Curing Continuous Delivery Headaches: UrbanCode Tools Level Up
The Continuous Delivery toolmakers over at UrbanCode released two significant upgrades to their toolsets for helping companies follow the DevOps philosophy. A new release for AnthillPro (a Continuous Delivery pipline platform) was focused on bug fixes, but a
handful of nice little features were added as well to deal with common
- Read only views of configuration: Editors used to be the only ones who could view the configuration of projects, workflows and jobs. Now, those with “read” only permissions can review the configuration if granted rights to the Admin tab.
- Visibility into inherited properties: The project-environment property screen also shows inherited properties from the system, environment or project along with where the value was set.
- BuildLife Deleted Event: An internal event fires when a build life is deleted. If you want to send emails or launch processes when BuildLives die, the hook is available.
- Tweaks to “keep at least X days” cleanup rules: The calculation can now be based either on the time since the BuildLife was created, or since the status was applied.
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This section of the news was written by Christopher Strah.
We’re also excited to announce the release of version 4.5 of uDeploy – our Application Release Automation product.
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uDeploy 4.5’s new features are a direct result of customer feedback, and make it even more powerful than before. The workflow editor has been enhanced, and is now cleaner and easier to navigate. It also delivers easy-to-model processes with splits and joins, conditional branching, and automated remediation strategies.
Additionally, uDeploy 4.5 makes deployments faster and more reliable with component templates. Users can now manage configurations in one centralized location, and then create components that inherit a configuration automatically; allowing component processes to be reused.
More killer features in uDeploy 4.5 include:
- Redesigned Workflow Editor: Easy to model processes with splits and joins, conditional branching, automated remediation steps, and smoother navigation
- Component Templates: Configure less and with greater reliability by creating reusable templates for components
- Artifact Retention Policy: Administrators can now set a number of days to keep artifacts that have not been involved in any deployment
- Configuration Verification: uDeploy reduces deployment failures by checking that all environmental settings are properly configured before attempting a deployment
- New Plugin Version & Upgrade System: New Plugin Version & Upgrade System – Test and production instances now display the version of the plugin you’re using and plugin versions are incremented on every update; not just when an API changes
- Include/Exclude Filters for SVN Imports: Imports: Specify which files and directories to import when a tag contains more artifacts than you need
- Updated In-Product Help System & PDF Documentation Set
uDeploy 4.5 is out and available for download on the UrbanCode Supportal.
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