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Tuning Up Developer/Database Dashboards

Cloudant has shared news of an updated developer dashboard for users of the company's multi-tenant NoSQL database-as-a-service (DBaaS).

The Dashboard 2.0 offering straddles the "developer database" interest area and works for tasks related to database development, administration, and monitoring.

The company is contributing the software framework for the dashboard (along with many of the modules that fit into it) to the open-source Apache CouchDB project.

Cloudant Dashboard 2.0 offers a rich code editor with syntax highlighting. There is also fast, iterative development with the ability to preview secondary indexes — plus a GUI for replicating data between Cloudant clusters and on-premises databases.

Cloudant users said that working with the new dashboard provides a syntax-highlighted view editor and good task management and testing tools.

The addition of rich code editors and the ability to preview secondary indexes in the new dashboard provide enhanced usability for developers new to NoSQL databases.

"These new tools are intended to help prevent mistakes in MapReduce code and JSON formatting errors, allowing developers to write code with Cloudant's NoSQL DBaaS faster and more easily. Much like an integrated development environment (IDE), the new code editor offers syntax checking and will reject invalid code. Developers can also preview the results of custom MapReduce functions used to define secondary indexes before fully processing large indexing jobs, preventing time-consuming and costly mistakes," said Brad Noble, VP of product design at Cloudant.

Cloudant Dashboard 2.0 also introduces a customer support portal. Previously, customers had to email Cloudant's support team. Now they can create support tickets and review open and closed cases directly through the dashboard.

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