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We've been doing a lot of interior plumbing work on SHIELD, shoring up the internal processes, the scheduler, etc.

However, today I want to talk about a more visible change coming in the 8.2.0 release: Short UUIDs!

Less, as they say, is more.

UUIDs are typically around 40 characters long (including the hyphens).  They're great for ensuring universal uniqueness, but they are absolutely rubbish for humans to remember.  Starting with SHIELD v8.2, you'll be able to deal with UUIDs in their shortened form, usually around 8 characters.

By default, all the commands that list things, like shield stores or shield targets, will start printing UUIDs in shortened form.  You can override this by specifying the --long flag:

To make extra double sure, use --long in listing commands.

It's a little thing (ha!) but it has had a huge effect on our general happiness level when managing our SHIELD cores from the command line.  We hope you enjoy this little tweak as much as we have!

Check out SHIELD v8.2.0 today.