2010: The year Ext JS takes over

On January 1st 2010 I officially joined Ext JS to take over the role of lead developer. After living and breathing Ext for the last 3 years I am delighted to have joined the company itself. Ext JS has lead the way in developing rich client side applications since the very first release; this is a tradition we will continue and build upon.

2010 is going to be an extremely exciting year for Ext JS. A new focus is being placed on helping developers create their applications much more quickly, with the help of advanced creation tools and a standardised application architecture right out of the box.

We will continue the performance improvements started in 3.1 to make sure that Ext applications really fly. Ext JS 3.2 will be the fastest, most stable version ever released.

2010 is also the year that Ext JS becomes much easier to learn. With a completely reinvented learning section, Ext will no longer take months to learn and understand – even our API documentation will get a facelift.

The upcoming Marketplace will be the perfect venue to find and share new, high quality components created by our awesome developer community. Think of the Marketplace as the App Store for Ext JS – full of great offerings that are easy to drop in to any application.

Calling all able-minded Ext JS developers

Ext JS is already the best JavaScript library in the world for creating rich, desktop-quality applications on the web. If you want to help us make it even better, I want to hear from you.

As well as creating new components and improving our application support, we need people to help us maintain the quality and stability of what we already have. If you’re intimate with Ext and think you have what it takes to get involved, drop me a PM and introduce yourself.

18 Responses to 2010: The year Ext JS takes over

  1. Hear, hear 🙂

    Yet another face on the upcoming Ext Conference to meet!

    More stable = Ext.Direct improvements, pllllllz!

    Btw, what components will you work on?

  2. Justin P says:

    Great news! Ext is awesome!

  3. Colin says:

    If your results match your ambition and attitude then this will be a great year for ExtJS. Learning ExtJS and writing my first app with it were painful and very time-consuming compared with other libraries. It was worth the effort, but I wonder how many people give up.

  4. Pierre says:

    More speed and stability is definitely a good thing to focus on, because feature-wise I think all the important stuff is there now.

    I have to agree with Colin, learning Ext is painful and long, the first time I tried using it I gave up in frustration as nothing was working and there was no clue as to where the problem was coming from. Luckily I gave it another try, but I have to also wonder how many people just give up.

  5. Ed Spencer says:

    @Colin and @Pierre, you’ll find no argument from me that Ext JS is currently too hard to learn – I still remember the pain after all this time. Making this easier is one of my top priorities.

    We’re making big improvements with speed at the moment – watch this space. There are a couple of new components that will be coming out in 3.2, as well as improvements to existing ones such as TreeGrid.

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  10. Phunky says:

    Congrats 🙂 I have so much love for ExtJS but have not been able to touch it for a while. I keep wanting to but just never get the time.

    I wish I could twist my employees arm and get them to move over to ExtJS but that would be a massive overhaul for something that “works” as is. Maybe when we open up our API system i’ll just go and write my own ExtJS front end for it 🙂

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  13. Timothy says:

    This is exciting. Especially the learning section. I have an internal conflict every time I program ExtJS. I’m a Python developer and therefore feel strongly that all code lines should be less than 80 chars long. This does not mesh well with ExtJS’s nested objects way of doing things. But when I try to break it out, the code looks messy.

    So what can we add to the learning section to help clean-code nazis like myself keep their code clean?

  14. Very exciting news! I agree learning ExtJS is hard, but not impossible. I think an organized and thorough learning center where newbies could guided on what to read up on would be very helpful. The current learning resources leave you having to search through the forums for what you really need to know to get up and running. Overall I absolutely love ExtJS and am excited to see what you guys come up with next. Congrats on joining the team.

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  16. Martin says:

    Great News!

    we are starting a major project that will be using ExtJS for the whole frontend. Completly API based and ExtJS only for the whole user interface.

    We have no prior experience using ExtJS.

    Where can I check the revamped learning section?

    Thanks

  17. Ed Spencer says:

    @Martin we’re still working on the updated version of our learning sections. There’s currently our well-rounded API docs (http://www.extjs.com/docs) and the current learning section (http://www.extjs.com/learn) as well as the examples pages (http://www.extjs.com/deploy/dev/examples/) to learn from

  18. Martin says:

    Great!

    Any idea when we can take a look (even if it’s alpha !) ?

    🙂

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