On Fri, Mar 15, 2024 at 2:40 AM Magnus Manske via Wikitech-l
<wikitech-l@lists.wikimedia.org> wrote:
> As someone who has been migrating a lot of tools, and who has been at times 
> upset^W frustrated at some of the proverbial devils of the details, I want to 
> thank Bryan, and everyone involved, for the sustained effort to keep 
> toolforge going into the future, and congratulations on a job well done.

Thank you very much Magnus for those words of support. As you very
well know yourself, the folks who build things to help others are more
likely to hear about frustrations when their efforts have fallen short
than they are to hear praise when they are succeeding. Hearing from
you and others that we are on the correct path goes a long way towards
keeping up the energy to continue.

In that spirit, I would like to name a few folks specifically who have
chopped more wood and carried more water in the final push to the
deadline than even I had hoped they would. David Caro, Taavi Väänänen,
and Seyram Komla Sapaty all put in great amounts of time and effort
over the last few months to make this project as successful as

David went above and beyond in to try and ensure that Toolforge had
the technical capabilities needed to allow even less widely used
runtime languages to migrate. Go stalk him a bit on Phabricator to see
the patience and attention he used to help specific tools make it
across, and be sure to check out the many "My first Buildpack"
tutorials that he helped publish.

Taavi carried on a Toolforge admin tradition of finding ways to use
Toolforge itself to provide new features for others by making a
reusable custom image for running Pywikibot scripts using Build
Service. He also spent quite a lot of extra time helping folks 1 on 1
with questions via IRC and Phabricator.

Komla used every means he could think of to try and contact folks
who's tools were in need of attention--Phabricator tickets, Talk page
messages, direct emails, tracking down SUL accounts for Developer
accounts that were not responsive. He also kept the rest of us on the
Toolforge admin team informed of counts of tools remaining and trends
in feedback to consider. He should have had the honor of sending the
final shutdown announcement yesterday, but all 3 of his different ISPs
were disrupted by undersea cable cuts![0]

I would actually like to name one more person, Nicholas Skaggs, as
having been critical to the final steps in converting from Grid Engine
to Kubernetes. Nicholas was the manager of the Wikimedia Cloud
Services team from June 2020 through February 2024. Nicholas had
extreme faith in the abilities of the team and the larger technical
community. He urged us to complete the difficult work needed for the
migration rather than putting it off yet again with "just one more"
upgrade of the Grid exec and control nodes. I and others will miss his
leadership at the Foundation and wish him well in the next phase of
his career.


Bryan Davis                                        Wikimedia Foundation
Principal Software Engineer                               Boise, ID USA
[[m:User:BDavis_(WMF)]]                                      irc: bd808
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