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· 15 min read
Maggie Lou

The promise of Bazel is the promise of fast builds. So what do you do if your build was slow? Curse out the developer that convinced your company to migrate to Bazel? Of course not! You’d never do that, right? 🙂

BuildBuddy is here to help. Bazel provides a lot of helpful information to debug slow builds, but it can be overwhelming to know where to look.

· 2 min read
Zoey Greer

By popular demand, we are introducing support for a PostgreSQL database backend for BuildBuddy! You can now use PostgreSQL as a drop-in replacement for MySQL or SQLite just by specifying a PostgreSQL endpoint to your BuildBuddy instance.

· 2 min read
Vadim Berezniker

BuildBuddy enables fast builds by providing a high-performance cache that stores and serves artifacts, such as the inputs and outputs to your build actions.

Starting today, BuildBuddy customers can provide their own encryption keys that will be used to encrypt and decrypt data stored in the cache. At launch, we are supporting keys managed by Google Cloud Platform KMS and Amazon Web Services KMS.

· 2 min read
Iain Macdonald

There are lots of small, satisfying moments in the day-to-day lives of software developers. From finding and deleting dead code, to writing tests that pass on the first run (actually), to receiving UX mocks that call for simplifying the frontend code, those little joys are a pleasant treat! We’re excited to share a small new BuildBuddy Build Result UI feature that we think fits into this category: keyboard shortcuts.

Keyboard shortcuts can be enabled in the personal preferences menu on the settings page in the app. Once enabled, a help menu explaining the shortcuts can be toggled using ? to show and Esc to hide. There’s also a clickable button to close it just in case… if only Vim had one too!

I implemented this feature during a hackathon a couple of months ago and I like how it saves me a second or two on some common tasks in the Build Result UI. My favorite shortcut is Shift-c to copy invocation page links. I use it once or twice a day to share a link in Slack along with the confused emoji.

We love receiving feedback from customers, if you’re excited about this or have other shortcuts you’d like to see in the UI, hit us up on Slack or at

· 3 min read
Lulu Zhang

When you use Buildbuddy with Bazel to build and test software, Buildbuddy captures information about each Bazel invocation, such as number of builds, build duration, remote cache performance, and more. Buildbuddy has a Trends page to visualize trends in this data over time.

The trends page allows you to see how improvements you are making to your builds affects your average build duration and other stats. It also exposes areas that might need improving. For example, if you see the cache hit rate go down over time, your build might have some non-deterministic build actions that could be improved, or some newly introduced dependencies that result in more frequent cache invalidations.

· 5 min read
Brandon Duffany

Using a remote cache is a great way to speed up your Bazel builds! But by default, Bazel uploads almost everything to the remote cache.

If your network is slow and your build artifacts are very large (like a docker image) this can lead to poor performance.

To address this, and make it easier to fix, we built the new cache requests card.

In this post we'll explore what insights this card can give you into your builds, as well as some fun details about how the card works under the hood.

· 4 min read
Siggi Simonarson

To celebrate Bazelcon 2021 (and our Bazelcon talk), we've got a lot in store for you in this release! We're excited to share that v2.7.0 of BuildBuddy is live on both Cloud Hosted BuildBuddy and open-source via Github, Docker, and our Helm Charts!

We've also updated the list of open source repositories that use BuildBuddy. If you have an open source repo that's using BuildBuddy, and would like to be included on the list - please fill out the quick form at the bottom of that page!

Thanks to everyone using open source, cloud-hosted, and enterprise BuildBuddy. We've made lots of improvements in this release based on your feedback.

· 5 min read
Brandon Duffany

In today's BuildBuddy v2.3 release, which is now live on BuildBuddy Cloud, we're launching BuildBuddy Workflows. BuildBuddy Workflows is a Continuous Integration (CI) solution for Bazel repositories hosted on GitHub (with support for other providers coming soon).

Like other CI solutions, Workflows give you the confidence that your code builds successfully and passes all tests before you merge pull requests or deploy a new release.

But because BuildBuddy Workflows were built for Bazel repos and tightly integrated with BuildBuddy RBE and Remote Caching, they are really fast.

· 5 min read
Siggi Simonarson

Our mission at BuildBuddy is to make developers more productive. When we released the first version of BuildBuddy a little over a year ago, we were blown away by the demand for tools and techniques for speeding up common developer workflows like building, testing, and debugging code. We've been working hard ever since - using our own tools to build the next generation of developer tooling for all.

Today we're excited to announce v2 of BuildBuddy! We've completely revamped our caching and remote build execution infrastructure to give our users and customers the one thing they care about above all else: speed.

· 3 min read
Siggi Simonarson

We're excited to share that v1.8.0 of BuildBuddy is live on Cloud Hosted BuildBuddy, Enterprise, and Open Source via GitHub, Docker, and our Helm Charts!

Thanks to everyone using open source, cloud-hosted, and enterprise BuildBuddy. We've made lots of improvements in this release based on your feedback.

A special thank you to our new open-source contributor:

  • Ashley Davies who contributed several pull requests to our Helm charts in order to make them easier to use in clusters that already have an Nginx controller deployed.

And a warm welcome to our three new team members!

  • Pari Parajuli who joins our engineering team as an intern who's currently studying at University of California, Berkeley.
  • Vadim Berezniker who joins our engineering team after 7 years at Google on the Google Cloud team.
  • Zoey Greer who joins us as a software engineer from the Google Search team.

We're excited to continue growing BuildBuddy and fulfill our mission of making developers more productive!

Our focus for this release was on reliability, performance, improved documentation, and making BuildBuddy easier to release and monitor.