Last year around this time, Issac Roth, one of StrongLoop’s founders and its Chief Product Officer, made some predictions for 2015. How did he do? We present his predictions below, as well as a look at how accurate they were.
Node core governance stabilizing.
HIT! With the creation of the Node.js Foundation, Node core is in good hands. Both IBM and StrongLoop are part of the foundation, whose mission is “to enable widespread adoption and help accelerate development of Node.js and other related modules through an open governance model that encourages participation, technical contribution, and a framework for long-term stewardship by an ecosystem invested in Node.js’ success.”
Node v0.12 will finally release and the pace of new innovations in Node core will increase.
HIT! Node v0.12 arrived in February of 2015. And in October, the Node.js project released the first unified iojs/node version with 4.0.0! Future development will continue at a very regular pace. You can see the plan for that on the LTS Github repository. If you were at Node Interactive earlier this month you probably heard about the massive increase in node activity. npm by the numbers displayed a staggering 1,800,000 install events every day.
Generators will go mainstream in Node.
StrongLoop will announce new partnerships with major enterprise vendors.
HIT! We’ve continued to build strategic relationships. We worked with CA Technologies to bring you an eight-part Node.js webinar series in April. And, of course, our big news was the acquisition of StrongLoop by IBM in September 2015.
Investors will fund more Node-based businesses and one or more successful Node companies will be acquired.
HIT! GoDaddy acquired Nodejitsu in February of 2015, npm Inc. became its own entity, and IBM purchased StrongLoop.
Demand for Node jobs will more than double.
HIT! LinkedIn lists more than twice as many jobs for those with Node.js skills, compared with last year.
IoT and m-Commerce will continue their accelerating growth rate with Node emerging as the go-to framework for new APIs and integrations.
New Node solutions will be brought to market by IT mega-vendors such as CA, IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, SAP, and Amazon.
HIT! There were several solutions brought forward, such as Bluemix adding Node support, Microsoft adding it in their Code IDE, and seeing Node demonstrated on Chakra.
Issac’s final prediction was that “2015 is going to be another great year for Node”. Like the vast majority of his other predictions, he nailed that one as well – and the best is yet to come!
Wondering what we anticipate for the coming year? We’ll share our predictions for 2016 in January, so stay tuned!