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The Awesome UCOSP Winter 2013 Review Board Team

We're up in Toronto today for the final day of the UCOSP Winter 2013 Sprint. Through UCOSP, we get to meet and work with bright and enthusiastic students pursuing careers in the software industry for a whole semester. Our students work on Review Board, building cool projects and getting a feel for what it's like in the industry. It's pretty awesome.

This semester, we have five new students: Allisa, Behzad, Edward, Elaine, and Natasha.

Allisa got into development at age 13 when she started writing custom maps for Neverwinter Nights. Now she's making it easy to do a security check of your Review Board installation to make sure you're safe from known configuration-related vulnerabilities.

Behzad got his start writing and modifying scripts for mIRC when he was 11. For this term, he's making our hidden trophy support less hidden by giving you a nice trophy case on your user page, showing every trophy you've earned. It'll even support the development of new types of trophies, even under extensions. (One may make the association between fish slaps and fish trophies?)

Edward's background was in systems engineering, until he found .NET and fell in love with programming. That led him toward going back for a CS degree. He's now taking a role on RBTools, adding some nice improvements. This includes extending 'rb patch' to be able to commit under the contributor's name (useful for open source projects) and adding a command to guide the setup of a new source tree.

Elaine used to want to be a writer, but found she liked writing code more than stories. She's working on an extension to help out when using checklists for code review.

Natasha got into CS after her first programming class in high school, because it fed her love of puzzles and problem solving. It also goes well with her coffee addiction. Her project's goal is to automatically suggest reviewers based on who has reviewed similar code in the past.

We were also joined by a former student yesterday, Yazan, who fixed a bug for us, and just generally hung around helping out.

UCOSP is a fantastic program, and we look forward to it every semester. We're super lucky to get such great students, and I'm really excited to see how far this new team will take the project.

Special thanks to Steven MacLeod and Mike Conley, our wonderful co-mentors who help make this happen every semester; UCOSP, who provide the opportunity for us to participate and meet such great students; and Mozilla, who provided the space for the sprint.

Students in Action
Review Board 1.7.14 released

As we noted previously, there was a major Django security release announced. We're following that up with a new Review Board 1.7.14 release.

Along with updating to the latest Django release, we're also fixing a security issue in the API that affects those using access control on repositories and groups. It's possible to craft an API request that fetches reviews and some other information on review requests that shouldn't be accessible.

There's also support for Team accounts on Bitbucket, and a small handful of bug fixes.

See the release notes for more information.

Important Django security update

The Django project just released an important security update that affects all Review Board 1.7.x servers, particularly public ones. It allows an attacker to perform a Denial-of-Service attack on the server through the authentication mechanism.

We recommend that everybody running a Review Board 1.7.x release immediately updates to Django 1.4.8. We will be putting out new releases of Review Board today, as well.

Please see the Django security announcement for more information.

New Beta Release: Review Board Power Pack

Until now, we've been running two separate beta programs for PDF Review and "Review Board Enterprise". We've decided to merge these together into a single product that we're calling the "Review Board Power Pack."

The major features of the combined package are:

  • Review PDF documents that are attached to review requests, commenting directly on the text, all in the browser with no extra plug-ins.
  • GitHub Enterprise support.
  • The ability to add capacity to your Review Board server by adding additional front-end servers.

Changes in the new preview

In addition to merging together the features of our two previous beta packages, there are some improvements and bug fixes for PDF Review in this release:

  • The outline mode in the sidebar now shows the tree structure of the table of contents.
  • When a document has a table of contents, the sidebar now allows switching between either the outline mode or the pages mode.
  • Scrolling behavior when using the mouse wheel or touch-pad gestures has improved significantly, making it easier to get all the way to the bottom of the document.
  • Non-PDF documents like .docx are no longer detected as PDF.
  • When attaching a PDF file with drag-and-drop, you can now click on the thumbnail to jump to the review UI to preview the document.
  • Several issues with PDF rendering have been fixed.
  • A fair amount of visual design polish.

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Getting the Power Pack

If you already signed up for the beta, you should have an email explaining how to install it (or upgrade from the first beta). If you haven’t signed up, but would like to participate, please fill out our sign-up form and we’ll be in touch.

Once we have a final release, these features will be available on RBCommons.com for our larger tiers.