This weekend we released version 15.5 of Instant Developer Foundation, and as you will have noticed, it’s one of the most important versions in recent years.
In addition to the great innovations you’ve already heard about, like the introduction of a new graphic theme based on Bootstrap and the option to use two new libraries (Google Chart and ChartJs) to create charts, this version contains more than a hundred fixes and improvements, and most of them are things you’ve asked for.
I think this is the best response to the concern that some of you have expressed to me, worrying that we might become less committed to Instant Developer Foundation after we released Instant Developer Cloud.
In Varignana, when Andrea shared with you the idea of creating Instant Developer Cloud, he told you that our main goal in building this new tool would be to help you provide the best possible response to new requirements in app development, for apps that are less business-focused and more customer-facing, which are in increasing demand from the market.
He said all this even more clearly when he presented the final release of Instant Developer Cloud, answering the question “Instant Developer: Foundation or Cloud?” by saying:
“…it’s not Foundation – or – Cloud, it’s Foundation – and – Cloud.”
I think this has been reinforced even further by Andrea’s recent posts, in which he provides examples of exactly how the approach to app development has changed, and how to best use Instant Developer Cloud as a result.
Coming back to what’s going to happen with Instant Developer Foundation, I can tell you now that next year the release cycle will proceed as normal, with three versions planned for March (16.0), June (16.1) and October (16.5), and their content will be defined largely by your ideas.
So keep telling us what you need and how you’d like to improve Instant Developer Foundation, and in the meantime if you have the chance, be sure to try Instant Developer Cloud as well!