Do you use a bot to manage your project's dependencies?
I am currently thinking about the best way to organize libraries in my team's projects.
A colleague of mine has set up renovate to update dependencies automatically, which seems very optimistic to me: you have to trust that updating the dependency does not break the code. Even if you configure renovate to update dependencies only when the semantic version update is a minor or bugfix.
Renovate floods my github notifications, especially when the dependencies are internal libraries that we often update because we are in the development phase.
I smell something wrong in it and I would like to catch advices from different point of view.
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Imho, if it's not broken, don't fix it.
Here's what I use for some of my libs: There are bots which only automatically update dependencies when security issues become known (I use Snyk). They create pull requests and you can handle them when you have time. If you have good CI, then every pull request should also automatically be checked (for example on Travis), so that all tests pass. That also means that you need to have extensive unit tests for your library or application.
When working with dependencies in dev mode, I use mr-developer which allows to use a given git tag or branch of a dependency directly into the project instead of an actual NPM package.
Thanks Eric, I did not know aboyut
python/mr.developer. We should take a look at
nodejs/mr.developer to adapt it to our development flow.
Even if it did not answer the question in application maintenance: when and how do you update your dependencies?
And corollary: what should be the commit message prefix? fix? feat? core? I vote feat as it change production code.