Servoy Release Policy update

It has been approximately 8 months since Servoy 7 .0 was released, which brought us the Servoy Mobile Client. Since that release we’ve adopted a quicker release cycle, which so far has resulted in the release of Servoy 7.0.1, 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3.

Our goal with the faster release cycle is to bring new features, bug fixes and improvements to you, our customers in a more agile fashion. It is also a logical result of adopting the Agile Development approach over 2 years ago throughout our organization.

The faster release cycle has changed  our policy with regards to supported versions and maintenance releases slightly. As before, Servoy still actively supports 2 previous versions besides the latest. Currently those versions are:

  • Servoy 5.2.x
  • Servoy 6.0.x
  • Servoy 7.x

As the Servoy 7.x branch can be considered Servoy 6.1 + Servoy Mobile, we hereby announce that the 6.1 branch will be merged into the 7.x branch as of November 8th 2013. This means that from that day onward, existing installations of the Servoy Application Server 6.1.x or Servoy Developer 6.1.x can be upgraded to Servoy 7.3 through the auto-update mechanism and the 6.1.x branch will be archived.
For the Servoy 7.x branch, the supported version is always the latest release, currently 7.3. Maintenance releases on the supported 7.x release will only be provided in case of blocking issues in production environments.

With more and more rapid releases, there is the obvious need to even more tightly control the quality of the releases. To assure this we’ve:

  • launched our Beta Customer Program
    The Beta Customer Program is for customers that have formal testing procedures in place for their Servoy Solutions. Member of the Beta Customer Program get advanced notice of upcoming releases, in order to anticipate in their planning for the time needed to execute their test suite against the upcoming release candidate. To join the Beta Customer Program please contact your Servoy sales representative or email sales@servoy.com
  • changed our release procedure to always provide at least a public Release Candidate 2 weeks prior to the planned release
  • intermediate builds available on request
    Besides official alpha, beta, release candidates and final releases, is is possible to request so-called intermediate builds. This is build based on the latest code in a certain branch, with a big disclaimer that the build has not gone through our full Q&A cycle. To request an intermediate build, please contact your sales representative or email sales@servoy.com
    Note: our goal is to automatically provide intermediate builds at regular intervals, but at this moment we don’t have an ETA for that.
  • extended support for automated testing
    Servoy has had UnitTesting support in the IDE for many year, including support for running the UnitTests automatically on a build server each time a change was made to the codebase of a solution.
    Over the last few months we switched to Jenkins instead of CruiseControl for Continuous Build integration, which takes care of automatically running of all UnitTests when changes are mode to the codebase.
    Additionally, support was added to perform UI Tests in both the Smart and Web Client and currently work is underway to add UI Testing support for the Mobile Client. Next step after that is integration of the UI tests into the Continuous Build integration.
    For the latest documentation on Automated Testing support, see our Automated Testing Guide

Through these initiatives we solicit the Servoy Community to actively participate in helping us test upcoming versions to make them rock solid releases.

Paul Bakker
Product Manager

Special Webinar: Open Source Servoy & PostgreSQL – June 10

In this webinar, Servoy will be joined by one of the foremost PostgreSQL consulting firms in the world: PostgreSQL Experts, Inc. Josh Berkus, PostgreSQL Experts, Inc CEO, will be presenting along with Jan Aleman, Servoy CEO. Josh has been a member of the PostgreSQL Core Team since 2003 and has been working as a database consultant since 1998.

Here are the key points that will be discussed:

  • Why Servoy chose PostgreSQL in the open source version
  • Why PostgreSQL is the best open source database
  • Servoy and PostgreSQL
  • Pgadmin overview
  • Migrating your data
  • Q&A

Register now for this webinar.

Jan Aleman Quoted in SD TIMES Article

Jan Aleman discusses escrow in a recent SD TIMES article.

An excerpt:

But when a successful SaaS provider is acquired by a larger company, the results can also cause software or services to vanish.

Jan Aleman, CEO of SaaS provider Servoy, said that “if you have 100 customers paying US$5 a month for the product, then you’re in a different situation. Whoever is cleaning up the leftovers may say, ‘This revenue stream is so low, we’ll let it collapse and be done with it.’”

Servoy CEO Jan Aleman on “This Week in Cloud Computing” Tomorrow

Please join Servoy CEO, Jan Aleman, Wed., March 31 @ 3pm PST for “This Week in Cloud Computing.”

“This Week in Cloud Computing” airs LIVE every Wednesday at 3pm PST/6pm EST with Hosts Amanda Coolong and Mark Jeffrey. TWICC is an informative weekly series all about the hot new trend towards abstracting and virtualizing computing resources with a rotating panel of experts. For more information, please click here.

Update: you can now watch the recorded show.

Servoy 5.1 Featured in eWEEK

eWEEK has posted a Servoy 5.1 new product announcement online:

http://labs.eweek.com/product/servoy-5-1/

More from the article:

“Servoy is an award-winning hybrid platform to help build and deploy applications much faster than traditional development environments. As a hybrid platform, applications can be deployed both in the new SaaS model, as well as in the classic on premises model from the same code base.”

The announcement will run in an April print edition of the publication, and was one of the first product announcements showcased on its new beta labs site. The site, which Ziff Davis intends as an online community for IT professionals, mixes the product reviews of analysts with reviews from enterprise IT professionals.

Servoy Special Webinar: Servoy for Delphi ISVs – April 21

This is an informative one-hour webinar that gives Delphi developers an excellent overview of what Servoy is and how they could benefit from using Servoy.

Based on developers that added Servoy to their tool belt, the following questions will be addressed:

– Why did they consider Servoy?
– Why did they migrate?
– How many resources did it take?
– Was it worth the effort?
– What long-term impact did it have on their top-line and bottom-line?
– What kind of support did they get from their vendor?
– Is there a good time for a rewrite?
– And much more…

To attend this event, all you need is a web browser and a telephone or VoIP. Make sure to register as soon as possible if you plan to attend.

Register now for this webinar.

Jan Aleman, CEO, Servoy to Speak at Cloud Slam 2010

Jan Aleman, CEO, Servoy will be speaking on “Hybrid Cloud – The Green Future” at the Cloud Slam Computing Conference 2010, Thurs., March 25 at 7:15a ET/10:15a PT.

The Cloud Slam Conference is global cloud computing event, covering latest trends and innovations in the world of cloud computing. Conference panels, workshops, and tutorials are selected to cover a range of the hottest topics in cloud computing.

To learn more and register for this virtual conference, please click here.

Flow360 Uses Servoy to Develop and Deploy Facilities and Asset Management Application

Flow360 is one of a new breed of web-based services and collaboration tools. It is designed to make the process of managing and maintaining buildings, sites and their assets as streamlined and transparent as possible. Offering ease of information exchange between stakeholders within facilities management and asset maintenance partnerships, Flow360 is a cost-effective vehicle for storing, accessing and sharing integrated information to support value-for-money service delivery.

To read the entire success story, please click here.