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February 08, 2012 | Michael Mullany

Company Update

This company update is a new feature for the newsletter, but we plan to run it from time to time to keep you up to date with what’s happening with the company as a whole, beyond the products and projects that we’re working on that we talk about in the blog. The last year has been a year of rapid growth here at Sencha. We’ve more than doubled the size of the company to over a hundred people, and we’re still hiring in almost all areas. We’re happy to say that our ecosystem keeps expanding too, adding new services partners and resellers on a weekly basis.

We’re very happy at the major investments that big technology companies are making in HTML5. In particular, we’re proud to share that AT&T has chosen Sencha Touch as the basis of its next generation Platform API SDK for HTML5. We’ll be blogging about the fantastic capabilities of this SDK in the next few weeks.

Product Progress

As you’ve probably read on the blog, we’ve been busy getting our new product versions out the door. We’re now in late beta with Designer 2, Touch 2, Ext GWT 3 and Ext JS 4.1. Please give as much feedback as you can in the beta forums and your feedback is incredibly essential. Beyond Ext JS 4.1, we’ll continue to ship more performance optimizations for older IE browsers in further releases of Ext JS 4.x.

Looking ahead to the distant future: normally, we discontinue support of Ext JS X once we ship Ext JS X+2, but to serve those of you who have chosen to remain on Ext JS 3, we’re extending our support period for Ext JS 3 for 12 months beyond the shipment of the next major release after Ext JS 4. We’ll also continue to ship bug-fixes for the Ext JS 3.4.x line on a periodic basis.

Support and Infrastructure

With this rapid growth, we’re making good progress on scaling our support and our other infrastructure. We’ve staffed up the support organization a lot in the last six months. We’re tracking very detailed support metrics on a weekly basis and I’m happy to say that our support responsiveness has improved sharply. We’ve also added full-time forum coverage, and it’s great to see that forum postings and general forum activity is at an all time high. Our web infrastructure has also received a big upgrade in the last few months to match record high web visits, and we feel like we’re now properly organized to handle our expected growth this year.

I look forward to keeping you updated on the company progress throughout 2012, and thanks for being part of the Sencha Community,

Written by Michael Mullany
Michael Mullany is Sencha's CEO. He has held various product and executive marketing roles at influential Silicon Valley startups Netscape, Loudcloud, and VMware. He holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Harvard College.

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Jay Garcia

3 years ago

This is a *HUGE* win for folks who have invested a ton of cash in ExtJS 3x applications. Thank you for doing this.

Rich02818

3 years ago

Great news.  Will the updated source for v3x be available in svn to support subscribers?

Michael Mullany

3 years ago

Yes updated source will be made accessible to support subscribers - as always.

Rich02818

3 years ago

Thanks, Michael.  So far the svn repository for v3.4 has had no functional code changes for over 7 months.  The switch from svn to git was long ago, so I assume that the code changes have been made in git.  However, we’ve never been given access to git.  So the question is how do we go about fetching the updated code?

Juan Mendes

3 years ago

My vote is for a real bug tracker. Tracking bugs through the forum is a big PITA.

Murray

3 years ago

Great to hear continued support for v3.4. Since I am developing in AIR I cant use Ext JS 4 because of the need in AIR to pre-compile templates and they are “embedded” in ext4 internals. (Well, that is as I understand it anyway). Would love to hear more about the app you are using for the Designer. Maybe we wouldn’t need AIR then? wink

Ryan

3 years ago

What is going on with Sencha?! Focusing on everything else but the money shots! IE support in 4.0.1 is awful and painfully slow. 3.4 has received no love since it’s release and is the only working version for IE-based apps! Come on guys!

Michael Mullany Sencha Employee

3 years ago

@rich 3.4 has had no updates for a while. As I talk about in the update, we’re going to be working on additional bug fixes to roll into 3.4.

@juan - yes a real bug tracker is on our wish list to get out, we had something mostly working for SenchaCon, but decided that it wasn’t good enough and we needed to do more work

@Ryan - we’re working on perf improvements for 4 in the 4.1 release (as I’ve blogged about and repeat up above) - 3.4 is due for additional love after 4.1 ship (as I mention above).

Ryan

3 years ago

@Michael—We heard that back in May 2011: “We are actively working on performance enhancements within the framework. Thanks for all the test cases and pointing out places where you are encountering issues. We will get these resolved.”—Search for “[4.x] Serious performance issues under IE 8” on the forum, it says it all!

Michael Mullany Sencha Employee

3 years ago

@ryan reclaiming performance on Ext JS 4 has been a long and painful process. My best summary of how we got there and what we’ve done (and are still doing) remains this blog post:

http://www.sencha.com/blog/ext-js-4-1-update/

I hope you’ve been trying out our 4.1 betas and are seeing performance improvements.

Ryan

3 years ago

@Michael—Dude betas don’t help those of us out on the front line standing in front of customers having to explain the performance issues on their corporate apps when the entire organisation uses IE. Almost 3/4 of a year passes and still no resolution—You guys make it hard for us to be out there touting ExtJS! </rant>

Michael Mullany Sencha Employee

3 years ago

@ryan Agreed on all points.

Brook

3 years ago

I’m still on 3.4 too! Thank you for listening to your customers. Its too bad 4.0 was not more backwards compatible. I still think that was a big mistake. But I do thank you for extending support for 3.4.

JohnB

3 years ago

I agree with @Ryan. IE support is a must. I realize that no one at Sencha uses IE, but 90% of our end users do.

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