Release 3.85.1654 is mostly focused on adding API enhancements that will allow me to do more administrative work without having to shell into the server.
Since the production version of the Manager is pretty much stabilized and I am not doing feature work anymore, there's almost nothing user-facing in this one except some low-key break/fix stuff (that most people probably didn't even notice was broken in the first place).
In fact, the most significant user-facing aspect of this release is that it continues the deprecation of https://thewatcher.io, which will go away officially in January 2020: the old watcher.io URLs now forward to https://api.kdm-manager.com URLs and, as I mentioned on the Manager's Twitter:
Since it is officially deprecated as of today, I'm not going to print the email address here, but the tweet basically confirms that the old support email at https://thewatcher.io is officially shut down and will bounce.
Finally, as everyone knows by now, the indefinite delay of Waves three and four will continue for at least another year, but I still have plans for new KD software in 2019.
With any luck, I will be able to announce some specifics of those plans very soon! Could even be the first week of September 2019.
Watch this space for updates and, as usual, hit the jump for complete release notes.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Friday, July 26, 2019
|CPU utilization before and after the last release.|
In the last post, I spoke a bit about optimization and utilization. The graphic at the top of this post shows CPU utilization before and after the last release went out to production. As you can see, the difference is stark!
(For those interested, the tl;dr version is this: those CPU utilization spikes happen when the world daemon refreshes old data in the warehouse. Before the last release, which included critical fixes for averaging queries and added indexes to the main MongoDB collections, the world daemon was using 100% of the CPU whenever it ran!)
At any rate, there is, once again, almost nothing user-facing in this release except for one critical bug fix: creating a new survivor with an avatar no longer fails.
3.85.1643 will probably be the last release for a while, but I expect to have a major announcement before the end of the month, so watch this space!
Thursday, July 25, 2019
|Kingdom Death Fighter (work in progress).|
Release 3.85.1641 of the Manager is mostly focused on those goals, specifically as they pertain to the (expensive/inefficient) bits of the World module that creates stats about survivors, settlements and users.
The main thing in this one that's user-facing in this one is a handful of fixes for the data on the World section of the Dashboard: some of the averages have been broken since the migration, the number of subscribers was off, etc.
As far as tickets go, there's one more issue regarding World stuff that I've got to take care of, and that should get us moved on from the last of the outstanding migration work.
From there, the plan for the Manager is to continue to stabilize the production application by fixing application issues as they arise (or are brought to my attention) and doing break/fix work on the API. Once I close all open tickets for the webapp and the API, I will reveal the details of (sinister) Phase Two of my 2019 project.
Until then, hit the jump for complete release details.
And thanks for using the Manager!
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
|Fighter (work in progress)|
Release 3.85.1635 is a break/fix type release dedicated to cleaning up issues left over from last week's migration.
And, speaking of that, I would like to give a special thanks to everyone who submitted issues after the big migration on Friday: as I said to some of you, I expected there would be some issues after the migration, but the ones that occurred were really obscure.
At any rate, this should fix up some of the most commonly encountered issues since the migration, including a couple of issues that prevented certain settlements from loading and the annoying pop-up messages that were happening when changing survivor color schemes.
Finally, as I mentioned in the last update, the legacy webapp is no longer under active development, so the following is now true:
- updates in this blog will no longer include an "Application Enhancements" section (since I'm not doing any).
- the text in the "About" section of the dashboard has been updated.
- the open issues on GitHub that have to do with feature work have been moved to a new project (more on that later).
As usual, hit the jump for details!
Friday, July 19, 2019
|Old survivor (work in progress).|
Before I get into the release notes/change log, however, I have a few announcements.
(Also, in case you're wondering, https://api.thewatcher.io is going away soon: more on that in future posts.)
The 1.0.000 release is designed around performance and the delivery of some major new features, including support for multiple rules sets/versions, gear grids/saved load-outs, etc.
Second, 3.85.1633 is the last "feature" release that I will be doing on what is now the legacy version of Manager: the new features that leave beta and go out for General Availability in this release are the last new features that will be added to the current version of the Manager and the API.
I will continue to support the legacy version of the Manager, but from now on, my efforts are officially going to be focused on a new project that...I can't actually officially announce yet.
All of that having been said, here's a summary of the major changes in release 3.85.1633:
- I closed about a dozen issues and addressed a bunch of bugs, including long-standing issues with password hashing, cookies and adding expansion content to settlements.
- API documentation app has been reorganized/cleaned up, uses material design and now has a nifty left-side nav bar.
- Support for the Santa Satan expansion has been added.
- Gear card lookup exits beta (!) and becomes generally available.
- The Manager now uses the 1.0.0 release of the API
- I created a "downtime" app that will be used whenever I have to do an extended downtime for re-deployments of critical application components (of which I am planning three in 2019).
As usual, hit the jump for complete release notes!
Friday, January 25, 2019
|How the webapp's main|
view will look during the
I just wanted to let everybody know that I am planning on pushing some major updates to the Manager in the next production release, and, given the scope and scale of what's going to change on the back end for the next release, I have decided to err on the side of caution and take the whole site down until the deployment is totally complete.
Hit the jump for specifics!
Sunday, December 2, 2018
|Tablet resolution night mode tease!|
The only major new feature in this release is the new (beta) Night Mode feature. If you subscribe to the Manager (and have the beta features enabled), definitely check it out and let me know what you think!
Among the other minor corrections and fixes, this release also starts to clean up some of the messiness in both the Settlement Event Log and the user interface around modifying a Survivor's Survival: superfluous/redundant log messages are eliminated, Survival-related events that do make it to the log are cleaner-looking and situations where the Manager stops a user-attempted Survival update are logged.
There are some minor touch-ups to the (beta) Gear Lookup feature, so if you use that or have it enabled, hit me up and let me know what you think: the feature will, I hope, be ready to exit beta soon, so what you see in there now is probably pretty close to what we're going to go with for General Availability.
Thanks for using the Manager!