Development roadmap

This document outlines Fabric’s intended development path. Please make sure you’re reading the latest version of this document!

Warning

This information is subject to change without warning, and should not be used as a basis for any life- or career-altering decisions!

Fabric 1.x

Fabric 1.x, while not end-of-life’d, has reached a tipping point regarding internal tech debt & ability to make significant improvements without harming backwards compatibility.

As such, future 1.x releases (1.6 onwards) will emphasize small-to-medium features (new features not requiring major overhauls of the internals) and bugfixes.

Invoke, Fabric 2.x and Patchwork

While 1.x moves on as above, we are working on a reimagined 2.x version of the tool, and plan to:

  • Finish and release the Invoke tool/library (see also #565), which is a revamped and standalone version of Fabric’s task running components.

    • Initially it will be basic, matching Fabric’s current functionality, but with a cleaner base to build on.
    • Said cleaner base then gives us a jumping-off point for new task-oriented features such as before/after hooks / call chains, task collections, improved namespacing and so forth.
  • Start putting together Fabric 2.0, a partly/mostly rewritten Fabric core:

    • Leverage Invoke for task running, which will leave Fabric itself much more library oriented.
    • Implement object-oriented hosts/host lists and all the fun stuff that provides (e.g. no more hacky host string and unintuitive env var manipulation.)
    • No (or optional & non-default) shared state.
    • Any other core overhauls difficult to do in a backwards compatible fashion.
    • Current issue list
  • Spin off fabric.contrib.* into a standalone “super-Fabric” (as in, “above Fabric”) library, Patchwork.

    • This lets core “execute commands on hosts” functionality iterate separately from “commonly useful shortcuts using Fabric core”.
    • Lots of preliminary work & prior-art scanning has been done in #461.
    • A public-but-alpha codebase for Patchwork exists as we think about the API, and is currently based on Fabric 1.x. It will likely be Fabric 2.x based by the time it is stable.

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