It has been a successful year for Episerver with ongoing platform developments, acquisitions, open source modules being released and developer meet ups taking place across the world. These all contributed to an exciting 2016 and an even more exciting 2017 ahead. This post is a quick write up to try and summarise some of the highlights from 2016 in Episerver.
- The very first Episerver developer meet up in Serbia took place, kindly set up by Marija Jemuovic.
- Episerver World started the year strongly with around 30763 registered members. The first blog of 2016 was from EMVP Khurram Khan talking about web hook integration with Episerver.
- Several new EMVPs were added to the list showing how Episerver recognises it's growing number of passionate experts.
- From Episerver’s side the new projects feature was gaining popularity and was featured on the CMS blog on the Episerver World homepage.
- The Stockholm Episerver developer meet up took place.
- The Winter 2016 release added some new features to the new commerce discount engine and added compatibility for Episerver 9 for many add ons.
- One of the most exciting announcements was the removal of the beta flag from Episerver Forms. This replaced the legacy xforms implementation with a modern, extensible forms engine and set the foundation for further Episerver Forms development throughout the year.
- The London, Haarlem and Chicago Episerver developer meet ups took place.
- In the world of open source EMVP Valdis Iljuconoks released the first version of the awesome Episerver Database Localisation Provider. Put simply this moves the storage of your language translations previously held in XML files into the database and also comes with an edit UI, migration tools and import/export capabilities. If you are localising your Episerver sites this tool is certainly worth a look.
- The Episerver developer meet ups in Malmö and Helsinki took place.
- Episerver got a new notification system and the accompanying API to go with it. Most notably the projects feature makes use of the notifications API to show instant notifications when users collaborate around a project.
- Episerver Forms continued to evolve with lots of great new features. Several blogs were posted to discuss how to extend and work with Episerver Forms. A nice example was EMVP Alf Nilsson’s post on Where to Integrate With Episerver Forms. The analytics around my own post on Building out a custom form element with the new Episerver forms seems to suggest that many developers are working with and extending the new Episerver Forms too.
- The Chicago, Serbia, Haarlem and Gothenburg Episerver developer meet ups took place.
- The rapid evolution of Episerver Forms continued with the release of version 3.0.
- In the community EMVP Chris Osterhout and published a useful blog on 6 Critical Steps to Complete Before Launching Your New Website. A useful set of advice no matter what your platform of choice is.
- The power of the community is key in EMVP Arild Henrichsen’s post on 5 awesome Episerver UI improvements from the developer community.
- The Manchester Episerver developer meet up took place.
- The new Episerver promotions engine in commerce comes out of beta. This is a much improved, code first promotions engine for Episerver Commerce.
- Normally a quiet month due to vacations, this didn't stop Episerver announcing the acquisition of Peerius. This became Episerver Personalisation and added some significant one to one personalisation capabilities to the Episerver platform with many more exciting capabilities to come.
- Alloy Demo kit was open sourced. Alloy demo kit can be used by Episerver Solution Architects and partner Solution Architects for demos and building proof of concepts.
- The Helsinki, London and Serbia developers meet ups took place.
- One of the longest standing EMVP Ted Nyberg released a Custom Markdown Editor for String properties in Episerver. Perhaps this hints at a future of rich editors for Episerver?
- EMVP Jon Jones shared a gentle introduction to Episerver Digital Experience Cloud Service (DXC Service).
- The Oslo Episerver developers meet up took place.
- A second acquisition for the year was added to the Episerver product suite as Episerver went on to buy Optivo. As a result Episerver Campaign was added to further enhance the Episerver product suite.
- Adding to the excitement in October was the release of the Episerver 10 platform. This was an epic release covering all products in the Episerver suite including CMS, Commerce, Find and Forms.
- Adding to the Episerver 10 goodness came the brand new Episerver A/B testing feature. This added integrated A/B testing right into the publishing flow.
- The New York and Stockholm Episerver developer meet ups took place.
- Episerver held it's annual Ascend Nordics and Ascend Europe events bringing together 1000's of Episerver customers, partners and developers to network, chat and see the best of what's happening in Episerver.
- Coming hot on the heels of Episerver 10 was the first beta of brand new content approvals feature. This is a new feature to superceed the legacy workflows and gave users a simple and easy way to define, interact with and approve content using content approvals.
- Episerver World also got spruced up with a new responsive layout and transitions to use the new Episerver Social APIs.
- The Chicago and Stockholm Episerver developer meet ups took place.
- Traditionally a time for software development to slow down. Episerver even found some time during the festive break to squeeze in a release adding a new cart system to Episerver Commerce with significantly improved performance helping Episerver Commerce scale even further.
- Some new capabilities were also added to the content approvals feature adding instant notifications feature.
- At the time of writing Episerver World had 35663 members adding over 4000 new Episerver developers to the community in the past year alone which shows the growth and strength of the Episerver community.
It looks like 2017 is going to be a hugely exciting year. Ascend USA is in Feburary and there are some exciting developments in the pipeline across the entire Episerver suite. Episerver feels like a exicting place to be for customers and partners!
I am an Episerver employee but also a committed member of the Episerver community. This post was composed of wholly public knowledge and no secrets were shared in the making of it!
Think I missed something? Is there a killer feature thats rocked your year or blog that you can’t live without? Let me know in the comments or on @davidknipe and I will update as necessary.