Under the hood there were some more, larger changes, but we’ll be announcing the details of those later.
The most recent system upgrade happened on 9 June on our EU-based system and on 17 June on the US-based one.
Describing and sorting tasks¶
The most immediately visible change was triggered by complaints from users who were struggling with long lists of tasks; the tasks appeared on the list in the order that they were created in. That’s not a problem when there are three or four tasks, but there are people who have twenty, thirty or even more. Imagine the mess…
It is now possible to label tasks with an optional description that can be more human-readable than the command (say, “daily reconciliation script”). That is nice on its own, but the true power of descriptions is acquired when combined with sorting.
It is now possible to sort task lists by any column, including the description. That means that descriptions that start
with tags allow grouping and sub-grouping of tasks. For example you can have two web apps
www.bar.com and a set of related periodically run management commands. Now it’s possible to write a description for
each of them starting with
[bar], so after sorting, tasks related to each web app appear next to each other
on the task list.
There were, as always, multiple small changes under the hood that make our system more reliable, efficient and less buggy.
But there are two big changes that we need to do some final checks on before blogging about them – we’ll keep you posted!