In keeping with our tradition, at the beginning of every year we want to let you know the path Instant Developer is pursuing for the year, and once again there’s a lot to tell.
Let’s start with news on the way. There are two releases on the calendar: version 16.0 is slated for the first half of April, and 16.5 is coming in late September, just in time to include support for the new version of iOS.
Version 16.0 will contain two important new features:
- A focus on the Bootstrap framework introduced last November: we’ll include requests from the community and we’ll make the system even more stable.
- A runtime customization framework for mobile applications that will allow you to change their overall behavior, even device by device. This way, you’ll be able to create entire verticalizations without viewing or editing the original code.
We’ll also be implementing a lot of other improvements, including those we’ve received the most requests for in recent months, and all the fixes reported to our support system.
In conjunction with the release of version 16.0, we’ll be bringing online a new community support and management procedure in response to your requests over the last year. I can’t say too much right now, but we want to achieve the following goals:
- Accelerated scheduling of support services.
- Structured organization for providing patches.
- New system for discussing and selecting improvement suggestions from the community.
Finally, a quick look at version 16.5, which, in addition to including support for new web and mobile operating systems in 2017, will also have an important new feature: a new rendering system for the mobile app user interface that will allow for a user experience that truly resembles the native experience.
I hope that the Instant Developer Foundation roadmap for 2017 meets your expectations, and as always I’m curious to know what you think of it.