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Automise 5 Beta

Today we are delighted to release the Automise 5 BETA, which contains our new Stepping Engine and Action List Dependencies as the headline features.

For five years we have updated and improved Automise 4 through our continuous delivery cycle. This has worked well. Allowing for improvements to actions (like FTP\SFTP\FTPS suite) to come out gradually and consistently. Allowing everyone to pick and choose at which point to take feature updates.

The Automise 5 signals a major "tick" to this regular flow of updates. The majority of these updates are at the core of what Automise does to solve your automation challenges.

What's new in Automise 5

Stepping Engine

We have undertaken a major rewrite of the internal stepping engine for Automise 5. This has reduced the moving parts, while also enabled extra features to be implemented. In the end this will mean your projects will run faster, consume less resources, while also providing some extra tools for debugging projects.

Action List Dependencies

Action Lists now allow for listing of other Actions Lists they are dependent on. Dependencies are always run before the action lists which depend on them. For example this allows specifying a UploadAndClean Action List that depends on the Clean and Upload Action List. When UploadAndClean is run, if the Clean and Upload Action Lists have not been run they will be.

Action List Dependencies

Step into included projects

Due to the previous version of the stepping engine stepping into included projects was not possible. Instead the user had to wait for the included project to complete before continuing with debugging. Stepping into included projects with Automise 5 will now open the included project, and continue stepping from inside the included project.

Breakpoint Conditions

Another addition to the debugging experience is breakpoint conditions. These allow stopping the executing of a script at a certain point in time. Conditions can be a number of passes over the breakpoint, or when a variable equals a certain value.

Action List Dependencies

IDE Themes (Light and Dark)

After five years we thought it was time Automise got a new coat of paint. We have implemented two new themes, a light and dark theme (defaulting to the dark on first run up).

Action List Dependencies Action List Dependencies

Action List Out Parameters

Action Lists now allow for retrieving any number of values from them. A variable assigned to the out parameter on the Action List will be given the value of that parameter when the Action List has completed. This will allow for more Action Lists that generate values for use else where in the Automise Project.

Project Formats

Since the start of Automise the project files have used XML for their structure. As Automise has grown, so too have the elements in the projects XML file. This has placed more strain on those left to diff versions of Automise projects.

To aleavate this challenge Automise 5 has introduce two major updates to the Automise project file structure.

   1. A new DSL project file format (the new default format)

   2. A new XML project file format

The new Automise DSL structure is concise, and very simple to diff.

    projectid = {04710B72-066E-46E7-84C7-C04A0D8BFE18}
    Action List
        name = Default
        Action Listid = {E6DE94D6-5484-45E9-965A-DB69885AA5E2}
                id = {D860420B-DE46-4806-959F-8A92A0C86429}
The new Automise XML structure is a great deal less verbose than the older format.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
        <Action List>
            <Action Listid>{E6DE94D6-5484-45E9-965A-DB69885AA5E2}</Action Listid>
        </Action List>


New Actions

Not much to report here, most of the focus has been on the Stepping engine and the IDE. We do have some updates to AWS EC2 and Azure in progress, they will most likely be added in an update when they are ready. 

How do I get the Beta?

Links to the beta downloads will be published to the Automise Downloads page. 

What if I find a bug?

Email support (please added Beta to the subject). When reporting an issue, be sure to include the beta build number and details about your environment. Please test with the latest beta build before reporting bugs. 

We are particularly keen for people to load up their existing projects from older (ie 4 or earlier) versions of Automise, save them in AT5 format, and load them again and confirm that everything loaded ok. 

When will it be released?

When it's ready ;) Seriously, though, we expect the release to happen in the next few weeks. Automise 5 is based on FinalBuilder 8, which has been out for several months now and is quite stable. 

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