Posted in 2022

Announcing user-defined build jobs

We are happy to announce a new feature to specify user-defined build jobs on Read the Docs. If your project requires custom commands to be run in the middle of the build process, they can now be executed with the new config key build.jobs. This opens up a complete world full of new and exciting possibilities to our users.

If your project has ever required a custom command to run during the build process, you probably wished you could easily specify this. You might have used a hacky solution inside your Sphinx’s conf.py file, but this was not a great solution to this problem.

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Read the Docs newsletter - May 2022

April has been another exciting month here at Read the Docs. We’ve gotten a few good candidates for our Product-focused Application Developer job posting, and we’re on to the second round of interviews. Expect to hear more about any new team members here in the next couple months.

We’ve continued building a number of features and bug fixes in our roadmap:

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Read the Docs newsletter - April 2022

March has been a productive month for Read the Docs. We have finished our Product-focused Application Developer job posting, which we’re excited about. We plan to share this on a few job boards, and are looking for someone to join the team who is excited to work on our product.

We’ve continued building a number of features and bug fixes in our March roadmap:

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Read the Docs 2021 Stats

2021 continued in the realm of being a tough year. That said, Read the Docs had a lot of good things happen this year.

We did a majority of the work on our CZI grant, grew our team from 5 to 8, and continued to grow our EthicalAds network & Read the Docs for Business. It’s been another year of steady growth, and we hope to continue that into 2022.

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Read the Docs newsletter - March 2022

It’s been pretty quiet on the company front in February, with nothing much to report. We’re actively working on our latest job description, which will be a product-focused Python development position. If you’re interested, please let us know.

In February we continued to work on refactors and internal changes. Among the major user-facing changes:

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War in Ukraine and what it means for Read the Docs

With news surrounding the invasion of Ukraine evolving rapidly, we felt it was necessary to provide an update to our users and customers.

At Read the Docs, we are outraged and saddened by the invasion of Ukraine and we condemn this act of violence as wrong and unlawful. We are monitoring the situation in Europe and how it relates to our employees, customers, and our services to the open source world.

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Deprecation of the git:// protocol on GitHub

Last year, GitHub announced the deprecation of the unsecured Git protocol due to security reasons. This change will be made permanent on March 15, 2022.

At Read the Docs we found around 900 projects using a Git protocol URL (git://github.com/user/project) to clone their projects. To save time for our users, we have migrated those to use the HTTPS cloning URL instead (https://github.com/user/project).

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Read the Docs newsletter - February 2022

Welcome to the latest edition of our monthly newsletter, where we share the most relevant updates around Read the Docs, offer a summary of new features we shipped during the previous month, and share what we’ll be focusing on in the near future.

We have mostly finished migrating Read the Docs for Business users to Cloudflare for SSL. There are lots of interesting features this will enable, so stay tuned for updates there.

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Sphinx 4.4 release and other ecosystem news

In this post we spread the word about the most relevant news of the Sphinx ecosystem of the past weeks, including Sphinx itself as well as extensions and themes developed by the community.

Sphinx 4.4 was released on January 17th with numerous changes, including:

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Read the Docs newsletter - January 2022

Welcome to the latest edition of our monthly newsletter, where we share the most relevant updates around Read the Docs, offer a summary of new features we shipped during the previous month, and share what we’ll be focusing on in the near future.

We are now managing custom domains for our corporate users using Cloudflare SSL for SaaS, which will remove the manual work that was needed on our side and make the process of setting up a custom domain almost instantaneous. It also will allow us to offer a CDN much easier in the future.

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