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Mai 2021 (Fody) - BluInsights 2

The last Blu Insights Batch (our 4-weeks dev cycle) has been intense and exciting. We have been working on a mix of your requests/feedback, new features and a bunch of improvements & bug fixes. The outcomes are packed in a new release called Fody.

  • Dependencies

    • Drag mode: It is now possible to drag a selection of nodes by clicking anywhere on the graph.
    • Layout: Node spacing has been improved to automatically adapt nodes spacing with respect to the number of nodes and links.
    • Nodes Group: Nodes sharing common properties (i.e. workpackages, labels, types and status) can be highlighted within groups with customized colors.
    • Links type: Links between nodes has a type that indicated the nature of the link between nodes (ex: call, exec, copy…)
    • Improved performances: The duration of mainframe dependencies analysis has been drastically reduced especially for large projects.
  • Dashboard

    • New charts have been added (e.g. Documents & Issues per workpackage and per status)
    • It is now possible to filter the content of any dashboard.
  • Filters: More columns are now supported (e.g. issues).

  • Import/Export: More columns have been added both to the Excel import and export.
  • Test Capture: Connect Blu Insights to your mainframe environment and manage (execute, store, edit…) your DB2 Queries to dump test datasets.
  • Website & documentation: A beta version of the new website and documentation have been released (all the pages will be available by end of June at the latest).
  • Estimates: It is now possible to calculate estimates in Blu Insights 2 (So far the beta version is being validated by a pool of testers).
  • Security & roles: Security, roles and permissions have been improved to allow a better control on access management.
  • Performance Improvements: You should notice an important improvement of loading time especially for large projects (if not, you can always read the funnies 😊)

April 2021 (Eagle) - BluInsights 2

We are happy to announce the release of a new version of BluInsights (aka Eagle). Eagle brings a plethora of new features and improvements including (not limited to):

  • Filters: Multiple user-friendliness improvements have been added to let you filter all artifacts without a hassle:
    • Suggestions are now clickable and scrollable.
    • All columns are now proposed for filtering.
    • To-Dos can now be filtered similar to other pages.
    • Saved filters can be shared with all invited stakeholders.
  • Activities & Notifications:
    • All project activities are logged.
    • Notification settings can now be personalized.
  • Shared/Private Artifacts: Boards, Documents, Events, Filters, Groups (dependencies) and Dashboards can now be private (visible only by their owners) or shared with different profiles.
  • Dashboard: New charts related to the Jira booster (Job Status) and Analyzer Checker have been added.
  • Dependencies:
    • Nodes and links colors can be customized based on their types.
    • Generic Analysis (based on files name) has been added to avoid being blocked while waiting for a specific implementation.
    • Performance improvements for large graphs (>200k nodes).
    • SQL management for Mainframe analysis has been added.
    • Links have now specific types (available also for the JSON import).
  • Test Screen capture & Replay: BluInsights has now its own TN3270 (80x24) terminal to:
    • capture test scenarios on a mainframe.
    • automatically generate side files (Selenium) to test modernized applications (with Velocity).
    • record videos and take snapshot of legacy application running on the mainframe.
  • Classification:
    • Performance and SQL support have been improved.
    • Types & extensions management simplified and improved.
  • Miscellaneous:
    • Exported Excel and Import template are now identical (same column names).
    • Comments can now be inserted for a selection of artifacts.
    • Documents can be assigned to team members within a specific status.

March 2021 (Dacnis) - Release of BluInsights 2

During the last months, we have been working on BluInsights 2. A completely new designed product that brings multiple improvements and a plethora of new features! The website (and all related materials) will be also updated in the next few weeks. Here are some of the main modules of this new BluInsights:

  • Assets: All the information related to the source code is grouped in (all metrics, dependencies, homonyms...).
  • To-Dos: Task management is made easy thanks to this user-friendly module allowing to create, assign, share and track tasks among all the team members.
  • Schedule: Shared calendar to highlight important dates such as releases, deployments, etc.
  • Management: Everything you need to organize your modernization projects (timeline, workpackages, test scenarios, status, labels...) is grouped in this section.
  • Modernization Toolbox: A set of features allowing better integration with the modernization project (Analyzer Checker as a service, TN3270 Emulator for online screen capture...)
  • Documents: Create, share and organize all your project documentation in one single place.
  • Catch-up: Need to add extra source code files to your project and get an analysis impact, use this module.

This version relies on a new architecture allowing the manipulation of very large projects (>250 000 source code files and >100M lines of code) in all sections including graph visualization, dependencies analysis, classification, etc.

More details will be shared in the next release notes. So far, we are extensively using BluInsights 2 on some internal projects to validate all the modules. It will be available for all our partners and customers in a few weeks. In the meantime, BluInsights 1 remains available and maintained to bring all the required feature to accelerate modernization phases.

January - February 2021 (Chickadee)

  • Improvements & Bug fixes: Multiple improvements have been implemented and a few bugs have been fixed.
  • Updated documentation/Website: The documentation and the Website have been updated with new details/content.

December 2020 (Bullfinch)

  • Dependencies: OpenVMS support has been added for multiple files including ADF, ADFINC, COM, DDL, DLL, FDL, IFDL, ICM, GDF, MCM, MDF, TDF, etc.
  • Analyzer Checker: Start preparing the compliance of the Blu Age Velocity transformation engine within your project assets in order to build your modernization strategy.
  • Improvements & Bug fixes: Multiple improvements have been implemented and a few bugs have been fixed.
  • Updated documentation/Website: The documentation and the Website have been updated with new details/content.

November 2020 (Akepa)

  • Dependencies: Mainframe dependencies has been improved to support more types of relationships (e.g. through dynamic calls, EXECs...)
  • Cyclomatic Complexity: Support for OpenVMS languages ICM, COM and IFDLCOP languages
  • Improvements & Bug fixes: Multiple improvements have been implemented and a few bugs have been fixed.
  • Updated documentation/Website: The documentation and the Website have been updated with new details/content.

October 2020 (Fall Awakening)

  • Workspace: Explore all your project inside an IDE-like environment allowing a rich developer view with advanced search options.
  • Compare files: Source code files can be compared in a visual way including in the dependencies graph.
  • Dependencies: The automatic creation of subgraphes and workpackages from entry points is now possible through the import of Excel file.
  • Source code preview: Syntax coloring has been added to a plethora of programming languages including Easytrieve, BMS, Rexx, JCL...
  • Estimates: Estimates are now sharable with other team members and can be exported as Excel file as well.
  • Filters: The filtering options and results have been improved to better exploit the obtained results.
  • Artifacts description: Files, Test Scenarios and Workpackages can include a description that can be seen in the tables.
  • Knowledge Hub: A set of new options to better explore your artifacts and their interactions have been added to hide/show the different types of nodes and links.
  • Comments: It is now possible to anyone team member invited to a given project to remove any comment.
  • Performance improvement: All the graphs and tables have been improved to allow a better exploration for large projects.
  • Tutorial Videos: More videos have been added to the Website.
  • Improvements & Bug fixes: Multiple improvements have been implemented and a few bugs have been fixed.
  • Demo Project and Product Tour: The demo project and its product tour have been enriched (Annotations, Classification...).
  • Updated documentation/Website: The documentation and the Website have been updated with new details/content.

September 2020 (Deep Sight)

  • Source code preview: Click on the file path to explore its content in an advanced editor enabling syntax coloring, search with regular expressions, outline...
  • Dependencies:
    • Support for Java and .Net languages
    • PBL and PBT dependencies for PowerBuilder
    • Support for more file extensions SQLRPGLE, PROC/PRC, SQLCBLLE, QLCBLLE, CBLLE...
    • Multiple improvements for Mainframe and iSeries (e.g. better SYSTEM and SQL analysis)
  • Cyclomatic Complexity:
    • Support for REXX and PL/I languages
    • Multiple improvements for Delphi and Natural
  • SAVF Extraction: BluInsights offers now a feature to extract IBM iSeries (AS/400) SAVF files.
  • Analyzer Checker: Automatically start preparing/checking the compliance of the Blu Age Velocity transformation engine within your project assets in order to build and fine-tune your modernization strategy.
  • Dashboard: More charts are available (e.g. statistics per labels)
  • PBL Extraction: Extraction re-launch is now possible.
  • Demo Project and Product Tour: The demo project and its product tour have been enriched (Annotations, Classification...).
  • Improvements & Bug fixes: Multiple improvements have been implemented and a few bugs have been fixed.
  • Updated documentation/Website: The documentation and the Website have been updated with new details/content.

June 2020 (Spring Cleaning)

  • Boosters - NextCloud: Import your zip archives directly from a NextCloud-based hosting platform.
  • Dependencies:

    • Hierarchical layout has been implemented.
    • Select and Show actions on parents/children nodes are now possible.
    • Ctrl Z/Y on the show actions is now available.
    • Improvements on PowerBuilder analysis (open, stringparm...) and Mainframe (call procedure, LIBL...) analysis.
  • Demo Project and Product Tour: The demo project and its product tour have been enriched (Annotations, Classification...).

  • Estimates: Clone existing estimates.
  • Improvements & Bug fixes: Multiple improvements have been implemented and a few bugs have been fixed.
  • Updated documentation/website: The documentation and the Website have been updated with new details/content.

April 2020 (Javarantaine)

  • Dependencies:
    • Improved warning reports with the detection of multiple SYSTEM dependencies (e.g. mainframe utility programs), the possibility to download the list of missing dependencies, etc.
    • Missing dependencies are added to the graph similarly to the other programs and are typed as "MISSING".
    • Better performance for the analysis, the graph visualization and the import of large graphs.
    • Enhanced UX for graph exploration (automatic zoom, more space for the nodes, last visited graph, subgraph name displayed, more visible colors).
    • More filtering options (number of parents/children)
    • Copy nodes' names
    • ...
  • Classification: New languages are now detected (e.g. SCL, MACRO, PROC) and better support has been implemented for previously supported ones including CL, Easytrieve, JCL and more.
  • Cyclomatic Complexity: Improved performance and better support for PowerBuilder and Mainframe technologies.
  • Annotations & GIT Boosters: Blu Age Classic Annotations can now be calculated automatically inside BluInsights thanks to a new GIT Booster.
  • Settings: Import Labels and automatically assign them to files.
  • Reports: All warning reports (dependencies, import of workpacakages/test cases, etc.) can be exported as text files.
  • Updated documentation/website: The documentation and the Website have been updated with new details/content.
  • Improvements & Bug fixes: Multiple improvements have been implemented and a few bugs have been fixed.
  • Demo Project and Product Tour: The demo project and its product tour have been enriched.
  • Estimates: The estimates feature has been enriched with a dynamic timeline and more calculation options.

March 2020 (Spring Boot)

  • Dependencies: Multiple improvements have been added to the dependencies (e.g. hide/reveal nodes from a graph, better support for the mainframe and iSeries languages, performance improvements...).
  • Estimates: An estimates generator for Blu Age modernization projects is now available for partners.
  • Cyclomatic Complexity: More languages are now supported by the Cyclomatic complexity including .Net (C#) and the graph content can be filtered according to multiple criteria.
  • Homonym files: Check homonym files from your baseline source code at a glance.
  • Classification: Multiple languages have been added to the classification (e.g Easytrieve, Rexx, PL/I...).
  • Updated documentation: The documentation has been updated with new details and new videos have been released.
  • Improvements & Bug fixes: Multiple improvements have been implemented and a few small bugs have been fixed.

February 2020 (Let's Go)

  • Product Tour: A product tour has been added to the demo project in order to present all the features in step-by-step fashion.
  • Dependencies: PowerBuilder dependencies analysis engine has been updated with new file types and statements.
  • Cyclomatic Complexity: More languages are now supported by the Cyclomatic complexity.
  • Improvements & Bug fixes: Multiple improvements have been implemented and a few small bugs have been fixed.
  • More documentation and help: The user documentation have been updated with new content.

January 2020

  • Tutorial Videos: Multiple videos showcasing some major BluInsights features have been released here.
  • Status and dates: It is now possible to link status to automatically set start and end dates for files, workpackages and test scenarios.
  • Assignment automation: You can now automatically assign both of the workpackage and its related test scenarios in the Selection Properties window.
  • Updated documentation: The documentation has been updated with new details.
  • Improvements & Bug fixes: Multiple improvements and small bugs have been implemented.

December 2019

  • Dependencies: Delphi and Powerhouse languages have been added.
  • Cyclomatic Complexity: You can now compute the Cyclomatic complexity for a few programming languages.
  • Assets: More languages have been added (PL1, INI, etc.). See the complete here.
  • Demo Project: More features has been added to the demo project.
  • Improvements & Bug fixes: Multiple improvements and small bugs have been implemented.

November 2019 (Winter-is-coming)

  • Boosters - Sharefile: Import your zip archives directly from Sharefile.
  • Timeline: Visualize your workpackages progress compared to the planned scheduling.
  • Online Subscription: Upgrade your account and pay for a monthly subscription.
  • Add/Delete files to an existing project: Add/remove files to/from your uploaded archive.
  • Automatic WP and Subgraphs creation: Import your workpackages entry points and automatically create them.
  • Demo Project: A complete demo project to see all the BluInsights features without uploading source code.
  • Improvements & Bug fixes: Multiple improvements and small bugs have been implemented.

October 2019 (Boo-ty-Fall)

  • Boosters - Jira & Mantis: Integrate Mantis and Jira directly to your project and link your issues to Test Scenarios.
  • Dependencies graphs: extraction of subgraphs, merge of subgraphs, local layout, missing files, integrated help for user control, user options saved...
  • Activities: Daily email and real-time notifications for your project activities.
  • Excel export: New user-friendly Excel export with more detailed data.
  • Demo Project: Off-the-shelf demo project with all BluInsights features is available within few clicks.
  • More charts: New charts for Issues and CI Boosters.
  • Sign-up: Frictionless new sign-up form
  • Cron update: Automatic update for CI and Issues Boosters
  • Dependencies analysis: More efficient dependencies analysis for Cobol, RPG, CL and JCL

September 2019 (Summer Time)

  • Activities Log: All the activities made on BluInsights (assignation, status update...) are now loggued into your project.
  • Save your graphs: Customize the colors and shapes of your Knowledge Hub and/or dependencies, move the nodes to better fit your needs and save all of this.
  • Boosters - Jenkins & GitLab: Integrate Jenkins and GitLab directly to your project and link your jobs to Test Scenarios.
  • More Charts: More pie charts with more insights have been added to the Management and Test Dashboards.
  • Easier team onboarding: You are now able to see who is registered to BluInsights and invite them within few clicks.
  • Filters are saved: Apply your filters on any page and BluInsights will save them so when you come back later on, your filters will be waiting for you.
  • Filters using Regular Expressions: "I need to create a workpackage with all the files containing the letter M at the second position of their names". Ok, use the RegEx filetering option :)
  • Better UX, better performance, better productivity: As always... (btw, BluInsights new record is a 80+ M lines of code project in 143 000 files displayed in less than 100 seconds!!).
  • More documentation and help: The user documentation have been updated with new content.
  • Website: A BluInsights website with updated content is available at https://bluinsights.bluage.com/

August 2019 (Early Bird)

  • Knowledge Hub - Beta: See and manipulate ALL your project artifacts as a graph (files, workpackages, test scenarios...) in one single page.

  • Whiteboard: Centralize all what your team needs in one unique page (main information, links, tips, meeting minutes...).

  • Nested Workpackages: Create nested workpackages in order to organize source code files at different levels (Iterations, Sprints, Lots...).

  • Filters: Filter the content of any page using the filtering options.

  • Dependencies Analysis - Beta: Analyze the dependencies of your COBOL, RPG and Natural projects (we already support Ideal and PowerBuilder).

  • Dependencies Graph - Beta: See and manipulate dependencies analysis as graphs.

  • Rich text formatting: Format your descriptions and comments as you want (you may even insert emojis).

  • List/Grid layout: Displayed Statistics and Dashboard pages both in grid or list modes.

  • Files Preview: See your files (source code, images, videos...) content directly inside BluInsights by clicking on its path or in the Media Library.

  • Comment types: Specify a type for your comments with a specific icon to deliver clear messages.

  • More Charts: More pie charts with more insights have been added to the Management and Test Dashboards.

  • Test Scenarios Excel export/import: Import and export your Test Scenarios to XLSX files.

  • Better UX, better performance, better productivity: A bunch of improvements have been implemented in order to improve the User eXperience (e.g. faster onboarding, auto-completion...), the performance (you will forget that thousands of files are being manipulated) and the productivity (e.g. less clicks to do the same job).

  • Data back-up: Focus on your project, we take care of your data more seriously than ever.

  • More documentation and help: The user documentation have been updated with new content (although few sections need to be finalized).

  • Website: A BluInsights website with updated content is available at https://bluinsights.bluage.com/

July 2019

  • PBL Extraction: PBL (PowerBuilder Libraries) can be automatically extracted.
  • Classification: It is possible to automatically detect the types of files without extensions.
  • Excel export: All tables can be extracted as XLSX sheets.
  • Column Settings: Define the column to be shown for your tables.
  • My Stuff: See only the files, workpackages or test scenarios which are assigned to you.
  • User Profile: Edit and update your profile.

June 2019

  • More Languages: More languages have been added to BluInsights (see the complete list).
  • Test Scenarios Dashboard: The Dashboard consolidates the main information about the test scenarios (status and results).

May 2019

  • Test Scenarios: It is possible to define Test Scenarios for your project and link them to workpackages.
  • Comments: You can add comments on Files, Workpackages and Test Scenarios.
  • Cobol Ideal dependencies: It is now possible to analyze the dependencies of Cobol Ideal projects.

April 2019

March 2019

  • Statistics: The Statistics page with the main metrics is available.
  • PowerBuilder dependencies: BluInsights computes the dependencies between programs (SRD, SRU, SRW, SRM...).

February 2019

  • BluInsights is born: Create a project, upload a zip and browse the Files page your files.