[Buildbot-devel] console and waterfall views for Nine

Jared Grubb jared.grubb at gmail.com
Fri Apr 25 16:52:37 UTC 2014

Welcome to the project András!

I'm excited for both our GSoC projects this year, and you certainly have a cool one!

The waterfall view is a popular part of buildbot (to Dustin's dismay :) and updating it for nine is going to be a fun project I think. My personal wishlist for the waterfall page (besides making sure we have one in nine, which is the first step) is:
 * dynamically updating
 * able to show parallel builds side-by-side (currently, if a builder has two builds going at the same time, they get stacked, which is weird). This could be tough if you have a lot of builds happening on one builder, but would be interesting to address that issue.
 * More friendly views:
    * Show less information.
    * Less whitespace

I'd be curious to hear others on the last two. I feel like I spend way too much time scrolling in the waterfall view. It is both too sparsely populated (lots of whitespace between things) and at the same time way too full of things (many builds all crammed together, with way too much text). It seems that we could hide a lot of redundant information, and maybe fudge the time axis to let things be closer together. Maybe there's a "zoom out" that lets you see things at a very high level with rollovers that let you dive in when you find something interesting.

I dont know, that's my idea dump.


On Apr 22, 2014, at 2:21, András Tóth <andras.toth93 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi!
> I have got the opportunity that part of Google Summer of Code I can work on a chosen idea over the summer as part of the Buildbot community. First of all I would like to thank Pierre and Dustin for the great help they gave me even before the applications.
> Let me briefly introduce myself. My name is András Tóth, I am a second year undergraduate at Budapest University of Technology and Economics. I am majoring in Computer Engineering, BSc.
> My chosen idea is the following: Build UI dashboards as plugins for the Web UI. This project includes among others the reimplementation of console and waterfall views on the client side for Nine.
> It is important to me to know your needs! I welcome your ideas and advices! What are the existing functions that you would like to see to return? What kind of innovations would you like to see? Which possibilities do you consider important in terms of customization? Please write me down all your thoughts in details!
> Thank you very much for your time and assistance!
> András
> (+András Tóth)
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