Hi all, @majken and I have been talking about how to hand Dev Derby development to the Community Webdev group. I can give a quick technical overview of the Dev Derby site so that people know what kind of work would be involved.
Dev Derby is a Django application. It lives as the ‘demos’ app in the developer.mozilla.org source code. The stack is simple: Django 1.4.9, MySQL, and jquery in the UI. Demo Studio shares the same app as Dev Derby. The app is reasonably self-contained within MDN and should not be too hard to stand up on it’s own, if that is the path we want to go down.
The instructions for running and hacking a local copy of Dev Derby/MDN are here.
We haven’t decided on a hosting option yet, but I’ll sit down with the MDN team in the next few weeks to talk about this. I think our options are to either accept Derby patches to the MDN source code, or have Community IT stand up a new instance of Derby on new hardware and keep run/patching the MDN Derby instance until a switchover is made. I’ll provide an update later.