What’s New?

This section details new features, fixes, and updates included in the most recent version of Thriftly.

Most Recent Version

V 2.2 - Released October 2018

New and Improved Features

  • New Trial Licensing Makes Getting Started Easier: We’ve updated both the Thriftly Developer and Thriftly Deployment downloads to make getting started with Thriftly even easier:

    • Thriftly Developer continues to be free-forever, but you no longer have to re-register your installation every six months.

    • The Thriftly Deployment trial is now also free-forever, but we’ve limited the number of application pools and processes you can deploy using a trial license. Additionally, trial licenses now contain a data transfer limit, as described near the end of the Installing and Licensing Thriftly Deployment topic.

      We expect this new model will allow independent developers, whose APIs often require only one endpoint and minimal data transfers, to continue using our free trial longer than 30 days. It will also resolve licensing and endpoint consolidation issues larger customers have had when reconciling their trial deployment with their subscriptions.

      If you’re using a previous trial version, you’ll be prompted to reconcile your deployment with these new restrictions after you update and launch Thriftly Deployment.

  • Serve Your API Using gRPC: We’ve added the gRPC protocol buffer, Google’s high-performance RPC framework, to the list of transports and protocols we support. You can deploy your API as a gRPC service by selecting gRPC as your API’s transport and protocol (as detailed in step 4 of the Adding Endpoints topic) and then following the instructions in the Deploying Your API as a gRPC Service section. Note that, currently, Thriftly-based gRPC services include the following limitations:

    • You can not deploy Thriftly-based gRPC services using the Thriftly Gateway; you must deploy and access them from your local machine using localhost ports.
    • You can not use request headers to transform your API into a gRPC service after deployment. If you intend to use your API as a gRPC service, you must specify your API is a gRPC service as you deploy it from Thriftly.
    • Thriftly gRPC services support only the simple RPC method, not response-streaming, request-streaming, or bidirectionally-streaming RPC.
    • Thriftly implements gRPC over HTTP2. Thriftly gRPC services are not compatible with HTTP1 implementations.
  • Monitor Your API’s Performance Using Prometheus: To give you a free, open-source option for monitoring your Thriftly API’s performance, we’ve integrated Thriftly with Prometheus, an application that gathers and graphs a variety of key API performance metrics.

    Additionally, you can use Prometheus’s own integration with Grafana to create and share stylized dashboards detailing your API’s performance. You can also create automatic email alerts to inform you when your API hits a certain performance threshold.

    To connect your API with Prometheus, refer to the Analyzing Metrics and Creating Alerts Using Prometheus and Grafana section.