Read the Docs newsletter - June 2021

Welcome to a new edition of our monthly newsletter, where we openly 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.

Company highlights

  • We applied to the next round of the CZI Essential Open Source Software for Science! Our proposal is even more ambitious than the previous one, and we are excited about the possibilities for our users if we get accepted. The funding would cover 2 years of work, starting in 2022.

  • We keep making progress on the current CZI grant work: Juan Luis sent the first pull request for our new Sphinx tutorial, which received positive feedback from the maintainers, and Manuel is about to release a new version of sphinx-hoverxref with support for intersphinx (we will write a dedicated blog post about this soon).

  • We added a Data Processing Agreement to our official documentation.

  • We are iterating on an improved roadmap workflow to make sure our team stays productive as we grow.

New features

You can always see the latest changes to our platforms in our Read the Docs Changelog.

Upcoming features

  • Anthony_ will keep working on our new UI templates as well as pushing sphinx_rtd_theme, and continue assisting with the Frontend hiring process.

  • Eric will continue to focus on improving the product for our Enterprise users. This includes working on auditing functionality, security process improvements, and other small features. He will also keep working on improving the ads platform.

  • Juan Luis will continue writing the new Sphinx tutorial and scheduling Customer Development calls with scientific users, along with advertising more options for projects to remove ads.

  • Manuel will wrap up the new sphinx-hoverxref release, continue working on SSO to make it discoverable by users, and keep pushing the Embed API v3 design document as well as new ideas for how our builders work.

  • Santos will work on enabling pull request builds of commercial projects to be public, continue unifying our community and commercial codebases, and work with Manuel on defining our new philosophy for our builders, so we can move away from injecting logic on behalf of the users and improve the extensibility of our platform (see our ongoing discussion).

Possible issues

After the recent news of GitHub and GitLab restricting their free offerings to prevent crypto mining abuse, we started researching ways to detect and prevent this situation from happening to us in the future.

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