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RBTools 0.6.2 released

This evening's release of RBTools 0.6.2 fixes several bugs throughout rbt post and rbt patch.

Mercurial users will find that rbt patch now behaves as expected especially for Git diffs. No need to manually fetch and patch by hand anymore.

We've fixed some breakages that users hit with error messages coming from Review Board under certain conditions, and some compatibility issues with Perforce, ClearCase, and Git.

See the release notes for the full list of changes.

Review Board 2.0.2 released

Today's release of Review Board 2.0.2 brings a couple new features, some performance improvements, and several important bug fixes.

Earlier this week, we introduced per-user e-mail options in 1.7.26, which has now made its way into the 2.0 series. You can also now upgrade from a 1.7.26 release to 2.0.2 (sorry about that!).

We made some improvements to the API response times, which will benefit RBTools and much of the Review Board website. Along with this, we've done a lot of work to massively reduce the time it takes to update the search index.

The stars of this release, though, are the bug fixes:

  • Clicking links and selecting text in editors now works as you'd expect.
  • Replying twice to a review no longer keeps that draft banner sticking around.
  • Solved some issues with fetching files on Mercurial repositories.
  • Added some bullet-proofing for repository encodings.
  • Attempting to reset user passwords no longer results in expired links.
  • Lots of fixes to the administration UI.
  • Much more!

Subversion in particular got a lot of love in this release:

  • Verifying SSL certificates for HTTPS-based repositories now works again.
  • The New Review Request page has been updated to properly filter commits based on the selected branch.
  • PySVN is now the default backend again, but it's possible to choose your preferred backend.

See the release notes for the full list of changes.

Review Board 1.7.26 released

Today's release of Review Board 1.7.26 fixes an important security vulnerability allowing attackers to craft very small JavaScript snippets in the diff viewer. If you're running 1.7.x, we recommend that you upgrade to this release immediately.

Along with that important fix, we have a new feature for you, and a small handful of bug fixes.

We adde a per-user setting that allows users to choose whether to receive e-mail from Review Board. This includes new and updated review requests, and discussions on review requests. If you're in the habit of checking the dashboard, and don't want to clutter your Inbox, this may be useful to you. Please note though that you'll still receive e-mail going to any mailing lists you're subscribed to.

There's also some bug fixes for CVS compatibility, API fixes for repository creation, encoding fixes for non-ASCII diffs, and more.

To upgrade to this release, run:

sudo easy_install ReviewBoard==1.7.26

See the release notes for more information.

RBTools 0.6.1 released

Today's release of RBTools 0.6.1 fixes a number of bugs found in 0.6. These range from Review Board compatibility fixes and improved repository support to better error handling and fewer crashes.

There's also a few new additions:

  • You can now set the "Depends On" list on a review request by passing --depends-on to rbt post.
  • When running against the in-development Review Board 2.1 release, you'll be able to reliably post empty files (such as Python's __init__.py) for review, and apply them locally using rbt patch.
  • rbt setup-repo is quite a bit smarter about finding your repository, especially when the paths differ in some way.

There's something for everyone in this release. If you've been running 0.6, you'll want to grab this one.

See the release notes for the full list of improvements.

New Djblets security releases

Today, put out two new security releases of Djblets, our utility library for Review Board. These are versions 0.7.30 and 0.8.3, and fix a couple XSS vulnerabilities that were discovered in our Gravatar support and JSON serialization code.

We are strongly recommending that everyone upgrade to these releases, particularly if you're running a public Review Board server.

If you're running Review Board 2.0.x, you can upgrade by typing:

sudo easy_install -u Djblets

If you're running Review Board 1.7.x, you will need to upgrade by typing:

sudo easy_install Djblets==0.7.30

The Djblets 0.7.30 release has only been tested with Review Board 1.7.25. If you're on an older version, we recommend upgrading Review Board as well, to ensure better compatibility, and to benefit from the additional fixes in that release.

See the 0.7.30 release notes and 0.8.3 release notes for more information.

Power Pack Reports for Review Board Beta Program

Earlier this year, we were proud to release our first commercial extension to Review Board, Power Pack. For the first time, documentation writers and developer teams could post and review PDF documents right from Review Board, without learning any new tools. Companies could bring GitHub Enterprise in-house without switching back to pull requests. Administrators could create a better experience by more easily scaling out across servers.

Since then, we’ve been working to improve Power Pack, listening to your requests and suggestions. Today, we’re happy to announce the beta program for our newest, most highly-requested feature: Power Pack Reports.

Power Pack Reports

Get insight into your code reviews

Teams of all sizes can benefit from analyzing and measuring the effectiveness of code review amongst their developers. Better insight leads to better, more cost-effective processes and policies. To help with this, we're adding five different ways of looking at your code review process:

  • Time to First Feedback

    This helpful graph shows how long, on average, it takes for new changes to be reviewed. See where the bottlenecks are in your team.

  • Time to Close

    Some code reviews hang on for far too long, delaying releases. See how often this is happening, and where.

  • Review Request Statistics

    A quick at-a-glance table showing statistics on how frequently team members post review requests, how many issues they typically have filed against them, and how many of those are dropped instead of fixed.

  • Code Review Statistics

    More detailed metrics on the actual code reviews performed within the team. See who on your team are more actively reviewing code, how many issues they tend to find, and how frequently they mark Ship It! You'll have a better sense of who is really engaged in the code review process.

  • Code Review Relationships

    This eye-catching diagram shows who's more actively reviewing who's code. It provides a great way of quickly seeing which parts of your team are working closely together, and who's not pulling their weight.

Try it out!

We have a lot of ideas in the works for this feature, but we want to get your feedback on the direction we're going.

If you think reporting would benefit your team, we'd love to have you as part of our beta! Your feedback will help to ensure this becomes an indispensable part of your code review process.

Please fill out our sign-up form to get started. We'll e-mail you as soon as the beta is ready.

Review Board 2.0.1 is released

We got a great response to last week's release of Review Board 2.0. We're happy to see that people were very receptive to the changes and improvements we made to the product. We also got some helpful, detailed bug reports.

Review Board 2.0.1 fixes a number of bugs and regressions found in 2.0. Most were minor, though some impacted installs and upgrades on some configurations.

Some of the highlights of this release include:

  • Upgrades from pre-1.7 versions of Review Board should work better.
  • Fixes for posting changes against Subversion and Perforce.
  • Draft banners should no longer go missing.
  • The "Last Updated" timestamp on review requests are now updated when posting reviews.
  • Better memory performance for the condensediffs command.
  • Improvements to extension packaging and media deployment.
  • Visual tweaks in the diff viewer and My Account page.

See the release notes for the complete list of changes in 2.0.1.

Announcing Review Board 2.0!

We are very excited to announce the release of Review Board 2.0. This is our largest release ever, with lots of new features for end users and administrators, over 70 bugs fixed, usability and performance improvements throughout the product, and significant enhancements to our web API and extension framework.

There's way too much to talk about for this post. We'll simply go over some of the changes we've made to help the day-to-day life of software developers. The release notes will cover the rest.

The diff viewer is more powerful

So much of your time in Review Board is spent looking at diffs. We decided to make that time more pleasant.

We moved to a nicer look-and-feel with better readability, redesigned the revision/interdiff selector, added smarter moved line support and cleaner interdiffs, revamped the file listing (which introduces icons showing the complexity of changes), and introduced all-new indicators for showing indentation-only changes.

Review requests are prettier

The layout of review requests have been improved. The Description and Testing Done have been moved up, with the other fields moved to the right-hand side. This puts the most important information right in front of you, taking up less screen real-estate in the process.

We made it easier to see changes made to a review request. Newly uploaded diffs are shown with their file listings and change complexity icons. Text field changes are shown as unified diffs. Newly uploaded file attachments are shown as thumbnails. Et cetera.

"Ship-It!" is more meaningful

You'll now only see a "Ship-It!" in the Dashboard if all open issues have been addressed. Otherwise, you'll see an open issue count, letting everyone know that there's still work to be done.

If a reviewer opens issues and says "Ship It!" in the same review, the "Ship It!" won't be shown until the last open issue is closed.

Posting changes is easier

We've completely revamped the New Review Request page to make it easier to get changes into Review Board. In particular, it's easy to post existing commits from a branch on your repository without using RBTools, with just a couple clicks.

If you are using RBTools 0.6 or higher, you should find it's even faster to post your changes! There's also a few goodies in 0.6 for posting a commit's ID, and posting in Markdown format. Speaking of...

There's Markdown everywhere!

You can now use Markdown-formatted text in any text box, including the Description/Testing Done fields and in reviews or replies. This is particularly handy if you want to show off code samples, embed images, or list something in bullet point form.

What else...

  • Built-in review for text-based file attachments.
  • Search is now really easy to set up.
  • An all-new My Account page, for selecting groups and updating your profile.
  • A better-organized Dashboard, with support for bulk-closing review requests.
  • Experimental Web Hooks for closing review requests when pushing related commits.
  • High-DPI icons.
  • Faster load times with fewer reloads.
  • Many, many more improvements.

We didn't even get into the huge number of improvements to the web API and extensions, and all the performance and usability issues we addressed.

We want to thank everyone who helped make this release happen. Our contributors, beta testers, packagers, and of course, all the users and administrators out there who have provided great feedback and ideas over the years.

See the release notes for the full list of what's in 2.0. For any questions or concerns, please reach out to us on our community support list.

Review Board 2.0 RC 3 released

We’ve been working hard on fixing the bugs found by our beta testers, fine-tuning all the new extension support, and getting a few more experimental Web Hooks in place for more hosting services.

All around, it’s a good release. In fact, we were looking to call this the final 2.0, but we have a few fixes we want just a bit more testing on first.

Some of the key highlights of this release include:

  • Fixes for upgrading from a pre-1.7 release
  • Better protection from broken extensions
  • Some new extension abilities for blocking publishing of review requests
  • Condensing diffs no longer eats all available memory
  • Lots of bugs squashed

The release notes have the full details, as well as installation instructions.

Our hope is to release the final 2.0 this month. A big thanks to all of our beta testers for providing such great feedback!

Review Board 1.7.25 released with security updates

The Django project just announced a new set of security releases. We're putting out a matching Review Board 1.7.25 release that pulls these in, plus fixes for Active Directory and some documentation.

We recommend that everybody running 1.7.x updates to 1.7.25. If you're not ready to upgrade Review Board yet, you can instead upgrade to the new Django release by running:

$ sudo easy_install Django==1.4.11

If you're running the Review Board 2.0 RCs, you can instead upgrade Django by running:

$ sudo easy_install Django==1.6.3

The final Review Board 2.0 release will include these fixes.

See the release notes for the complete list of fixes.

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