Xojo's 2016 Developers Conference
Oct 09, 2016 04:45 PM
Xojo's 2016 Developers Conference Overview
I flew back from the Xojo Developers Conference ( XDC ) on Saturday. After reflecting on the three day event, I couldn't be happier about developing software with Xojo. The Xojo Keynote covered the what is planned over the next year. Afterwards, fellow Xojo-er's presented their sessions including my session on 'Database Driven Design'. I discussed Xanadu, our code to make Xojo development using databases faster. All of the sessions were well put together as I learned something in each session I attended.
The following is what was discussed during the keynote and what that means regarding what we can do for you.
Xojo Keynote Stats and 20 Years
Geoff Perlmann, CEO of Xojo, discussed a few stats and went over the plan for what Xojo intends to do over the next year. This year 45% of the attendees were from overseas and 25% were first time attendees. The forums now now have 15k users which is a 15% increase over last year.
This year is Xojo's 20th Anniversary! I can't believe we've using Xojo since Version One!!! Geoff discussed how Xojo 'eats it's on dog food' which means they are using Xojo to develop Xojo. Xojo staff turn over has been extremely low over the past twenty years. Over that time, the following of software development platforms have stopped being supported:
Last Year and Next Year
Since last year, 949 bugs have been fixed and 187 new features have been added. A few major features have been added as well such as:
- Being able to build apps for Raspberry Pi.
- Replacing iOS Declares with Xojo methods.
- Being able to build apps for 64bit.
- Updates for Mac Retina and Windows HiDPI
Over the next year Xojo plans on the following:
- The next version will be focusing on updating the Windows framework.
- Q1 - Building 64bit apps will be out of beta.
- Q1 - XojoScript will work in 64bit.
- Q1 - Strings will be faster for Joining and Splitting.
- Q1 - 64bit debugging will be ready.
- Q1 - Windows Icons on Apps will be added.
- Q1 - Debugging on Raspberry Pi will be added.
- Q2 & 3 - 64bit will become the default. The IDE will be 64bit.
- Q2 & 3 - The Xojo Framework will be ready for all targets, not just iOS.
- Q2 & 3 - The plugin format will change so plugins can be written in Xojo.
- Q4 - Interops will be added to enable calling declares like methods with type ahead and converted to Xojo data types.
- Q4 - Android will be added as a new target, compatible with JellyBean 4.1 or later ( 97% of Androids ), and will compile to native controls and code.
As you can see, Xojo is really hitting it out of the park and super focused on making Xojo even better. It's going to be a GREAT year!!!