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Version management: GitLab 14.4 brings remote repositories for GitLab in VS Code

Version 14.4 of the version management platform GitLab has appeared. As every month, features for users of all editions as well as additional ones for paying users are included. On-demand scans for Dynamic Application Security Testing (DAST) are only available for the Ultimate editions hosted by GitLab or on their own servers. This means that a certain start time in the future or a recurring interval can be set for the scans. Up to now, DAST scans could only be triggered manually.

Together with version 14.4 of the DevOps platform, an update of the Visual Studio Code Extension called GitLab Workflow has also been released: Version 3.33 introduces the possibility for GitLab users of all editions to view a GitLab repository in the source code editor without cloning it to have to – similar to what is possible for GitHub with the GitHub Repositories Extension.

The command GitLab: Open Remote Repository In contrast, the command palette only opens a read-only version of a project in the familiar Visual Studio code environment. This allows the GitLab project to be viewed at a glance, and code snippets can also be copied.

The extension is available in the Visual Studio Marketplace. More information about this can be found in the documentation.

A new trend graph shows the degree of DevOps implementation at the group level over time by showing the number of features used for the areas Dev, Sec and Ops. Users of both the SaaS and the Ultimate Edition managed on their own servers can enjoy such a visual demonstration:

GitLab 14.4: The new DevOps Adoption Trend Graph shows the number of DevOps features used at the group level in a monthly comparison.

(Image: GitLab)

The GitLab Operator is now generally available in all self-managed GitLab editions. It is used to run GitLab production instances on Kubernetes platforms such as Red Hat OpenShift.

In total, over 30 innovations have found their way into the new version. No other features have been marked as deprecated, however, when upgrading, please note that the name of the Task Runner has changed to Toolbox. This should rule out confusion with GitLab Runner in the future.

All details about GitLab 14.4 offers the blog entry for the release.


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