We at VersionEye are always interested into your Feedback! Right from the beginning the feedback icon was part of the main menu at VersionEye.
By clicking on the feedback icon a modal dialog appeared where you could send a message to the VersionEye Team. We received your feedback as email and it was not visible to anybody else. Many times we received a bug/feature report multiple times. Simply because many users found the same issue.
A couple days ago we changed the behaviour of the feedback icon. Instead of opening a modal dialog it redirects the user to the ticket system on Bitbucket.
Everybody can sign up for free at Bitbucket and open a ticket for VersionEye. The tickets are visible for everybody! Even for users who are not singed up a Bitbucket!
Why Bitbucket? Why not GitHub?
The code for VersionEye is splittet up in over 10 git repositories. For long time we hosted everything on GitHub and we used internal the GitHub ticket system for ourselves. There are 2 reasons why we moved some repositories to Bitbucket.
- On Bitbucket you can make the ticket system public and at the same time keep the source code private.
- The Ticket system on Bitbucket is a little bit more advanced. Specially the “vote” feature is very useful for communities. That way users can vote for a ticket and we can sort the tickets by votes. That is very useful for new feature requests. Now we don’t have to guess anymore which feature to implement first. We simply implement the features first with the most votes!
We still have code on GitHub and we are still paying customers of GitHub. Simply because the performance of GitHub is better. A ‘git push’ or ‘git checkout’ works on GitHub always a couple seconds faster than on Bitbucket. With git you can have multiple backends without a problem 🙂 That’s why we all love git!
We hope you will embrace our new open ticket system and we will see many features requests and votes in future 😉
VersionEye has a very good integration for GitHub, Bitbucket and Stash. It can monitor project files from different repositories and multiple branches. If VersionEye is connected to a GitHub Account it fetches meta data about that account via the official API. Meta data such as repo names, branch names and file names. If a branch gets added/removed from a repository this meta data is out-of date. Until now you had to hit the “Reimport all repositories” link to reimport ALL repositories with current meta data. If you have many repositories that is a bit time consuming and annoying.
Now we added in each repository view a link “Update meta-data about this repository”, which only updates branches and file names of the current repository. That’s much more efficient 🙂
Yesterday we launched the new Single Page App for the VersionEye – GitHub/Bitbucket integration. For sure you know the old one. This here.
It had a lot of disadvantages. The UI was confusing and cluttered with a lot of information, which is not important for the VersionEye use case. And specially if you had a lot of branches and project files in a repository you had to scroll in the little fixed div area. That was not very comfortable.
The new SPA (Single Page App) is a completely rewrite, with ReactJS. The UI is much simpler, there is nothing you can do wrong. This is the initial page.
You get ALL your repositories listed, without any other useless information. With the text input field you can filter the list and quickly get to your desired repository. By clicking on a repository name you come to the next page, there we import ALL the branches and the supported project files.
Here you can take advantage of the full size of your screen. If you want to monitor a file, simply flip the switch on. After the file is parsed the file name will turn into a link which leads to the VersionEye project page, where you can see all the dependencies of the file.
This SPA is much simpler than the old one. There is nothing you can do wrong and it works much faster. Beside the SPA we also refactored the backend services, which now take more advantage of RabbitMQ. You can try the new SPA in the login area here for GitHub:
And here for Bitbucket:
Let me know how you like it. Either here in the comments or on Twitter.