New feature: Google Container Engine

Following our recent Kubernetes integration, we’re happy to announce you can now run your containers on Google clusters.

Google Container Engine is a cluster manager and orchestration system run in Google Cloud. It is based on Kubernetes open source container management system and is most often used by software developers for creating enterprise applications that require scalability and performance.

Buddy v1.5.29 Released

New features

  • Trigger conditions in build actions, eg. run gulp on tasks only on changes in the /assets folder
  • New action: Wait for apply. The pipeline will wait for manual confirmation to proceed
  • New action: Run Kubernetes job
  • You can now optimize your Kubernetes tasks in the Google Container Engine

How to deploy projects with Git

SFTP, SCP, Rsync, the good old FTP – there are many ways to deliver an app. The choice depends on many factors, such as working speed, infrastructure limitations (some servers allow only FTP upload), or developer preferences.

Some time ago we made an analysis of what our clients use for application upload. The clear winner was the FTP protocol. Right after it, there were SFTP and Rsync. However, in this post we’d like to talk about the fourth contender that only just missed the podium: Git.

Buddy v1.5.27 Released

New features

Improvements

  • Google App Engine – in this action we’ve been using the offical Google image. Recently, Google has changed the base image to Alpine, which forced us to change the way in which the methods are called
  • [Buddy Enterprise] You can now set the timeout for build actions in config. If the length of pipeline execution exceeds the value, the execution will end as ‘failed’

Buddy v1.5.24 Released

New features

Improvements

  • Don’t skip flag. A single pipeline cannot be undergoing more than one execution at a given time. In other words, if the execution is in progress and another user runs the pipeline, the second execution will be queued and won’t start until the first one is over. However, if there are more executions in the line (for example 5), Buddy will only run the newest execution (5) and skip the rest (2-4). From now on you can check Don’t skip in the pipeline and Buddy will run all executions one by one. This feature is useful if you want to check every single commit for errors
  • You can now parameterize the URL address in the Web Monitoring action with env variables and Buddy parameters
  • From now on the errors thrown on the server side by HTTP requests will be covered in a detailed stacktrace in the action logs
  • You can now temporarily disable specific actions in the YAML file by adding "disable: true" to the action properties

Bug fixes

  • When two or more pipelines were triggered and queued, the pipeline that was triggered last was executed as the first in line. From now on the pipelines will be executed in the natural order they were run.
  • One of our clients (cheers Mike!) reported a problem with fetching feeds on the Activity stream. We’ve changed some indexes in Mongo DB and fixed it
  • Fixed bug with running pipelines with HEAD revision set fetching the revision from the default branch instead of the branch set in the pipeline

Feature roadmap for June 2017

It’s been a busy couple of months for the team at Buddy.

As you can learn from our weekly newsletter, we’re doing our best to drop new features regularly, their priority always reflecting current demand from the community. Here’s a few words on what we’re working on at the moment, and what we’re cooking for the months to come.

Buddy v1.5.21 Released

New features

  • New integration: Kubernetes. You can now apply K8s deployment configs, set images in K8s deployment, and run K8s jobs.

Improvements

  • A followup to using Slack as a deploy bot, it is now possible to run deployments with a short hash code
  • You can now use the list of commits and the list of added/modified files in the Buddy parameters. The full list of parameters is available here

Bug fixes

  • For some users the DigitalOcean integration was not listing droplets when adding a new deployment action. This was caused by the token not refreshing correctly. Fixed
  • Fixed bug with Google Cloud Storage deployment not working properly if the source path indicated a single file instead of a folder
  • Fixed bug with listing projects in Google Cloud Engine. Just like with DigitalOcean, this was caused by the token not refreshing correctly
  • [Buddy Enterprise] Fixed bug with wrong allocation of RAM to Docker containers, which in some cases caused the installation process to fail.

Webpack vs Gulp

With the rising popularity of Webpack more and more people start comparing it with Gulp.

Fierce discussions populate comment sections of web development websites about which one is better. In this article we’ll show you what Webpack is, how it differs from Gulp, and – most importantly – which one you should use.

Buddy v1.5.19 Released

Improvements

  • Environment variables are now supported in private_key and passphrase inputs of the Git Push action
  • Due to different server configurations of our users we have decided to remove remote directory validation on the server—there will be no more problems with adding SSH actions. NOTE: if the specified directory does not exist on the server, the first execution will end as failed
  • You can now use the filesystem in pipelines with branch assignment set to ‘None’
  • We’ve changed the way pipeline statistics are generated so that they’re much more clear

Bug fixes

  • Fixed bug with incorrect date of the last change to a directory or file in the Code tab. The date is generated with git log: sometimes a wrong parameter was applied and the last revision was not fetched, which caused the website to crash
  • Basic authentication for the HTTP Request action was only served in the POST method. Now the rest of methods is served as well

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