As 2008 gives way to 2009, it’s hard not to pause for but a moment and reflect upon the year that was. Colossal sized changes were everywhere. WaveMaker and the developer community were no exceptions. A year ago, WaveMaker Software, the company, was still getting used to its new name. WaveMaker Visual AJAX Studio, the software, developers were still working overtime to get 3.1.1 out the door. As to the community, wow, where to begin ? We did all sorts of things in 2008, like iPod rock stars, going to a giants game, starting the mastering WaveMaker webinars, attending some great meetups, launching our wiki, and of course, the 4.0 beta program which let community members directly shape the 4.0 release. The number of daily visitors has tripled, forum posts are fives times and downloads ten times what they averaged a year ago. Wow, what a difference a year can make.
This months cloud test drive was an appropriate program to close out the year. Community members like Malamut led the charge in tracking down issues in the first IDE for the cloud. Thanks to everyone who helped test out the cloud edition. Your efforts and feedback are appreciated. Look for betas updated with your feedback in 09 !
Cloud computing is quite promising indeed, but so are the prospects for WaveMaker developers. Just this week, more new project opportunties were posted to the forums. Speaking of opportunities for community members, it is a true pleasure to announce that Lenny has joined the dev community team. Lenny has been a regular contributor to the community since the beginning. Lenny has a broad background of open source and development technologies. He’s been a long time contributor on the forums and we’re thrilled to have him helping out. Welcome aboard Lenny !
As usual, there’s loads of interesting posts to discuss. We’ve recently discussed how the WM architecture helps thwart SQL Injection Attacks, how to customize a SalesForce mashup, and how to keep project CSS from bleeding into studio. Data grid customization is always a popular topic. Recent discussions there have included displaying an image based on grid selection and defining a custom formatter.
There is lots of neat stuff to look forward to in 2009.