Unqork 2021.5 consolidates SDLC features in one location, adds industry-first capabilities, and integrates with existing tools to enrich necessary development tools with valuable insights.
I am excited to announce the release of Unqork 2021.5, our most ambitious attempt yet to help enterprises bring mission-critical applications to market faster and more cost-effectively.
Engineering teams will efficiently be able to transform the way the organization does business with the power of our no-code application building platform. Unqork 2021.5 consolidates existing software development lifecycle (SDLC) features into a single tool in the Unqork platform while seamlessly integrating with all the external SDLC tools that development teams are already using.
This release will provide support for essential engineering tasks while also introducing some industry-first functionalities. The features and associated benefits included in Unqork 2021.5 are outlined in more detail below.
Our API Docs Dashboard provides a view of all API modules in a workspace. An "API module" in particular is a bundle of Unqork functionality that interacts with an API. When you create one of these modules in Unqork, the API Docs Dashboard instantly and automatically generates documentation (e.g., the type of call you're making, the parameters the module is expecting to receive, what data you can expect to get back, etc.) which you and your colleagues can use to plan and design your Unqork applications.
Traditionally, API documentation tends to be done after the fact. By auto-generating APIs in a consistent, uniform format, Unqork allows application development teams to quickly reuse and share APIs via Unqork’s drag-and-drop approach with the added assurance that documentation is always up-to-date. This allows relevant features of legacy applications to be leveraged for new, previously unknown uses.
Data Model Auto-Documentation
This gives users added governance through visibility into every data model that exists in their environment. Unqork was built with a completely integrated data store and is designed to allow users to define their data model as their application evolves. Now, development teams have a clean change log over who is making alterations in data models while automatically and instantly documenting all models for preferred use in the future.
The result is an ability to develop software with incredible speed while still maintaining tight data modeling control and governance.
Deployments, Release Management, and Rollback
Once an application has been built, the Unqork platform helps Creators (what we call application builders at Unqork) save time, reduce the risk of failure, and have a safety net with our newest industry-first Rollback feature.
The Module Revisions Dashboard displays an auditable history of application changes, helping Creators see the "change log" of a module and more robustly compare revisions. This increases their productivity and allows Creators to promote or release software faster with fewer bugs.
The Release Management Tool helps users make informed decisions about which applications to release by organizing versions and releases in an easily searchable format. This helps identify opportunities for releasing multiple applications in unison, so they can improve release efficiency.
The point-in-time Rollback feature is a part of the Release Management Tool. Rollback offers a single-click ability to restore a previous version of an application in instances of production issues, changing workstreams, etc.
SDLC Features Baked Into One Platform
As users begin building a solution, the Application Dependencies Dashboard helps them understand the connections that exist in their environment between microservices, external services, applications, and modules.
Creators can easily identify dependencies and any potential downstream changes as they plan and design their application. When a change is made in one place, it becomes obvious what might be impacted; now, teams can prepare for potential disruptions.
Testing and Config Analysis
Unqork 2021.5 includes features that bolster the test and debug process to help Creators look for and remove errors, ensuring their applications are hitting high-quality standards.
The Service Logs Dashboard helps engineers identify and address bugs, plan optimizations across different modules, and collaborate with fellow Creators. This is done with a rich search interface and visualizations (i.e. charts, graphs) of trends for their most important transactional logs.
By reviewing, saving, and sharing service logs in this dashboard, Creators can build and debug their API integrations faster than they could when using a traditional code-based development approach.
The Signal Start Node is a tool to perform a test run of a workflow.
Creators use these test workflows to experiment and review their applications’ behaviors and automate testing activities such as initiating a QA ticket or interacting with an external testing framework.
Meanwhile, the Config Analysis Tool automatically checks for any configuration that doesn't abide by best practices for security, stability, and performance.
Logging, Metrics, and Monitoring
Once an application is live, support teams can easily monitor their most important performance metrics in Unqork.
A Logs Dashboard proactively monitors for any abnormalities and surfaces errors and slow-performing requests that may merit attention to Creators.
A Metrics Dashboard tracks CPU, Memory, Network Traffic, and more, providing a centralized view to help monitor an environment and ensure everything is running smoothly.
Why We’re Excited
I believe that this latest release will revolutionize the way your enterprise develops and delivers solutions. Engineers want to build the software that drives their company’s success and discover innovative solutions to complex problems. Instead, they are stuck maintaining and debugging code and managing repetitive tasks.
With Unqork’s no-code application building platform, engineers can accelerate development 3x faster, reduce bugs by up to 600x, easily integrate with all their systems, and ensure security and compliance across the entire SDLC. With the release of Unqork 2021.5, enterprises can reap all these benefits with a fully centralized SDLC platform that includes the newest functionalities outlined above.
For a deeper dive into the full lifecycle management capabilities we provide, read our latest Feature in Focus.
Unqork 2021.5 makes achieving substantial productivity and cost saving gains through no-code even easier. For a deeper dive into the full lifecycle management capabilities we provide, read our latest Feature in Focus.
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