January 26, 2022 - Alex Strick van Linschoten - 3 mins read
ZenML 0.6.0 is out now. We’ve made some big changes under the hood, but our
biggest public-facing addition is our new integration to support all your data
whylogs. Our core
thoroughly reworked and is now in
a much better place to support our ongoing development needs.
Smaller changes that you’ll notice include extensive documentation additions, updates and fixes. For a detailed look at what’s changed, give our full release notes a glance.
Whylogs is an open source library that analyzes your data and creates statistical summaries called whylogs profiles. Whylogs profiles can be visualized locally or uploaded to the WhyLabs platform where more comprehensive analysis can be carried out.
ZenML integrates seamlessly with Whylogs and WhyLabs. This example shows how easy it is to enhance steps in an existing ML pipeline with Whylogs profiling features. Changes to the user code are minimal while ZenML takes care of all aspects related to Whylogs session initialization, profile serialization, versioning and persistence and even uploading generated profiles to Whylabs.
WhylogsVisualizer, as described in
the associated example notes,
you can visualize Whylogs profiles generated as part of a pipeline.
some fundamental changes to the
core architecture to solve some of the issues we previously had and provide a
more extensible design to support quicker implementations of different stack
components and integrations. The main change was to refactor the
StackComponent architectures. These changes had a pretty wide
impact so involved changes in many files throughout the codebase, especially in
the CLI which makes calls to all these pieces.
We’ve already seen how it helps us move faster in building integrations and we hope it helps making contributions as pain-free as possible!
As the codebase and functionality of ZenML grows, we always want to make sure our documentation is clear, up-to-date and easy to use. We made a number of changes in this release that will improve your experience in this regard:
mkdocsfor this so you’ll notice a slight visual refresh as well.
As with most releases, we made a number of small but significant fixes and additions. The most import of these were that you can now access the metadata store via the step context. This enables a number of new possible workflows and pipeline patterns and we’re really excited to have this in the release.
We added in a markdown parser for the
zenml example info … command, so now
when you want to use our CLI to learn more about specific examples you will see
beautifully parsed text and not markdown markup.
We improved a few of our error messages, too, like for when the return type of a step function doesn’t match the expected type, or if step is called twice. We hope this makes ZenML just that little bit easier to use.
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