After weeks of planning, I'm pleased to release our public Telerik AppBuilder roadmap for the second half of 2015! We've been in touch with many of you so far this year, and these conversations have directly impacted our roadmap and helped us to continue to deliver the best possible set of mobile development tools and services.
Before we look at what is coming later this year, let's take a quick look back at the big features we have delivered so far:
We have had a great first half of 2015, delivering numerous features and updates (and bug fixes, of course). Here is just a small sample of what we have provided:
Our roadmap has always been (and will continue to be) flexible enough for us to adjust to the ever-evolving mobile development world. That being said, we have sketched out a very solid plan for the second half of 2015 by factoring in a variety of inputs:
We also look at industry trends, and, with the help of our product management team, marketing and engineering, combine all of this data to hash out a solid plan. Long story short, YOU directly impact the roadmap, so sound off on the feedback portal to make your voice heard.
Enough chatter, let's dive into the roadmap details for the second half of 2015:
We can't say enough about NativeScript and what this new framework means for the mobile development community. This is why we have big plans to continue to improve upon our NativeScript support in all of the AppBuilder clients. This means better debugging, improved code-completion, support for NPM modules and more.
Tip: Follow the NativeScript roadmap to get a taste of what is coming from the framework itself!
You can also count on more features and options in our functional design tool (Screen Builder) to create native apps (with the NativeScript framework of course) without touching a single line of code.
Finally, look for NativeScript plugin support to drop in our Verified Plugins Marketplace.
Have your Apple Watch yet? If not, now is the time to jump on the bandwagon as we will be bringing support for Apple Watch apps soon.
One of the big advantages of leveraging AppBuilder is the ability to create builds of your apps in the cloud (meaning you don't need a Mac to create an iOS app, nor do you need a Windows PC to create a Windows Phone app). Some developers have been vocal in wanting to leverage the speed and security of creating builds locally, which we aim to provide in H2.
We know A LOT of you utilize the AppBuilder extension for Visual Studio. You've also noted that the Visual Studio experience doesn't feel integrated enough with the rest of our Telerik Platform services. Have no fear. In the coming months we will be releasing updates to our Visual Studio extension that enable you to leverage your cloud-based projects and Telerik Platform services easier than ever before.
A lot of you have been asking for a way to integrate AppBuilder's build process in your CI workflow (think Jenkins, TFS and so on). We have a plan in place, and the team is working on a solution. Look for an announcement soon!
While our device simulator is great, there are times when you need perfect emulation of your app (for example, if you are using custom Cordova plugins or need pixel-perfect rendering). Historically you have been able to use our provided local native emulator support or even deploy your app to a connected device. But what about the best of both worlds? In the coming months, we plan on releasing cloud-based emulators that provide 100-percent accurate device simulation by utilizing true native emulators.
And no, we aren't actually leveraging our device wall to offer cloud-based emulation!
Here at Telerik, we love Mac developers, and while you've been able to use our Command-Line Interface with a Sublime Text package for some time now, you've been vocal about wanting a truly integrated AppBuilder development experience.
Enter a new AppBuilder client, codenamed "Proton"! There are some clues to be found in the codename and much more to be announced soon. In the meantime, we will be looking for beta testers, so contact me on twitter @rdlauer if you are interested!
We operate in a dynamic environment, and things are subject to change. The information provided on these and related pages is intended to outline the general Telerik product direction. It is intended for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon when making any purchasing decision. We may decide to add new features at any time depending on our capability to deliver products meeting Telerik quality standards. The development, releases and timing of any features or functionality described for Telerik products remains at the sole discretion of Telerik. These roadmaps do not represent a commitment, obligation or promise to deliver any products to the customer at any time.
Rob Lauer is Senior Manager of Developer Relations at Progress and has a passion for mobile app development and the open web. You can Rob rambling as @RobLauer on Twitter.