We’re Putting Time On Your Side

It’s been a busy week here at New Relic. Shaving off our mustaches takes a lot of time. But in between bouts of razor burn, we’ve also been shipping new features. Today we launched a new time picker.

Our old time picker was large and very awkward to use, and caused a lot of pain for our users. And that’s no good, so this week we finally got around to do something about it. Let me introduce our new time picker!

New Time Picker (screenshot 2)

0) Updated The new time picker greatly simplifies the UI compared to the old one. We threw out one feature in the transition: the “beginning at”, “ending at” and “around” selection for historical time windows. All time windows are now chosen using “ending at.” Double click the durations to leave the end of your time window alone, but refresh the page with the new duration.

1)  Updated Historical and current time windows have been consolidated into a single interface, so we no longer have tabs in a dropdown. Simpler is better.

2 & 3) There are now jump links, to skip your time window backwards and forwards. They respect the duration of the current time window. If you’re looking at a three day time window, you jump back three days. This helps you browse through your history, finding performance problems to solve.

4) Do you switch your time zone a lot? Do you try to correlate your New Relic data with your server logs, which are in UTC? We now indicate your time zone preference. You can now see the setting, and change it easily.

New Time Picker (screenshot 2)

When you choose Ending in the past, rather than ending now, you’ll expose a calendar.

5) When choosing a historical time window, the calendar now behaves like a calendar (yay!) and is constrained to the available data. No more choosing days far in the past for which you have no information. For example, if you have a Standard account, you’ll only be able to choose the past eight days. If you’re on a Pro account, which has access to permanent metric storage, you’ll be able to go back for as much data as we have — back to the app’s deploy date. That might be last week or it might be last year. This feature will prevent you from ending up in a historical time frame that is useless for you.

6) Trekkies rejoice! “Make it so” sounded way better than “Initiate time travel”.

I hope that these changes will make time travel with New Relic a little bit easier. As with everything we do, we love hearing from you, our users. Let us know if you love it or hate, or have ideas for improvement.

Brent Miller is a principal engineer & architect for New Relic. He traded in his training as a botanist to become a frontend engineer, and has spent the past decade building UIs that are easy to manage and helping the engineers around him become better at what they do. View posts by .

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