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RBTools 0.5.1 released

RBTools 0.5.1 is out, with many important bug fixes, some new features, and improvements to our API.

We've addressed the bulk of the problems people hit with the new commands in RBTools 0.5.0. In particular, several crashes with Perforce, Subversion and Bazaar have been addressed.

Most of the RBTools commands now have a --repository-type option, which can be used to specify the type of repository, instead of RBTools having to guess. This can also be set in .reviewboardrc by setting the REPOSITORY_TYPE setting. Setting this will dramatically speed up creating and updating review requests, and prevent problems with nested repositories.

You can use post-review --list-repo-types or rbt list-repo-types to see the valid values for this new setting.

To upgrade your copy of RBTools, just run:

easy_install -U RBTools

See the release notes for the full list of changes.

Private beta for Review Board Enterprise

We've been working toward a set of enhancements to Review Board for larger installations that we're currently calling Review Board Enterprise. The functionality we're targeting initially includes:

  • Support for repositories on GitHub Enterprise.
  • Ability to scale across multiple servers, to handle larger numbers of consecutive users.
  • Faster diff viewer rendering. Diffs will begin generating immediately upon upload, outside the Apache process, and this can be scaled out as well.
  • Pre-built Review Board VMs for quick installation and scale-out.

Depending on interest, future versions may include:

  • Enhanced diff features. Due to the new way we can process diffs, we can start enhancing what the users see, speeding up their review process, and thus saving companies time and money.
  • Multiple SSH keys. Associate different SSH keys to different repositories.
  • Single sign-on. Integrate with existing SAML-based services.

These are changes we've been using on our hosting service, RBCommons, and are working to make available to a larger audience.

We're collecting sign-ups from anyone interested in giving this a try. We'll send out an announcement with a beta download once it's ready.

If you're interested, you can sign up here.

This will be a for-pay addition to Review Board, and will help directly fund the continued development of Review Board itself.

PDF Review Beta Released!

We're proud to announce that we've released an initial version of the PDF Review extension. This extension allows viewing PDF attachments directly in your browser, and you can add comments on the content.

If you're curious about how this works, we have an overview of the functionality over on our blog. If you'd like to get access to the beta, please fill out the signup form and we'll be in touch.

Review Board 1.7.7.1 releassed

1.7.7 introduced a crash during new site installations for some users. We apologize for anyone who hit this. The new release, 1.7.7.1, should take care of this and get you back on track!

Release notes are available.

Review Board 1.7.7 released

Review Board 1.7.7 is out. It has a couple new features for admins, a series of bug fixes, and some worthwhile performance improvements that you shouldn't miss.

We did some profiling and found a couple common cases we were able to speed up considerably. The Dashboard and All Review Requests pages should be faster, as should any changes involving parent diffs.

There's also some additions in here that set things up for the upcoming PDF review extension. If you're interested in giving that a try, sign up for the beta..

Release notes are available.

Private beta for document (PDF) review

Review Board has been a fantastic tool for software developers for many years now, but over time, we've seen people try to use it for reviewing things beyond code. We've therefore been working to make Review Board useful to a wider audience beyond just developers.

Lately, we've been working toward the first part of this, a Review Board extension to enable peer review of PDF documents. We'll be holding a private beta of this extension pretty soon, and are opening up a sign-up form for those who are interested in giving it a try and giving us feedback.

In order to help fund the Review Board project, we plan to make this a paid extension (but free for open source or educational use). In exchange for your comments and feedback, participants in this beta will be offered a discount off the list price once we hit 1.0.

If you'd like to participate, please fill out the signup form and we'll be in touch.

RBTools 0.5 released

The next major evolution of RBTools has been released!

RBTools 0.5 is a major undertaking that we're sure is going to make a lot of you happy. This release introduces several new scripts for working with review requests from the command line, and a brand new Python API for writing your own scripts and applications.

rbt

The new rbt tool serves as your launching point for any new tools that work with Review Board. It works like git, in that it takes a subcommand and options, which may do anything from post a new diff to query the statuses of your pending review requests. Here are the one we provide now:

  • rbt attach - Attaches a file to an existing review request.
  • rbt close - Closes a review request (either as submitted or discarded.
  • rbt diff - Shows the diff that would be uploaded to a review request. This works like the old post-review --output-diff.
  • rbt patch - Takes the diff from a review request and applies it locally to your tree. Useful for open source projects!
  • rbt post - Posts or updates a review request. This is your new post-review script.
  • rbt status - Displays all your pending review requests for the repository you're running this from.

We plan to add more in time, and to refine many of these. It's still largely considered a beta, but we'd love the feedback!

Now you may have noticed rbt post above. We're deprecating post-review, and plan to remove it sometime before RBTools 1.0. A lot of you probably are pretty used to typing post-review now, so now's a good time to start building new muscle memory!

Otherwise, post-review is pretty unchanged from 0.4.x, so you shouldn't run into any big regressions.

Python API

All of our new scripts make use of a central Python API that we have developed. This was written to make it easy to talk to a Review Board server. It supports our entire web API. We have a whole tutorial and reference guide on the new Python API.

Those of you maintaining your own forks of post-review or your own post-commit hooks or utility scripts should start moving over to the new API, give it a spin. Let us know how it works for you.

We still have a lot to do, but we hope this release is as exciting and useful to all of you as it has been to us.

We had a number of people contribute to this, but in particular I want to thank and congratulate Steven MacLeod on this release. Steven is a former UCOSP and Google Summer of Code student and the new lead developer for RBTools, and has done a fantastic job putting all this together.

Release notes are available, and cover all the new additions and the bug fixes that went into this release.

Review Board 1.7.6 released

And tonight we have another release! One that is sure to please you Perforce administrators out there.

Review Board 1.7.6 has a number of bug fixes, some API additions, and a couple new features. One of those features is Perforce ticket-based auth support. It should now be dead-simple to get ticket-based auth working for all your repositories. Just check a box in the repository configuration, and you're good.

We've also bumped the minimum version of Django to 1.4.5, which is the latest security release in the 1.4.x series.

See the full release notes for all the changes.

Review Board 1.6.16 released

Django just released a couple of new security updates, and we wanted to get them into your hands as fast as possible.

We've released Review Board 1.6.16. This uses the new Django 1.3.7 as the minimum required version. We have also backported several bug fixes from the Review Board 1.7 releases, which should particularly help with those of you who have had any crashes in the diff viewer. Well worth upgrading to.

See the release notes for the full list of changes.

Review Board 1.7.5 released

Review Board 1.7.5 is out. It fixes a few, mostly small problems people have hit, and a major compatibility change with the newly released django-pipeline 1.3.

If you installed 1.7.4 in the past week, you may have had a crash when accessing most pages, possibly saying "CompilerError." This was due to some compatibility changes in django-pipeline 1.3 that we still need to investigate. However, that release also dropped Python 2.5 support, which means we'll be requiring 1.2.24 from here on out. My apologies to any packagers that this affects.

See the release notes for the full list of changes.

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