Project Collaborators

VersionEye can watch your projects on GitHub, Bitbucket or Stash and notify you about out-dated dependencies. Most time you don’t work alone on a project. Most time you have other team members who work with you on a project.

With the collaboration feature you can add collaborators to your project at VersionEye and they will receive the notification emails as well, just like you do. Just navigate to your project and click the “Collaborators” tab. Here you can start typing the name or username of the user you would like to add.

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VersionEye will show you some suggestions. By clicking on “Add collaborator” the selected user is added immediately as a collaborator to your project and he/she will receive email notifications to the project. The collaborators receive the email notifications to their primary email address in the same period as the you, the project owner, do.

If you would like to add somebody who is not a user at VersionEye yet, you can simply type in an email address and VersionEye will send out an invitation email immediately.

Under the menu “Shared with me”. You can see all the projects you are added as a collaborator. If you don’t like to be a collaborator in a project, simply hit the “remove” button to leave the project and you will not receive anymore notification emails to that project.

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In VersionEye Enterprise there is no “remove” button. That’s a feature ūüėČ If you don’t want to receive the emails you have to talk to the project owner that he removes you from the list.

Let me know how this feature works for you.

New Project Notification Emails

Up to now VersionEye sent out one notification email for each of your projects. That was not the best solution, specially for power users with 100+ projects because they got A LOT of emails. The new version only sends out 1 single email with a summary.

Assume you have 100 projects in VersionEye. 50 of them are monitored daily, and the other 50 are monitored weekly. In that case you receive now every day just 1 single email with a summary about your daily monitored projects. That looks similar like this one here.

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The Dependencies column shows how many dependencies in the project are out-dated and how many are unknown. The Licenses column shows how many dependencies violet the license whitelist and for how many dependencies VersionEye doesn’t know the license.

By clicking on the project name you come to the project detail page on VersionEye, where you can see all dependencies of the project with more details.

Now you get less emails and a better oveview.

New Project Overview

Up to now the project overview at VersionEye was a bit cluttered, it was hard to see which project has the most out-dated dependencies. The new project overview delivers a much more clear design in a table layout.

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The table is sorted by out-dated dependencies. The project with the highest number of out-dated dependencies is always on the top. Now you can see immediately which project needs most of your love ūüôā

Let me know how you like and what do you think about this new view.

How we improved our search results

As developers we try to not write all code by ourselves but to rather reuse existing code in the form of libraries (or “libs”¬†for short). A key activity for code reuse is to search and find libraries that do what you need. That’s why searching through more than 200,000 libraries is one of the key features of VersionEye.

As you might have noticed, we already improved the search results on VersionEye dramatically. Currently, we are tracking almost 300K open source libraries. Many of them have similar or even the same names. Let’s assume you do a search for “hibernate”. There are more than 400 open source packages which include the string “hibernate” in their name. But which one is the one you are looking for?

Up to now, we only ranked search results by the best match for “name”. But this was often disappointing, as the results weren’t ranked the way you would think they should be ordered.

That’s why we came up with two important changes for the search. We included the number of followers and the number of references into the search algorithm. Now, when you search for “hibernate” you will see this:

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As you can see there is a perfect match ranked¬†3rd place, a package with the name “hibernate”. The package with the name “hibernate-core” is now ranked 1st. It ranks higher because it has more followers and more references from other packages. That’s why we assume it is more important than the perfect match. And indeed this is the package you are looking for most of the time you search for “hibernate”, right?

Now, these are the search results for “spring”

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All the spring submodules come first, because they have a high number of followers and references. The perfect name match only ranks on place 12.

Those two small changes to the search algorithm have improved the search already dramatically. And the good thing is, you can influence the search results by your own. Every time you follow or unfollow a package on VersionEye you influence the search results.

If you have a question or an idea about any other factor that could improve the search ranking, please let us know in the comments.

VersionEye has moved to Potsdam

We did it again ūüôā This time we have moved from Berlin to Potsdam. Potsdam is pretty close to Berlin and with the train less than 1 hour away from our old office. We were lucky enough to get free office space from our investors Hasso Plattner Ventures. They had a spare yoga room and it seems like HPV is just not that into yoga¬†ūüėČ So, we are using the room as our office now.

Here it is:

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What do you think? It’s kind of cool to have our own office now. Although, it was inspiring to work in a coworking space, it is also very nice to close the door anytime we want and focus on our own work. There are no distractions anymore. Plus, we are very close to our investors, the Hasso Plattner Institut and the University of Potsdam. We also have a big lake, surrounded by a forest here. Quite idyllic.

Well, we can say that we like our new office very much and we are truly grateful to our investors that they let us stay in such an amazing office for free.

New email notifications

On VersionEye you can follow a software library and as soon the next version comes out you will receive an email notification. We don’t spam you. We send you 1 email per day with all the notifications to the software libraries you follow directly.

Now we changed the format a little bit. In the new email format we not only show you the new version, but also in which of your projects the software libraries is used. Here is an example how the new email looks like.

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Of course this only works if VersionEye is monitoring some of your GitHub repositories.

Let us know how you like this new feature.

lat-lon

Today we want to present lat/lon. They are using our Maven Plugin to manage their Java dependencies.

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lat/lon is a Germany-based consulting and software engineering company focused on Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI), geospatial IT standards and Open Source software. lat/lon is a Principal Member of the Open Geospatial Consortium and the main developer of the degree project (http://deegree.org/ ), the most substantial implementation of OGC and ISO standards in the field of Open Source software. It builds the foundation for numerous productive components of spatial data infrastructures Рin Germany, Europe and all over the world.