Hi everyone. Welcome to the first ChangeLog of 2020! We skipped last week due to the new Review Board 3.0.16 release, so let’s dive in and get caught up.
Review Board 3.0.16
Last Tuesday, we released Review Board 3.0.16. It’s been a long time since 3.0.15, and there are two reasons for this:
- Most of our attention of late has been on completing the remaining architectural work on Review Board 4.0 (Python 3 and Django 1.11 porting) and RBCommons user roles and billing updates.
- We’ve been trying to carefully design and implement some large backend improvements for repositories and repository configuration, in collaboration with another vendor, and wanted to get it right before we released.
We’ve discussed the repository improvements before, so read that if you want to learn a bit more, but the gist is that we’re giving SCMTools (repository backends) a lot more flexibility in how they present repository configuration, how they’re registered for use in Review Board, and how extra data for repositories get stored. This will lead to some significant improvements in the coming months for a couple of our supported repository types.
Now unless we find some major bug fixes in 3.0.16, it’ll probably be a little while until 3.0.17. We have a backlog of RBTools work we plan to release, and we’re still trying to get 4.0’s architectural rework done.
Review Board 4.0 Status
Most of the rewritten administration UI is in a usable state, and we’re just getting it all ready to be reviewed and landed. After this, we’ll be bumping our Django dependency and performing a bunch of real-world usage tests, just to make sure there isn’t some big breakage some place.
(If you want to learn more about the administration UI work and how it relates to Django and the release, read the ChangeLogs from October 24, 2019, October 31, 2019, and November 7, 2019.)
Once we’re happy, we’ll ship 4.0 Beta 1. Almost there!
New Semester, New Students
Every semester, we take on a batch of CS students eager to work on some real-world project, currently as part of the CANOSP program run by the University of Alberta, Canada.
It all starts this weekend at a get-together in Edmonton, Canada, where we’ll be helping five new students get set up, go over architecture and standards, and start them on their projects.
We’ll talk more about what they’ll be working on next week, but they mostly center around quality-of-life improvements to Review Board.
Wrapping Up The Week
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