Foundry v1 now available
Well that took a lot longer than we expected! We’ve been working on this release since December, but Foundry version 1.0 is now available. In addition to a whole bunch of stability and usability improvements, this release adds the new Collaboration feature and introduces the Studio module.
Collaboration allows a Foundry application to be linked with a source code repository (like GitHub), providing the ability to share and edit the source code of your project back and forth between Foundry, Studio and your preferred Java development environment (like Eclipse or IntelliJ).
The diagram below illustrates our plan for supporting different levels of users who can now be involved in creating an application:
This opens up Foundry to manage and deploy as simple - or as complex applications as you can dream up. Business users can now use Foundry to create the full domain for their application, then work in concert with a development team to implement any business logic.
The Studio module in Foundry takes advantage of the Skyve platform power user interface and is our first iteration of a cloud IDE. Although it is read-only at the moment (saving is turning out to be harder than it seems), you are able to explore almost every property of the entire low-code model. This will be rolled out to all users in the next week or two, but below are some screenshots to give you an idea.
Our plan is for Studio to extend the functionality available in Foundry to allow view editing, menu manipulation and simple business logic to be implemented.
Our short term plans include enabling billing for a few customers and transitioning their applications onto private Foundry hosts. Contact us if you would like to be an early adopter and included in the trial.
After that will be to complete Studio to allow applications to be modified from Foundry, Studio or in code via collaboration. After that we have lots of existing features planned such as the ability to include pre-built modules to your applications, new React and React Native user interfaces. See our extended roadmap for more details.
Lastly I’d like to thank those of you who have tried out Foundry and given us feedback on Slack or via email, we love hearing from you and have been incorporating your changes where possible.