Oxford University Press (OUP) recently started the Oxford Global Languages (OGL) initiative which aims at providing language resources for digitally under represented languages. In August 2015 OUP launched two African languages websites for Zulu and Northern Sotho. The backend of these websites is based on an API retrieving data in RDF from a triple store and delivering data to the frontend in JSON-LD.
The entire micro-service infrastructure for development, staging, and production runs on Docker containers in Amazon EC2 instances. In particular, we use Jenkins to rebuild the Docker image for the API based on a Python Flask application and Docker Compose to orchestrate the containers. A typical CI workflow is as follows:
– a developer commits code to the codebase
– Jenkins triggers a job to run unit tests
– if the unit tests are successful, the Docker image of the Python Flask application is rebuilt and the container is restarted via Docker Compose
– if the unit tests or the Docker build failed, the monitor view shows the Jenkins jobs in red and displays the name of the possible culprit who broke the build.
Here is a live demo of the Continuous Integration workflow, sample code is available on GitHub.