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2016 Recap

Sami Ekblad
Sami Ekblad
On Dec 29, 2016 7:37:00 AM
That’s it folks. We are ready to move this year into the “Done” column. I guess we are all eager to jump ahead to 2017 already, but let’s take the traditional retrospective of 2016 before doing that.

As a company we have continued the steady growth. Our internal chat channel now lists 137 members. This means some 30% growth since last year. In addition there are now over 1k Certified Vaadin Developers around the world. 

A bigger Vaadin team means that we can do more for you. This year, we published 100 articles in the blog, attended over 20 events and had almost 40 speeches in conferences and user groups - including our own Vaadin Dev Days. I guess many of you have participated in some of our tech webinars, but the thing that we really have put more focus on this year are our tutorial videos.  Vaadin YouTube channel is becoming the most popular resource for learning new stuff, with over 1.3 million views this year.


With product releases we did extremely well. Vaadin Core Elements got 6 releases, the framework a full 21 releases and the next major version, Vaadin Framework 8, is already in beta. With renewed simple, Java 8 compatible data APIs, we are expecting a lot from it.

But that is not all that has happened. You in the community seriously overshadowed official release statistics with a total of 107 new add-ons released and close to 1k updates in 2016. Amazing work everyone!

Before closing the year, the last thing I wanted to highlight is the most exciting thing to me and other open source enthusiasts: We are now finally fully in GitHub with all of our projects. Now we can use forks, clones, and pull requests all the way. Truly believe, this makes development much easier and I also hope to see your name added in the contributors list.

See you in 2017!
Sami Ekblad
Sami Ekblad
Sami Ekblad is one of the original members of the Vaadin team. As a DX lead he is now working as a developer advocate, to help people the most out of Vaadin tools. You can find many add-ons and code samples to help you get started with Vaadin. Follow at – @samiekblad
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