Changelog and release notes

Robocorp Lab (4.9.11)

January 21, 2021

Updates, fixes and tweaks

  • Updated to the official version of JupyterLab v3.
  • Lab now uses MicroMamba instead of MiniConda to build the environments, resulting in a considerable speed boost during builds.
  • Lab now supports using the ROBOCORP_HOME environment variable to change the location of common data for all Robocorp Applications.

The mysterious case of 'spaces in username'

NOTE: This only affects users with operating system usernames containing spaces or special characters (like scandics).

The solution is for now to use the ROBOCORP_HOME environment variable to point to a 'tool friendly' -location on the system (For example: C:\temp\robocorp).

The next Lab release will include a more user-friendly way of managing this setting.

Background & next steps:

During MicroMamba tests, we noticed that having spaces in username (and special characters like scandics) does not affect only users on Windows, but also on other operating systems in addition to internal tools like pip.

While testing for the shift to MicroMamba, we realized that the issues caused by spaces or other special characters in the username affect users on all operating systems (not only on Windows), in addition to interfering with the correct functioning of tools like pip.

So we had to change direction from just solving the issue for Lab on Windows to solving it for all users on all platforms.

The fix is included in version 8 of the underlying tool RCC: this means that the Vs Code extension will also benefit from it at the same time.

RCC executions will now warn you in case it detects issues with your ROBOCORP_HOME location.

Once we have the user-friendly implementations for fixing the issue in the tools we will change RCC to just block execution in these cases.

Known issues

  • JupyterLab V3 has a new "Simple Interface Mode" that activates automatically if you resize the editor window to a small enough size.
    • To get back to the normal interface mode go to: View -> Click on Simple Interface to deactivate.
    • We are looking into ways of disabling this functionality, because it appears to be rarely useful in automation cases.
  • Some reports for errors INIT_3_10 and INIT_4_10 under investigation
    • These errors seem to be really specific to individual system setups, so please submit issues on these with your email attached so that we can get in contact with you and figure out the root causes.
    • Some cases have been tied to firewalls blocking outbound traffic. To solve these kind of issues, you can now find details on how to configure your firewall in the troubleshooting section.

Robocorp Cloud update (2021-01-19)

January 19, 2021

Robots:

  • Robocorp Cloud GitHub application is now live! Utilize software development best practices in robot development by linking private GitHub repositories to Cloud using our new GitHub application. This option is now available in the redesigned "Add robot" dialog.

Add robot dialog

Robot Workforce:

  • Premium container cluster with more beefy containers is now live for paid subscriptions. We will announce it later in more detail after we have all the planned features in place.
  • Improved cloud container caching for faster robot executions.
  • Added e-mail alerts for used on-demand run minutes at 80% and 100%.

Webhooks:

  • Documentation and more events added. See documentation here.

Robocorp Cloud update (2020-12-30)

December 30, 2020

Workspace API Access:

  • API helper is now live. With API helper, you can create Robocorp Cloud API calls quick and in an intuitive way. API helper can be found from the workspace top navigation bar.

API Helper

  • Initial support for webhooks added, documentation and more information coming soon. You can find the webhook configuration under the API section.

Audit Logs

  • Organization and workspace audit logs are now available. This feature is still in beta but allows you to view key events on both scopes. You can find the "Log" link in organization settings and workspace’s top navigation bar.

Dashboard performance improvements

  • We’ve done a few tweaks on the cloud console internals and this should result in a more snappier browsing experience!

Robocorp Lab (4.8.8)

December 22, 2020

Fixes and tweaks

  • Fix for the Restart and Run All Cells -functionality (Upgraded to JupyterLab v3 release candidate 14)
  • Fixed the "stuck when opening a robot" bug.
  • Improved code-completion (Minor tweaks in the LSP functionality)

Known issues

  • JupyterLab V3 has a new Single-document mode that activates automatically if you resize the editor window to a small enough size.
    • To get back to normal mode go to: View -> Click on Single-Document Mode to deactivate it.
    • We are looking into ways of disabling this as it really serves little purpose in automation cases.
  • Some reports for errors INIT_3_10 and INIT_4_10 under investigation
    • These seem to be really specific to the system setup so please submit issues on these with your email attached so that we can get in contact and figure out the root causes.
    • Some cases look like antivirus software is causing file locks. We are using VirusTotal to scan our software deliveries but individual antivirus setups are notoriously hard to pinpoint.

Robocorp App (3.5.8)

December 16, 2020

Improvements

  • The Assistant run UI has been renewed and now shows the output of the run to the user
  • Added a button to refresh the list of assistants in the assistant view
  • Environment caching improvements