As we begin another year here at Telerik, it's a good time for us to sit back, bathe in the afterglow of the holiday season, and reminisce on what 2015 meant for the Telerik Platform.
2015 was a tremendous year across the board here at Telerik. At the end of 2014 we were acquired by Progress, and suffice it to say it has been a fantastic marriage that has allowed us to thrive under the wing of a company that has been successful for 35 years in the industry.
Being part of Progress has, of course, raised our visibility in the enterprise dramatically. Gartner recognized us as a Challenger in their latest Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms (the second year in a row we have had the honor of being recognized in the MQ).
Enterprises are leveraging the Telerik Platform all over the world, but at the same time we are maintaining a focus on our roots: the web/mobile developers who have been with us on this journey from day one.
This is why, even while our business grows, the tools and services we provide will continue to serve the developer. In 2015 we maintained this focus by providing new and improved features and capabilities across the Telerik Platform lineup, including:
The release of Screen Builder, our visual app scaffolding tool. We followed that up with the ability to preserve custom code changes, upgrade older apps to the latest Screen Builder generators, and added support for the Progress Data Source as a data provider. At the same time we released AppManager LiveSync, which allows you to instantly update an app without going through app store review.
To save you a huge headache you can now auto-generate your splash screens and icons. We added support for Apple Watch and now support alternative webviews such as WKWebView and Crosswalk. Jenkins users will be happy now that we have embraced the ability to generate CI cloud builds! We also released a public beta for our brand new cross-platform Desktop Client.
Telerik Backend Services released interactive push notifications, full offline support for your data and a vast array of data connectors. And with Telerik Analytics, we added user retention cohorts and new dashboard widgets.
And who could forget NativeScript?
Historically, when talking about Telerik Platform (or Telerik AppBuilder), we were speaking specifically about hybrid (i.e. Cordova/PhoneGap) development. Nowadays we have to bring native into the conversation with our open source framework, NativeScript.
NativeScript grew immensely in 2015, with about 5,500 GitHub stars and 1,000s of CLI downloads every month!
Just issue the magic command: npm install -g nativescript
The community around NativeScript is growing dramatically as well. Developer Nic Raboy has created a NativeScript training course, for example, which you're welcome to check out.
Without getting too deeply into our 2016 plans (let's save that for the next blog post :)), I can say that 2016 will merge NativeScript and the Telerik Platform in amazing ways. This next year will bring native development up to par with hybrid and ensure that developing native apps in the Telerik Platform is incredibly empowering in ways that Telerik has traditionally been successful.
If you attended our December webinar, you learned all about how we have taken our set of mobile app development tools and services and integrated them under one roof. From AppBuilder for coding and building, to Analytics for measuring your app's performance, to Backend Services for data and push notifications, to Screen Builder for visual app scaffolding, to AppManager for distributing your app—the Telerik Platform has embraced all of these services and made it so incredibly simple to use just one, or all of them, depending on your app development needs.
We also spent a lot of time consolidating and improving our docs! If you haven't been there in a while, now is a great time to check them out along with our updated getting started app samples.
If you'd like to learn more about what the new unified Telerik Platform means to you, take a look at this blog post or watch a replay of the webinar.
Your source of verified Cordova plugins, the Verified Plugins Marketplace has been a huge success. Traffic to the marketplace is at an all-time high and we now count almost 70 Cordova plugins—and we recently released the NativeScript plugins marketplace!
We are very proud of what the marketplace has done to enable developers of all types to succeed at adding native functionality to their apps with easy to read documentation and code samples.
The Telerik Platform app showcase has been expanding with more and more great examples of what you can do with our tools and services. If you have an app that you'd like to see in the showcase, be sure to let us know.
Needless to say, planning for 2016 started months ago, and the team is actively at work on the next great set of features for the Telerik Platform. In the next couple of weeks I'll have another blog post for you that outlines more of our plans for this coming year.
I'd like to end with a hearty "THANK YOU!" from everyone here at Telerik. It is you who have made the Telerik Platform successful, and we aim to keep making mobile app development easier, more engaging, and more fun in 2016.
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.