[Buildbot-devel] console and waterfall views for Nine

Jared Grubb jared.grubb at gmail.com
Fri Apr 25 20:40:03 UTC 2014

On Apr 25, 2014, at 11:04, Kevin Funk <kevin.funk at kdab.com> wrote:

> On Friday 25 April 2014 09:52:37 Jared Grubb wrote:
>> 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.
>> Jared
>> (snip)
> I have one item on my wish-list here.
> Please try to make use of categories on the waterfall page in Nine, in some 
> way. E.g. by displaying a summary view of categories first, then the actual 
> waterfall view when clicking on a specific category. That alone could fix the 
> scrolling issue in multi-project setups.
> Note: Our company currently has around >100 builders in >20 categories -- you 
> can imagine that this results in a huge waterfall view in case no category 
> filter is set. I find myself scrolling horizontally a lot.
> Disclaimer: I hope you didn't get rid off the category attribute in Nine :)

It's called "tags" now (because "category" was used on changes in a completely unrelated way so we wanted two terms), and you can apply mulitple of them to a builder.

The filter may not be there just yet (?) but that's definitely the intent.

> Greets
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