Week in Review -- May 16, 2018

Core

Components

Bugfixes

  • Component configuration state is not updated in case of attached processor failure. e.g in case of AWS S3 extractor and New Files Only option in leaves files as unprocessed in case of processor failure so the files can be processed again until the whole pipeline of processors is executed successfully.
  • MSSQL Writer - fixed support of unicode characters
  • Google Sheets Writer - fixed writing of large tables without performance issues
  • When specifying transformation output mapping, the bucket name is automatically webalized as being typed

Developers

We are happy to introduce the first version of Keboola Storage API Javascript client.


SQL Server Extractor Connection Issues

Between 17:00 May 15, 2018 and 8:00 on May 16, 2018 CET we experienced issues with the SQL Server database extractor. We recommend to review your orchestrations and take appropriate actions if needed.

If you were affected by this, please accept our sincere apologies.

SQL Server writer failures

Between 9 May 2018, 10:53 CEST and 11 May 2018, 09:30 CEST there were job failures for SQL Server Writer configurations that had nullable data types. The issue was created by a new version of the writer so we have rolled it back to the  previous version while we investigate the root cause.

We're sorry for any inconvenience. 

Week in Review -- April 30, 2018

Core

  • Improved generated configuration changes descriptions
  • Added configuration version to jobs results of Docker-based components (it is not yet available for legacy components like transformation and gooddata-writer)
  • Refreshed Manage API docs with working examples
  • Fixed loading of large tables for R-studio and Jupyter sandboxes
  • Fixed random CSV Import upload errors in EU region

Components

  • Improved "show details" experience for input and output mappings
  • Added visibility of columns non-existing in Storage to writers
  • Increased query timeout for all Keboola Provisioned Snowflake writers from 15 seconds to 15 minutes
  • Added support of unconventional column names to MySQL extractor
  • Removed static state from MongoDB extractor

Processors

  • Added support of snappy format to processor-decompress
  • Added processor filter-files
  • Added support for sanitization of invalid utf-8 in processor-iconv

Developers

New Debug API call is available (replaces very rarely used sandbox, dry-run and input-data calls). It creates a snapshot of the data directory used for running the component and stores it in your KBC project. To learn more, feel free to go through the API Docs or through the tutorial. In short the API call:

  • uses the same calling convention as the Run API,
  • filters encrypted values from the data directory,
  • works with all components (previously only those without encryption were supported),
  • works with Processors,
  • works with Configuration Rows,
  • works also with broken components and configurations (even if the run fails, you'll still get a snapshot of the data directory).

Python transformations

Pip version 10 was released recently which removes the pip.main method (more reading). The recommended way to install packages from within python is:

import subprocess
import sys
subprocess.call([sys.executable, '-m', 'pip', 'install', '--disable-pip-version-check', 'PACKAGE_NAME'])

Currently there are 70 transformations using the removed pip methods. If your projects are using them we'll be contacting you with a list of affected transformations. This breaking change introduced in pip is currently blocking us from upgrading python to 3.6.5 where pip 10 is used by default.

Unexpected Job Failures

Between April 28 2:30 and 3:15 UTC there was a high rate of application errors on one of our instances processing component jobs. 

The instance was under heavy load and we're investigating the root cause. Instance is now back to normal and is safe to restart the jobs.

We're sorry for any inconvenience. 

Degraded performance of Google Sheets Writer

On March 23, 2018 we released a new version of Google Sheets Writer to remove workaround which resized sheet's grid. Unfortunately this version caused a significant performance degradation for tables with larger number of rows.

We decided to revert this version to bring back original performance.

We are working on proper fix and it'll be released soon.

Orchestration Notification Updates Resulted in Deleted Tasks

There was an update to the orchestrator this week that had an unfortunate side-effect.  If you updated your orchestrations' notifications it would delete the orchestration's tasks.

Thankfully, the orchestrations are versioned, so if this happened to you, we will restore the tasks from the last version.
If you have any concerns about this please contact us at support@keboola.com.  

For what it's worth, updating notifications will no longer delete orchestration tasks, please accept our humble apologies if you were affected.

Week in Review -- April 09, 2018

Updated Components

Google AdWords Reports

  • This extractor is finally enabled also for customers using EU instance

Snowflake Writer

  • Added support of VARIANT data type

Google Drive Extractor/Writer, Google Sheets Writer

  • We added support for Team Drives

Impala Extractor

  • Added support for internal tables

Generic Components

We continue with removing so called "static state" from components. Few weeks ago we removed static state from Transformations, and there was a time for additional components. JSON configurations are also editable straight away. This includes configurations from templates (e.g. Youtube Extractor) and configurations for Custom Science Apps (e.g. Custom Science Python).

Fixes

  • Python/R transformation sandboxes correctly apply filters in input mappings, so input data will be loaded correctly
  • CSV Import uses server side encryption in S3 stage (before uploading to our storage) by default
  • Gmail Extractor supports "message parts" in more sections and there should no longer be messages without parts
  • ThoughtSpot writer correctly handles the "Test Credentials" action

Deprecations

We are deprecating direct import from URL into Storage. Please use the new Http Extractor instead which gives you much more flexibility.

Jupyter and RStudio Sandboxes are not starting

3:45pm CEST: We're investigating the issue.

3:55pm CEST: Not only starting, existing sandboxes do not seem to respond.

4:10pm CEST: We're shutting down existing sandbox instances and spinning up new ones. This will take a couple of minutes before the sandboxes will be available again. All existing sandboxes will be unfortunately deleted.

4:20pm CEST: Sandboxes are starting again. All previous sandboxes are deleted. We're sorry for this inconvenience.