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We got some updates on the new task page for y'all!

  • We did some design updates and added some features to the new task page. So buckle up because it's the first step to improving a lot more stuff in there:
  • We added a fancy pants Combobox component to the application, so you can search for all your targets and make your workflow smoother while switching and selecting targets 馃暫
  • Proportion and use of space were adjusted in a way you can better visualize the logs of your tasks. We managed to decrease just a little of space from the editor but make a substantial increase of space in the logs, using the same total area 馃憖
  • Selecting a target was placed on top of where the schema for your MySQL and Postgres database is loaded to improve the organization in the page 馃搫
  • For every target you select, we change the URL so you can save that link and always have direct access to the targets you work with the most 馃敆

Next steps

  • We still want to improve the use of space in the logs area, so some new design updates are coming on the tab component and in the actions of that page;
  • We aim to make this page very close to an IDE (Integrated Development Environment), so many more exciting features and improvements are under development or discussion.

Stay tuned 馃摶

Here's a quick GIF showing this experience and two screenshots comparing how it was and how it is now:

GIF showing the Combobox experience: new-design-updates-new-task

How it was: Screenshot 2022-04-19 at 14 40 53

How it is: Screenshot 2022-04-19 at 14 41 24

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The new year is here. We want to celebrate with you by sharing exciting new features that will make your life a whole lot easier.

Happy 2022 and let's dive in!

Run tasks in the Runops Portal

Use a large canvas to edit your scripts, logs loading automatically right bellow, and all your history of executions accessible as you run things.

When you are done with a Connection, easily switch targets to run different scripts.

Wanna re-run a script from yesterday?

Filter you history to find the script you need and re-execute a task with 2 clicks!

Hit cmd (mac) / win (windows) + enter to run your script from the canvas.

Here is a quick video of Matheus showing all these features in action: https://runops.io/docs/english-videos/#intro

Slack workflows

No need to copy and paste the same script everyday anymore.

If you have a script you need to run every day like database check or a financial report, you can now use the Runops step in Slack Workflows to schedule the execution of a task with a few clicks, all within Slack.

After the setup you get a message from the Runops bot with the results of your task every day at the configured time.

Check out this video on how to setup: https://runops.io/docs/portuguese-videos/#tarefas-agendadas

You can also use the Runops workflow step to create shortcuts.

Use Shortcuts to make scripts such as a report or a db check accessible trough a button available in the Slack chat panel.

The Runops bot speaks SQL!

If you like running tasks from Slack you will love this one. Now you can chat with the Runops bot using SQL! That is correct, you send SQL or any script in the chat and the bot replies with the results.

Here is how to use it:

  1. List the available Connections by typing targets
  2. Select a target by typing target my-target-name
  3. Start sending your script and get the results back for each message!

Check out this video for more details on how to use it: https://runops.io/docs/portuguese-videos/#chatbot

Improved Agent reliability

We released multiple enhancements to the Agent communication with the API.

The latest Agent version has increased capabilities in terms of how long a task can last, the size of scripts and outputs it can handle, and many other enhancements and bug fixes.

If you aren't using the latest version already, we highly recommend you upgrade your agents.

You can find the latest version along with the full details of the changes here: https://github.com/runopsio/agent/releases

Welcome NodeJS!

You can now run NodeJS scripts in Runops. Many of you use Python or Ruby to create more complex automations, but now you can also use NodeJS.

You can see the list of npm packages available here: https://github.com/runopsio/agent/blob/main/Dockerfile#L116 - feel free to ask for new packages or contribute with suggestions.

Web signup

New organizations can now signup for Runops from the browser.

Before this release new organizations were only able to signup from our CLI. Many people love the CLI experience, but this is not the case for everyone.

So go ahead and tell your friends from other companies that they should be using Runops and can start here: https://use.runops.io/signup

Thanks!

That is it for this update.

As always, please let us know of any feedback, suggestion, comment, or anything that comes to mind.

See you next time!

2 min read

Presenting: The Runops Web App!

You can now use Runops in the browser! The web app experience is live for a few weeks and the feedback has been fantastic. Here are some of the things users love in the web app:

Tasks Inbox

You can view your Tasks' history in a simple, yet powerful list. In the Tasks' detail view you can see review information, script, and logs!


Admins using the web app can manage users, targets and agents!

  • Create, deactivate, and update users' groups.
  • Create and update Connections.
  • See your organizations' connected agents and metadata.

Welcome groups, farewell

Now, instead of controlling access to Connections using roles, and reviews with teams, you use only one property:聽groups. Plus, we added the capability of聽controlling access to templates using groups.

Reliability Enhancements

We made some structural changes in the last few weeks to Runops. Despite the size of the changes, most of you didn't even notice it. This is because we invested a lot of time in improving our reliability. We are not only fixing problems faster when they happen, but even fixing them before you notice. Some of these improvements include:

  • Runops Agent runtime instrumentation. The Runops Agent now loads and exports runtime configurations. This improves our visibility into problems and increases our abilities to fix problems in the agent without involving your team.

  • Central monitoring tool. All our systems now use the same central error monitoring and tracking system. This system makes sure that we get notifications for any problem that happens in any system. Notifications include all the metadata on the problem, including the individual user and organization. This is why you get messages from our team when you have problems even before you think about reaching out.

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We simplified the Runops authorization mechanism!

Now, instead of controlling access to Connections using roles, and reviews with teams, you use only one property: groups.

Plus, we added the capability of controlling access to templates using groups.

What are groups?

Groups are a simple concept to grasp and will enable us to add even more powerful features in the future. In a nutshell, you add users to one or more groups. Groups can map to your teams, squads, locations, anything you want. With these groups, you then manage access to Connection, Reviews, Templates, and more. It's a very light and easy to use RBAC mechanism.

What do you have to do?

Nothing. We migrated all your teams and roles to the groups property.

You don't have to do anything.

Just use groups the same way you used teams and roles from now on.

What about Roles and Teams?

The fields team and 'roles` of the user are still there. They are now only metadata about the user to help identify the user in the Slack review card. These fields won't be use for decisions anymore.

When does this ship?

We are rolling out this feature over the next couple days. We have been using it for a few weeks and it's amazing! Your organization should get it soon.

Where can I learn more?

Check out the docs to learn more.

See you later!