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Spring Cleaning at Assembla

Posted by Michael Chletsos on Wed, Aug 15, 2012

Feature deprecation list

In the previous blog post we talked about Trimming the Application Fat. We mentioned that we are planning to cut some fat ourselves. This is essential to keep the application easy to use and focused on the innovative features of Assembla. Here is our spring cleaning list (yes we know it late August):

Feature Action Date
Mercurial Tool No longer maintained.
New Installations supported.
Dashboard Tool Stopping Development/Support
Maintaining Current Installations
No New Installations 
Staffing Tool No New Installations Immediately
Build Tool No New Installations Immediately
Chat Tool Complete Removal of Tool Sept 1, 2012
Image Tool Complete Removal of Tool Sept 1, 2012
Skype Tool Complete Removal of Tool Sept 15, 2012
Sites Complete Removal of Tool Sept 15, 2012
Gerrit Complete Removal of Tool
Will replace functionality Git Tool
Nov. 1, 2012
Git & Trac Complete Removal of Tool
Will replace functionality in Git Tool and Tickets Tool
Nov. 1, 2012
Hg & Trac Complete Removal of Tool
Will replace functionality in Hg Tool and Tickets Tool
Nov. 1, 2012
Outline Complete Removal of Tool
Will replace functionality in Planner


These changes will let us concentrate on improvements of the most used tools in Assembla, which we think will be useful for everyone.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact our Support.



I think the "build" tool had more potential. 
Maybe, as it was, it just did not reach the threshold to be make it usable. 
Many of us need build tools which automates things.

posted @ Thursday, August 16, 2012 10:21 AM by Haluk

I really like the Outline tool...hoping that your implementation into the Planner is good.

posted @ Thursday, August 16, 2012 5:40 PM by Jack Caine

The Build tool had great potential, but it was too complicated. We are going to implement a new feature first, allowing users to run shell scripts on actions, i.e. on commit, on remote servers. This will allow you to run build from there. We may create a new Build tool in the future. But I think the SSH tool will be very valuable. We are also improving our FTP tool to be more reliable. 
The Outline tool was great also, it was just very complicated, we have a much simpler and powerful idea for Planner which will replace the functionality of the Outline tool. 
We will not remove either of these tools for the time being until we have replacements, if the Build tool is working for you great, Outline will only be removed once the Planner (which does have a more elegant implementation) is fully featured.

posted @ Thursday, August 16, 2012 7:34 PM by Michael Chletsos

we relied on Sites feature for more than a year. Application 
installers on clients use it everyday. Please don't remove it!

posted @ Wednesday, August 22, 2012 6:49 AM by Anatoly

I can't wait for an improved Planner. One feature that I hope makes it's way in is an easier way of grouping tickets/tasks under another ticket/story. Creating parent-child relationships via drag and drop is one way to go!

posted @ Tuesday, August 28, 2012 12:51 PM by Lance

The systematic removal of the communications tools (Chat and Skype) is really making me question my commitment to Assembla. Over the last 3+ years I've become somewhat dependent on Assembla, and have run over a dozen student game projects with distributed teams ranging from a handful to as many as 30. Without an integrated communications tool, there does not seem to be a compelling reason to stick with Assembla any longer. I seriously hope you will reconsider your decisions on these tools.

posted @ Thursday, September 13, 2012 9:47 PM by David Wessman

When is it planed to launch be the SSH tool?

posted @ Monday, September 17, 2012 9:29 AM by Marcel

We do not have a definite date for the SSH tool yet, but we are reviewing the code now and plan to have it out very soon.

posted @ Monday, September 17, 2012 9:59 AM by Michael Chletsos

Just found out the hard way that my 15+ (mostly open source project) websites went down on 9/15. Guess I should have been reading the newsletters, eh? OTOH, if one customer account has 15+ websites (especially when apparently most customers didn't use the sites feature much), an infrastructure company that wants more of his business might be careful enough to notice that, and be sure that customer knows his websites are *all* going down on a scheduled date, in advance of that date. That did not happen in this case. And now I see that "Spring" means Aug 15. Ha Ha. Very cute.

posted @ Monday, September 17, 2012 1:45 PM by Stu Btwotwo

The communications feature has been a key part of out distributed teams' communication. Without it we may have to start moving to another online collaboration too.

posted @ Monday, September 17, 2012 8:21 PM by Sean Weiland

Your pricing chart (, as well as your documentation wiki, still mentions "FTP/Build" which is quite annoying. One of the reasons we just signed up with Assembla was the docs on the build tool. If you are going to remove the build tool, then you need to make sure to update all of your docs and your pricing/feature matrix. That's just poor business practice otherwise and it leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

posted @ Wednesday, October 17, 2012 2:54 AM by Robert Wohleb

Thank you for your post Robert. We will update our documentation soon.

posted @ Wednesday, October 17, 2012 6:19 AM by Assembla Support

@robert we are working on a new and improved build tool that will be available shortly

posted @ Wednesday, October 17, 2012 10:18 AM by adam feber

I assume this new build tool is the SSH tool you mentioned? I'm definitely interested in what it can do. My issue right now is that I'm currently configuring a new set of production servers that we will use with our move to Assembla. I was hoping to test your old Build tool. If you can't give us an ETA on the new tool, can you at least release some teaser documentation for it? It would let me evaluate the option and plan for it.

posted @ Wednesday, October 17, 2012 12:16 PM by Robert Wohleb

We use the outline tool extensively, because it's the only place you can nest tasks underneath their parent task. Please be sure include that feature in the Planner.

posted @ Thursday, October 18, 2012 11:53 AM by patrick faucher

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