Happy New Year!
By: Shaun Walker
As we begin 2024, it is a good time to reflect on the significant events from last year, and set some goals for the coming year.2023 was a huge success for Oqtane. The open source project nearly doubled its development velocity over 2022, publishing 15 releases comprised of over 1300 commits, 600 pull requests, and attracting 10 new contributors. The framework successfully transitioned through multiple major platform upgrades from .NET 6, to .NET 7, and then to .NET 8. In addition, a commercial Marketplace was launched for Oqtane providing the ability for developers to build and sell extensions.
The plan for 2024 is to capitalize on this momentum. Q1 will see the integration of the new Static Server-Side Rendering (SSR) capability introduced by Microsoft in .NET 8. The will pave the way for some scale-out enhancements which will be targeted for Q2. In addition, there will be a great deal of focus on how to improve and streamline the installation story for both developers and end users. A commercial support license will also be made available in early 2024 for those users who need the assurance of a service level agreement (SLA) for their Oqtane software installation.
Based on the fact that Microsoft has dropped many hints in 2023 that all roads for future development lead to Blazor, it seems that Oqtane is uniquely positioned as the most mature and capable open source framework in the .NET ecosystem. As a result, I am looking forward to a year of tremendous growth and adoption for the Oqtane project in 2024.