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Roadie Rundown - Issue #2 - New Backstage version released

The pieces are starting to come together.
Roadie Rundown - Issue #2 - New Backstage version released
By David Tuite • Issue #2 • View online
The pieces are starting to come together.

A hotly anticipated Backstage alpha 22 was released last week.
Backstage users eager for a new release
Backstage users eager for a new release
A “single pane of glass” view for services is a core part of the vision for Backstage. Instead of hopping between disparate tools, engineers and operators should be able to quickly search a catalog to find all the info they need.
Alpha 22 is important because it reveals some of this core power.
You can now go from viewing all the services your company runs on the service catalog…
Service catalog
Service catalog
…to viewing the latest builds for a specific service…
Latest builds
Latest builds
… to viewing its production errors from Sentry…
Sentry issues
Sentry issues
… or full API docs if you were thinking about integrating with it…
API docs
API docs
These features are still in the early stages of development, and they’re certainly rough around the edges, but the framework is there and it’s starting to become real.
I’m excited!
Merged last week...
59 pull requests have been merged to Backstage in the last week. It’s worth noting that the 3 largest pull requests were contributed by the community, rather than the Backstage core team. Backstage is getting some serious love.
Here are the highlights…
  1. Andrew Thauer (Wealthsimple) added support for GraphQL API types. #2088
  2. Björn Marschollek (Personio HR, ex. Skyscanner) added support for GitLab in the scaffolder. GitLab users can now template new services via the Backstage interface. #2426
  3. Jesse Johnson (Booz Allen) is a documentation hero ♥️ who added 700 lines of quickstart tutorials to the Backstage website. #2435

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