Here at Telerik, we strive to be as transparent as possible when it comes to releasing roadmap details for our products. We want to make sure our product direction is in perfect alignment with your needs. To that end, I'm happy to unveil our high-level roadmap for the first half of 2015!
Since Telerik AppBuilder has an aggressive release schedule (usually every six to eight weeks), our roadmap is flexible enough to adjust to the ever-evolving mobile landscape. But how do we get to a real plan? Well, we take in feedback from a variety of sources, including:
We also look at industry trends and, with the help of our product management team, marketing and engineering, we 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.
Let's dive right into the roadmap details for the first half of 2015:
If you missed the last Telerik Platform webinar, you missed the announcement of ScreenBuilder, which is a new way of visually developing your apps without touching code. Look for the ScreenBuilder beta to drop soon.
A big part of the 2015 consumer space certainly will be wearables. Whether an Apple Watch, Android Wear or even the Pebble Smartwatch, we have a laser focus on this segment and are coming up with some big plans for helping you expand your app development to include accessing these new devices using custom Cordova plugins.
While our cloud-based 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 native emulator support or even deploy your app to a connected device. How 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 iOS and Android emulators.
What exactly do I mean by "last mile"? We all know the advantage of hybrid development is it provides a rapid development environment and enables you to use the same web skills you've honed over the years. But the "last mile" of development is challenging, whether you have performance issues, iOS provisioning profile struggles or are debugging and tweaking apps running on physical devices. We plan to address each of these issues directly in upcoming releases of AppBuilder.
A lot of you have been asking for a way to integrate AppBuilder's build process in your CI workflow. We've been considering how to approach this for some time, and I'm pleased to let you know that this is a high priority for us in the coming months.
Mac developers rejoice! While you've been able to use our Command-Line Interface for some time now, 2015 will bring the AppBuilder development experience to a new cross-platform IDE in the form of a performant Chrome App. Stay tuned for details.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention our new developer conference, coming up in early May, in Boston--TelerikNEXT. We will have some fantastic product announcements and unveilings there. You won't want to miss it!
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.
About the Author Rob Lauer is a Product Manager for Telerik and has a passion for hybrid mobile app development and the open web. In his other life he raises two kids, plays Ultimate Frisbee, and (for better or worse) is an avid Wisconsin Badger fan. Rob is @rdlauer on Twitter.
Rob Lauer is Senior Manager of Developer Relations at Progress and has a passion for mobile app development and the open web. You can find Rob rambling as @RobLauer on Twitter.