2011 Product Roadmap Update

Sencha Product Roadmap 2011The year has started off with a bang for us here at Sencha, and we’ve been working hard across all of our products. In the last three months, we’ve shipped Ext Designer 1.1, Sencha Touch 1.1 and a beta release of Ext JS 4. Now, we’d like to share with the community what we think the rest of the year looks like and what to expect from our frameworks and tools. I should add the standard disclaimer that this is our best estimate of what will happen when, but we have no doubt that these will continue to evolve.

Ext JS 4 Ext JS

As we mentioned in the Ext JS Beta 1 announcement, we’re on track to deliver the final version of Ext JS 4.0 by the end of April. We started releasing Ext JS 4 as a developer preview in mid-February and we’ve had a huge amount of feedback from the community. With the community’s help we’ve fixed over 600 issues since PR1! We’re excited to keep working on making Ext JS 4 the best Ext JS release yet. After 4.0, we tentatively expect a minor release sometime in the summer.

Ext GWT 3 Ext GWT

During SenchaCon 2010 we said that we would release Ext GWT 3.0 in Q2 of 2011 and we remain on track for this. Much like we did with Ext JS, we’re preparing a series of Ext GWT preview releases and betas this spring, with final product delivery this summer. One of the primary goals of Ext GWT 3 is to bring the library more in line with the current GWT design and features. This includes changes to support GWT Handlers, UIBinder, MVP, Editors, SafeHtml, RequestBuilder, AutoBean and others. We have also refactored our stores and loaders which now work with both AutoBeans and any standard Java bean. It will also be easier to use Ext GWT Components with GWT Layout Widgets, and to use GWT Widgets with Ext GWT Containers.

Sencha Designer 1.1 Ext Designer

The 1.1 release of Ext Designer added many new features that helped make a component and UI designer’s life easier and better integrated into the developer workflow. We’re planning one additional release in the Designer 1.x family to support Ext JS 4 and hope to make it available by summer. Looking ahead to Designer 2, as we talked about at SenchaCon 2010, our plan is to take a major leap forward in Designer functionality and make Designer a more general purpose application builder for both Ext JS and Sencha Touch developers. You’ll see improvements like integration of the MVC, better data integration and other fun surprises we’ll share soon. Expect to see Designer 2 in preview this fall.

Sencha Touch 1.1 Sencha Touch

In early March we released Sencha Touch 1.1 with support for features like pull to refresh and BlackBerry OS6. We’re in full gear on Sencha Touch 2.0 and aim to be in preview this summer with it. Sencha Touch 2.0 will be an evolutionary step in our Touch product, and we’re looking to bring greater consistency in the core platform between Ext JS and Touch. In the spring, we’ll also release a touch compatible version of our charting package so developers can make beautiful, mobile-friendly, plugin-free charts.

Sencha Animator Beta Sencha Animator

Currently in Developer Preview, we’re super excited about the progress we’re making internally on Animator. Targeting a mid to late summer v1, we’ve made great progress on preparing to move from the developer preview state to our first beta and we anticipate delivering the first beta in 4-6 weeks. You can look forward to many new features in each Animator release heading to v1 that make it feel more comfortable to a user of animation tools. We’ll be adding in things like better easing visualization, new keyboard shortcuts, and many other “pro” features. Our community has been fantastic in providing us feedback on how to make Animator a first rate tool for interactive and animated content in HTML5.

And More…

This is just an update on the public commitments we’ve made for our roadmap, we’ve also got a few new things under wraps that we’ll be launching this summer. We hope to update you on those just as soon as they’re ready for unveiling. Thanks for being part of the Sencha community, and keep the feedback coming!

Comments

  1. says

    The most exciting sentence for me:
    “Sencha Touch 2.0 will be an evolutionary step in Touch product, and we’re looking to bring greater consistency in the core platform between Ext JS and Touch.”
    :-D

  2. Les says

    >> In the spring, we’ll also release a touch compatible version of our charting package so developers can make beautiful, mobile-friendly, plugin-free charts.

    Ed, will the drawing package be available along with charting? And just to make sure this will be available in Spring this year, correct?

  3. John le Roux says

    Can you please not use “summer” as a time. When is your summer? In South Africa it starts in December! So for your clients in South Africa Ext Designer for ExtJS 4.0 will only be released in December! Is that correct?

  4. Eric says

    OH, “North American Summer” so the people in Europe and Asia have different summers? Very interesting!
    When is North American Summer? (ha ha)

    Maybe we should use North of the Equator Summer and South of the Equator Summer.
    Lets hope nobody on the International Space Station is interested. When is summer in orbit?

    Eric

  5. says

    @Xavier — we’re always evaluating new platforms for Sencha Touch, including Web OS. We don’t have any committed plans at the moment, but we’re keeping a keen eye on it.

  6. Jonathan Griffin says

    As always, you rock! All the announcements at SenchaCon 2010 was exciting and hopeful. It’s so cool to see many of them come to fruition.

  7. says

    I ve heard something about EXT-GWT Touch. dont know if that s in work. If not you still can build a JSNI around sencha touch if you like :)
    I though about that but i m too busy with other projects at the moment.I ll have a look at that

  8. Phil says

    Are you planning to put Ext.Direct into Sencha Platform? I did a quick hack with the Direct code from Ext JS 3.3.1 to make it compatable with Touch 1.1 and it seemed to work well.

  9. says

    OH, “North American Summer” so the people in Europe and Asia have different summers? Very interesting!
    When is North American Summer? (ha ha)

    Maybe we should use North of the Equator Summer and South of the Equator Summer.
    Lets hope nobody on the International Space Station is interested. When is summer in orbit?

    Eric

  10. Anoop Premachandran says

    Can’t the Ext Designer itself be made into a web component and part of ExtJS suite that can be used/extended by end users with their own back-end/logic bindings to have “form designer” capabilities in applications ?

  11. Steve Lisbin says

    Are there any plans to provide gesture support to Ext JS? I understand that phones need special/unique UI support due to size limitations but the tablet market can support RIAs using EXT JS in lieu of Sencha Touch. We have a complex app thet renders fine on an iPad and would work great if there was gesture support.

  12. stevil says

    At a high level, this update is great – thanks for the info! One thing I liked about previous roadmaps (and this was especially true of Ext JS) was a list of the things being worked on for Q3, Q4, etc., up to a year out, so we had an idea of what new functionality to expect. Can we have something like that also?

  13. Isaac says

    Thanks for all your excellent work Sencha devs! I’m looking forward to the exciting times ahead with all the releases lined up.

    Please consider not referring to time by season. Some of us live in locations outside the US (yes surprise other places really do exist). It actually reads as quite offensive to someone who is not American.

  14. Isaac says

    Les, so your argument is: look a large US corporation does it too so it must be fine.

    It is mildly offensive because it promotes that America is the only place of importance on earth. It is language that treats non-Americans as second class citizens of the world.

    Anyway Sencha do a lot of outstanding work that I really appreciate. I am sure offense was not intended. I don’t hold anything against them for sure. It’s just advice that they can take or leave.

  15. Les says

    Isaac,

    I think you should inspect your own language first before making these wild accusations. Apple is the World’s most admired company (for the fourth year) and Sencha is a software leader in its own space.

  16. Isaac says

    Les, I’m not here to debate some point with you. Your not from Sencha so let it go. Someone from Sencha can ignore it or take it on board in future communications as they see fit. I already said twice Sencha do outstanding work that I do appreciate so I don’t know why your pointing that out to me.

    As for Apple they make good products except for the walled garden approach, but I don’t think they have to concern themselves with being overly polite. Its a massive company and people will buy it anyway.

  17. John K says

    It sounds like if I want to build a web front end for both desktop/laptops as well as mobile, I’ll need to develop with Ext JS and Sencha Touch separately. What are the plans to merge functionality? It looks like some people have already started to hack together hybrids. How would you recommend building a web-client that ran on desktop/laptop, tablet, and smart phone with Sencha’s tools?

  18. raivis says

    We have to make new desktop like web application and we are on step of choosing the most appropriate framework for it. We have stopped on GWT, Smart GWT and GXT atm. We don’t want to make it using GXT 2.x because of incompatibility to base GWT. As GXT 3.0 promises to get back to GWT event handlers, we would like to give it a try. As it was promised in the article first betas should appear this spring. Spring will be over soon and there is still no info about GXT v3. I’d appreciate any news about GXT 3.
    ty

  19. Darrell Meyer says

    @raivis
    We plan to have the first preview release of 3.0 the first week of June and to go final this summer.

  20. agx says

    @Darrell Meyer
    Yee haaw – the first week of june has arrived! Waiting for Ext GWT 3 preview release…

  21. raivis says

    Well, the first week of June is over and there are no betas of GXT v3. I feel a bit disappointed as I’ve been waiting for this version since January.

  22. says

    @Darrell Meyer
    Dear, now that GXT 3.0 DP 2 are avaliable coming some dubts. They´re supporting for GWT Platform approaches? Where we´ll can find roadmap? And, finally, new features from GWT 2.2 and 2.3 are supported?

    Thanks for your attetion.

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