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Brainboard Feature Changelog - Week #4 - January 2023

We're excited to share with you the latest updates and improvements to our platform. Here's a summary of what we've been working on this week:

🐞 FIXED

We've resolved reported issues that were causing occasional crashes when, for example:
Pull Request by Brainboard
  1. Specify a different brand when doing a pull request:
    • We now allow you to specify a different branch in the base branch field in the pull request modal, when creating a pull request. This means that you are able to select which branch they want to merge their changes into, rather than being restricted to a specific branch such as “main”. This feature can be useful for organizations that use multiple branches for development and testing, as it allows developers to easily collaborate on code changes and merge them into the appropriate branch for deployment. Additionally, it can help to maintain the versioning and history of the Terraform codebase.
  2. GCP VPC and Subnet: 
    • They were not containers*. Now, they are… 
    • Containers* in the cloud refers to the use of containerization technology to deploy and manage applications in a cloud computing environment. Containers are a lightweight and portable way to package and deploy applications, and they can be run on a variety of platforms, including Google Cloud. Containers are isolated from one another, which helps to increase security and reduce the chances of conflicts between different applications. 
    • Google Cloud offers a service called Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) which allows you to easily deploy, scale, and manage containerized applications on the cloud.
    • Google Compute Network (GCN) is a virtual network that allows you to create and manage a network topology for your Google Cloud resources. It allows you to create subnets, firewall rules, and routes to control how your resources communicate with each other and with the internet.
    • Google Compute Subnetwork (GCSN) is a subnet within a GCN that allows you to segment your network into smaller, more manageable pieces. It also enables you to control the IP ranges for resources in a subnet, and apply firewall rules and routes to specific subnets.
  3. Variable type not saved:
    • Problem: This bug fix addresses an issue where a new variable is not correctly saving the type information during the creation or modification process. This can cause problems with the functionality of the application, as the type of variable is important for determining how the application should handle and interact with the variable's value.
    • Solution: The fix involves updating the Terraform code that is responsible for handling the creation and modification of variables to properly save the type information. This could involve checking for missing or incorrect type information, and adding code to handle this properly. Additionally, it also involves testing the updated Terraform code to ensure that the bug is resolved and that the new variables are being created and modified correctly with the correct type information. 
  4. Custom group TF file broken:
    • Problem: The bug fix addresses an issue with the functionality that retrieves custom group files in Terraform. The bug is related to the fact that when a group starts with 'f' or 't' the retrieval of the custom group file is broken. The issue with the Terraform configuration for the “test” group, as the test.tf file should contain the necessary information for provisioning and managing the infrastructure for that group, but it is empty. 
    • Solution: Create an architecture or a blueprint of the infrastructure using Terraform. Add 3–4 nodes on the design canvas, which are servers or machines that make up the cloud infrastructure. Change the group of 2 of the nodes to “test” group. Now, retrieve the test.tf file, which should contain the Terraform configuration for the “test” group.
  5. Scroll through a big output:
    • Problem: The bug fix addresses an issue with the performance of scrolling through the output of the “plan” in Terraform. The bug is causing the scrolling to be slow and unresponsive, with a delay of 2–3 seconds before the update or the next lines are displayed.
    • Solution: We optimized the code that handles the output display and scrolling by reducing the number of updates and unnecessary calculations. We always make sure the data is being loaded and processed efficiently.
  6. Import Multiple strings:
    • Problem: The bug fix addresses an issue with the way Brainboard import Terraform code that contains "<<EOF" and "EOF" for a field. The bug causes these characters to be changed into strings which causes issues in the interpretation of the code.
    • Solution: Update the import code to properly handle these characters. We make sure the code that reads and interpret the imported Terraform code is able to handle these characters correctly.
  7. Feedback survey:
    • Problem: We noticed that the feedback form brought aggressive prompts to you, builders and cloud architects. 
    • Solution: We've disabled it for now. Please continue to contribute to the Slack community and contact us if any improvements need to be fixed. We generally respond within 6h. 
  8. Editing node title:
    Cloud Architecture Design canvas by Brainboard
    • Problem: The bug fixes you addresses an issue with the way the editing of the title of a node behaves in Brainboard's canvas. The bug causes the title of the selected node to change when editing the title of a different node that is not selected.
    • Solution: We added a check to verify that the correct node is being edited, or by making sure the system is keeping track of the correct selected node.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, and thank you for bringing it to our attention.
Please note that the above issues have been fixed in the latest version of Brainboard and should no longer occur. If you continue to experience any issues, please reach out to our support team on our Public Slack Channel.

🧼 IMPROVED

We've made some performance enhancements to the:


  1. CI/CD Engine: We've just introduced a feature for approval tasks, which allows users to request and receive approval before deploying code changes to a production environment. This can be useful for ensuring that code changes have been reviewed and tested properly before they are deployed to a live environment, and can help to prevent errors or issues that could negatively impact the performance or functionality of the system.
  2. Import: We continue to improve the import feature. This week, we've focused on database use case. Now, you can import schema and documentation. A schema is the structure of the database and the rules on how the data should be organized, while a document is a single unit of data stored within the database.
  3. Deleting cloud architectures: When soft-deleting cloud architectures, we now soft delete all related objects including workflow(s), pipelines, jobs, deployments, git integrations, and terraform settings.
This should result in faster load times and a smoother user experience.

As always, we value your feedback and suggestions. If you have any thoughts or ideas on how we can improve Brainboard, please don't hesitate to reach out to our support team.

📆 Replay: Understand CI/CD strategies & Best Practices 


You can now watch last Tuesday's webinar on the details and implications of what CI/CD means for the cloud infrastructure. This is a short preview of what you will learn in less than 70 minutes: 
🖼️ UX/UI
12 days ago

🔁 Highlight the code per resource configuring

When working with Brainboard, users can navigate between the visual representation of their infrastructure (the "resource") and the code that defines it (the "configuration") in a seamless way. 

Before

When a user selects a node in the visual representation of their infrastructure, they may not know where in the code for that specific node is located. 

Now

When a user clicks on a resource in the visual interface, Brainboard solves this problem by automatically highlighting the corresponding section of code when a node is selected, making it easy for the user to find and understand the configuration for that node. This feature allows for more efficient and intuitive management of infrastructure.

For more information, check this video ⬇️
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One step forward in the bidirectional way of working the infrastructure - Design & Code - on Brainboard
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12 days ago

⧮ Improve PR/MR* creation flow with clear error messages!

*
PR = Pull Requests
MR = Merge Requests

Brainboard's tech team has significantly improved the error messaging experience when performing pull or merge requests.

To accomplish this, we have changed the backend to provide more detailed and informative error messages. These error messages are now displayed directly on the front end, making it easy for you to understand and resolve any issues that may arise. We have also made improvements to the modal's User Experience (UX) to make it more intuitive and user-friendly. 

These enhancements will make it easier for you to manage and troubleshoot your code changes.


About

Merge requests (MRs) & pull requests (PR) in a version control system (VCS) like Git can save your cloud infrastructure project by allowing you to:

  1. Collaborate effectively with team members: PR/MR provide a way for team members to propose changes to the infrastructure codebase and review and discuss them with other team members before merging them into the main branch. This allows for better collaboration and communication within the team.
  2. Implement code review and testing processes: PR/MR provides a way to implement a code review process, where other team members review changes to the infrastructure codebase before being merged. This can help identify and fix bugs and issues before they are deployed to production.
  3. Track changes to the infrastructure codebase: PR/MR provides a way to track changes to the codebase, including who made the change and why making it easier to understand how the infrastructure has evolved.
  4. Rollback changes: PR/MR provides a way to roll back changes to the infrastructure codebase if something goes wrong. This can be done by reverting the merge commit or using version control tools like Git to revert specific changes.
  5. Isolate changes: PR/MR provides a way to isolate changes, meaning that changes are committed and tested in a separate branch before merging into the main branch. This allows for keeping the main branch stable and ready to deploy at all times.
  6. Implement automated testing and integration: PR/MR provides a way to implement an automated testing and integration process. This can be done by integrating the VCS with a continuous integration and deployment tool, which can run automated tests and deploy changes to different environments.

One step forward binary way of working the infrastructure on Brainboard
🖼️ UX/UI
19 days ago

↕ Connect multiple resources directly from the idcard

Use an attribute of a resource in the id card of another resource and connect resources — one step further to low coding your cloud infrastructures.

In Brainboard, you can connect multiple resources by using resource references. This can be done in several ways:
  1. Using the "depends_on" argument in resource blocks allows you to specify that a resource depends on another resource and must be created after it.
  2. Using the "${resource.name.attribute}" syntax allows you to reference the attributes of one resource in the configuration of another resource.
  3. Using the "data" blocks to retrieve information from external resources allows you to retrieve information from existing resources and use it to configure new resources.
  4. Terraform modules allow you to group resources and reuse them across multiple configurations. This is a way to organize your resources and share them with others.
  5. Using Terraform's variables: Terraform variables can store resource information and reference it in multiple places in your configuration.

It's important to note that connecting multiple resources depends on the resources themselves and the cloud provider you are using. It is recommended to check the resources and provider documentation to get the best practices.
🖼️ UX/UI
3 months ago

The template catalog is on prod 🚀

One feature that enables engineers to create repeatable templates of cloud architectures is using infrastructure as code (IAC) tools such as Brainboard.


Brainboard is a tool that allows you to define, provision, and manage infrastructure as code. You can use Brainboard to create templates, called modules, that define specific cloud architecture patterns and configurations. These modules can be shared with other team members, allowing them to use the same templates to provision and manage their own infrastructure.


With Brainboard, engineers can create repeatable templates. These files can be version controlled and shared through various means, such as Git. This allows other team members to view, use, and modify the templates, making it easy for them to spin up similar infrastructure quickly.


Brainboard allows you to use variables, which can be defined in a separate file (tfvars) or passed through the command line, making it easy to parameterize the templates and adjust them to specific use cases or environments.

🖼️ UX/UI
4 months ago

✏️ Design to Code

The transition between design and code has been made easier, more responsive and more flexible. Cloud resources can be opened and closed to focus on designing the architecture diagram and Terraform code can be opened and closed to focus on configuration. This new feature was recently developed by our front-end experts and I was impressed with it after trying it out. It's truly amazing and I wanted to share it in this month's newsletter. Try it out for yourself!


Discover the new Design to Code area on Brainboard.
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4 months ago

🔥 Switching tabs

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4 months ago

🚀 Code to Deploy

Brainboard have made significant improvements to the process of configuring cloud resources, specifically in regard to the identification and management of each resource. This is an essential task when building an architecture diagram, and we recognized the need for a more streamlined and efficient approach.

We have completely redesigned the concept of configuring a cloud resource, with a focus on simplifying the process and reducing the number of steps required. This has been achieved through the integration of more advanced automation techniques and the use of more intuitive user interfaces.

In addition to this, we have also made improvements to the design to code feature, which allows for a more seamless transition between designing the architecture diagram and configuring the relevant code. The combination of these two features results in a much smoother overall experience for the user.

I have personally tested these new features and can confidently say that it is a significant improvement from the previous version. I highly recommend giving it a try for yourself and see the difference.

Design to Code within the hour on Brainboard.
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4 months ago

🐞 W38 Updates

This week, we are pleased to announce the release of several updates for our Brainboard cloud management solution. These updates address a number of issues that have been brought to our attention by our valued customers.
  • The location/Region field has been fixed to ensure that it accurately reflects the real value.
  • We have fixed an issue where variables locals were not retained during the cloning process.
  • The reminder form has been fixed to ensure proper functionality.
  • The custom code field is now fully usable, as it was previously causing issues.
  • The architecture cloning process now also retains locals values.
  • We have resolved an issue where the deletion of modules from the catalog was not working as expected.
We are committed to constantly improving our product, and we are grateful for the feedback we receive from our customers.

Furthermore, we strive to provide the best possible experience for our users and we will continue to work on addressing any issues that arise. Thank you for choosing Brainboard for your cloud management needs.

Discover Brainboard today.
🖼️ UX/UI
4 months ago

🖼 Use your own icon for any resource

This feature release pertains to the new id card that has been introduced in the Brainboard cloud management solution. With this new feature, users are now able to directly edit the icon of any resource when configuring it.

To do this, the user simply needs to hover their cursor over the existing icon and a prompt will appear, allowing them to upload a custom icon. This feature allows for a greater degree of customization and organization when building and managing architecture diagrams within Brainboard. Additionally, it gives users the ability to easily identify resources in diagrams by custom icons.

Start configuring your cloud resources with Brainboard.

Edit the resource's icon from the id card directly.
🖼️ UX/UI
4 months ago

🪄 Import from files improved

This feature release pertains to the import feature in the Brainboard cloud management solution. The development team has been working on improving the user experience and the output of this feature.

A new and improved version of the import feature has just been released. With this new version, users are now able to start configuring their cloud resources while they are dragging and dropping them onto their architecture diagram. This means that users no longer have to complete the configuration process after the resources have been imported, they can now do it in real-time as they are adding resources to the diagram. This allows for a more efficient and streamlined workflow, and can save users valuable time.

The team is encouraging users to try out this new feature and provide feedback on their experience with it. This will help the team continue to improve the product and provide the best experience for the users.

 
Import your Terraform files on Brainboard.
Import from terraform file(s)
🖼️ UX/UI
5 months ago

🌈 UX redesign - idcard

This feature release pertains to the redesign of the id card in the Brainboard cloud management solution. The development team has completely rethought the concept of the id card to improve productivity and readability for the users.

The new id card has been redesigned with the goal of providing a more efficient and streamlined workflow when configuring cloud resources. One of the key changes is that users can now start configuring their cloud resources while they are dragging and dropping them onto their architecture diagram. This eliminates the need to switch back and forth between configuring resources and adding them to the diagram, allowing for a more efficient workflow.

In addition to this, the new id card has been optimized for smoother readability. This includes improvements to the layout, typography, and color scheme. The new design is intended to make it easier for users to quickly and easily identify the relevant information for each resource, which can save valuable time when building and managing architecture diagrams.

The new id card also includes advanced automation techniques and more intuitive user interfaces which makes the overall process of configuring cloud resources faster and more user-friendly.


Overall, the redesign of the id card is aimed at improving the productivity and readability of the Brainboard cloud management solution, and providing a better experience for the users.

Start configuring your first resources on Brainboard.

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7 months ago

␡ Deleting an item in map deletes all items

The issue being addressed is that when a user added key-value items into a map-like tag and then removed only one item, it would delete all the items in the map.

The development team has fixed this issue and now when a user removes one item from a map, it will only delete that specific item and not all the items in the map. This ensures that users have greater control over the items in their maps and can make changes to them without accidentally deleting all the items.

In summary, this feature addresses a bug in Brainboard where when a user added key-value items into a map-like tag and then removed only one item, it would delete all the items in the map. The development team has fixed this issue and now when a user removes one item from a map, it will only delete that specific item, ensuring that users have greater control over the items in their maps and can make changes to them without accidentally deleting all of the items.
🖼️ UX/UI
7 months ago

🤩 Feedback in-app

Rate your experience with Brainboard, in-app. 
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8 months ago

🐞 Auto-generate the Terraform code

The issue being addressed is that the code was not being generated for a new architecture.

The development team has fixed this issue and implemented auto-generation of Terraform code, which is a first in the cloud computing industry. This means that when a user creates a new architecture in Brainboard, the platform will automatically generate the corresponding Terraform code for that architecture diagram.

This auto-generation feature can help cloud architects go faster in designing and deploying cloud architectures. By having the Terraform code automatically generated, cloud architects can save time and effort that would have been spent on manually writing the code. This allows them to focus on other important tasks, such as designing and testing their architectures.

Additionally, the auto-generation feature can also help to reduce the chances of errors that can occur when manually writing code. By having the code automatically generated, the chances of typos, syntax errors and other issues are greatly reduced, which can lead to a more stable and reliable infrastructure.

In summary, the feature fixed the issue where the code was not generated for a new architecture and implemented auto-generation of Terraform code, the first in the cloud computing industry. This auto-generation feature can help cloud architects go faster in designing and deploying cloud architectures by saving time and effort that would have been spent on manually writing the code, and reducing the chances of errors.
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8 months ago

♻️ Frontend reload system*

*Frontend reload system refers to a technology that allows for automatic updating of the front-end (client-side) of a web application. It is used to ensure that users always have the most recent version of the application, without the need for manual updates.
The feature being mentioned in the statement is that Brainboard, a cloud management solution, has implemented a frontend reload system. This means that when updates are made to the application, the frontend of the application will automatically reload and update to the newest version. This ensures that users are always working with the most recent version of the application, which can improve the stability and security of the platform, and provides users with the latest features and improvements.

One of the advantages of this feature is that it eliminates the need for users to manually update their application, reducing the chances of errors and downtime. It also makes it easier for the development team to roll out new features and bug fixes, as users will receive them automatically, without the need for manual intervention.

In summary, the frontend reload system is a technology that allows for automatic updating of the front-end of a web application, ensuring that users always have the most recent version of the application, and making it easier for the development team to roll out new features and bug fixes. Brainboard has implemented this feature, which ensures that users always have the newest app version.
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9 months ago

✌️ New Sign up / Sign in

🖼️ UX/UI
9 months ago

🌸 Architecture selector

Manage your projects, environments, and architectures in a whole new way!
https://youtu.be/VPP1-1aKVIU
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🌸 Architecture selector
🖼️ UX/UI
9 months ago

🔥 Module redesigned.

📌 Terraform modules as building blocks 🏛

🔥 Cloud architects, network architect & DevOps people build cloud infrastructures in a way that allow others to reuse their work with the minimum interaction possible → and if they use Terraform, they do it through modules.

✅ In Brainboard.co (YC W22), we allow you now to scale this workflow:
- Import any module by just providing its source path

- You build your internal module's catalog 💪 you build your self-serve modules

- Combine modules to build cloud infrastructures that are aligned with your workflows 🔥

- Customize the icon of every module you import to make understandable diagrams 😍

🎉 Encourage your colleagues to use your work 👉 here you go https://lnkd.in/dZz2bwMv

Import your Terraform Modules in Brainboard

🖼️ UX/UI
10 months ago

🌓 Smoother transition between IaC and Diagram

Design is central to building scalable infrastructures. Now, design and code views are combined for a seamless experience.

Now, you have 4 ways to work on your architecture: 
  1. Design
  2. Design / Code vertical 
  3. Design / Code horizontal 
  4. Code  
🖼️ UX/UI
10 months ago

👋 Re-trigger the onboarding process

🖼️ UX/UI
10 months ago

✚👥 Invite your colleague and collaborate

Adding your colleagues is a click a way!
Add a colleague
🖼️ UX/UI
10 months ago

🗯 Resource tab

🖼️ UX/UI
10 months ago

🦮 Guided Tour

We updated your onboarding process to include more explanation materials at first login, accessible anytime, directly from your interface. We’ve also launched a brand-new tutorial gallery so that anyone can learn how to build their cloud architecture, more efficiently.

Enjoy 🤩

🖼️ UX/UI
11 months ago

🖱 Scroll & Zoom!

Your experience on Brainboard just got smoother! 

- scroll: go up or down
- SHIFT + scroll: go right or left
- CTRL/CMD + scroll: zoom in or out

#Figma #Miro 
🖼️ UX/UI
11 months ago

🎚 Variables & Outputs reimagined

🖼️ UX/UI
11 months ago

📑 Templates catalog

🖼️ UX/UI
11 months ago

✚ Start in 4 ways with Brainboard