .
git commit -m "Add SWF-Blueprint as submodule"

This will create a directory named ‘software-factory-blueprint’ and check the SWF-Blueprint code out there. By adding and committing this, the checked out version (in this case head of the master branch of the SWF-blueprint) will be used.

Next time when cloning, it will need an additional step like this:

git clone --recursive <git-url>

Create skeletal index file

One file which needs special attention is the docs/index.rst file, which is the entry point of the new SWF Deployment.

Welcome to the Example SWF documentation

Revision: |release|

.. toctree::
    :caption: Table of contents
    :maxdepth: 3


.. toctree::
    :caption: Categories
    :maxdepth: 1


This is just a skeleton which needs to be populated with links to all the articles which should show up.

Set variables and “substitutions”

Throughout the SWF Blueprint sometimes words and variables are used which need to be substituted with something else in the SWF Deployment. To be able to use this functionality those variables need to be defined in the docs/swf-substitutions.txt file:

# Key=Value. Don't keep '=' in the value
# Blank lines and lines starting with # are ignored
# Example: proj_name=PELUX

proj_name=Example Software Factory

Add needed files

Normally you only the files and index.rst to create a Sphinx documentation, but we recommend a file structure like this:

├── CMakeLists.txt
├── docs
│   ├── categories
│   │   ├── howto.rst
│   │   ├── instruction.rst
│   │   └── process.rst
│   ├── chapters
│   │   └── example
│   │       ├── index.rst
│   │       └── my-example.rst
│   ├── CMakeLists.txt
│   ├── cmake_modules
│   │   └── FindSphinx.cmake
│   ├──
│   ├── index.rst
│   ├── swf-blueprint
│   └── swf-substitutions.txt

The content of the files can be copied and adapted from the PELUX Baseline Software Factory which is one such SWF Deployment. The should contain a description on how to build the project with CMake.