Merry Christmas, Smart Mobile Studio
This has been a fantastic and very exciting year, especially for Smart Mobile Studio. I dont think our product has seen so many improvements and new features being added since the 1.2 release way back in 2012.
The Smart Company
One of the reasons we have held a lower profile than usual this year, is because we have focused on the infrastructure of our product. Smart Mobile Studio has been from the very start a second job. Everyone involved work full time on other products, and we then allocate time to work on Smart Mobile Studio.
To solve this and to be able to deliver better service and product features we decided it was time to separate Smart Mobile Studio from Optimale Systemer AS. So you will be pleased to hear that Smart Mobile Studio now stands on it’s own legs, it has it’s own economy and is represented by a newly registered, fully tradable stock based company: The Smart Company AS.
With the realization and establishment of a proper IT company around our product, we can now accept and work with investors.
In order to really push our technology into a new level of quality, one where our customers can produce applications which targets, lives and exist in the cloud; we naturally need time. And time is money. So over the next months we will actively be looking for investors, distribution channels and any means of obtaining the required capital.
Our biggest strength is that we have a living product. Investors are not meet with an idea or paperwork outlining a possible future; They are greeted with an already existing product, in sale, being used by 1500+ customers around the world. A programming environment and system which is responsible for many successful mobile applications on both Apple Store and Google Play.
The future of Smart Mobile Studio
We still have meetings before we can publish the roadmap for the next couple of years, but the general future of the product is bright. In fact, our product will be the only Rapid Application Development studio for cloud computing on the market. This is a monumental game-changer because it allows our customers to produce portable, independent NodeJS based services that can be hosted anywhere.
This new project type which targets cloud brings in so much power to the end-users. Being able to connect and talk directly with native DB services, being able to subscribe and make use of SOAP and JSON services (unbound by CORS limitations). Plenty of IDE editors and Wizards to make creating advanced JSON services even easier than Delphi and C# presently offers.
But the really fantastic news is that your end product, your compiled JSON services, are 100% completely platform independent. They can be hosted on Amazon or Azure; if you already have a dedicated Linux or Windows server, hosting the solutions there is likewise a snap.
So what is the future of Smart Mobile Studio? In short: The first Rapid Application Development studio that targets the cloud completely. No more expensive renting of VPS accounts, no more being bound to Windows exclusively. JSON Services can be hosted anywhere NodeJS is available.
During the next year we will see more and more component packages arrive for Smart Mobile Studio. Many of the original, lightweight implementations that ship with Smart have been re-written from scratch. And there will be tremendous focus on porting Delphi components over.
Smart presently targets mobile devices, desktop browsers and NodeJS. As we begin to implement cloud API’s our NodeJS run-time units will be wastly improved. NodeJS can also execute your programs from the command-line, or directly from the desktop if you assign an Icon to it.
IOT is not going away, in fact it’s only just begun. Giving our customers the power to write applications for IOT devices is something we really want to deliver. There are so many cool new platforms out there, and it’s going to exponentially grow over the next 4-8 years.
NodeJS executes your code in near native speeds so that is no longer a factor to consider either.
More layout and UI tools
Yes, we realize that Smart Mobile Studio has had a less than attractive layout designer. This is unfortunate, we agree, but Smart was initially designed from a Mono/CLR point of view. In other words, visually designing UI interfaces was the exception rather than the rule. But this is really going to change in 2016.
I have personally spent quite some time investigating various widgets-toolkits and how we can integrate these into Smart Mobile Studio. In most cases it’s as easy as writing a simple unit file which exposed the underlying JS code, and then linking to that code so it’s compiled into your project. Isolating this in packages and writing register code for it is also a very simple task.
Well, i hope you enjoyed reading about the plans for Smart Mobile Studio in the future. I for one cant wait to get cracking on the cloud infrastructure and get single-click deployment to Amazon implemented in the IDE. That is going to be a game changer, no doubt about it.
So I wish you a merry xmas and a happy new year!