Happy New Year! We're very excited about 2016 and have a lot of cool products and innovative development tricks planned for the new year, but before we get into all of that, let's take a few minutes for a fast look back at that year that was through the lens of three of our favorite technologies from the year: containerization, Ionic, and Swift 2.0.
Containerization has gained a lot more traction in 2015 and Docker now has some serious competition in the space in the form of CoreOS's Rocket. We've seen a lot of success using Dokku, a Docker powered open-source 'PAAS in a box' that allows us to deploy our own PAAS platform complete with Git powered deployment capabilities.
Thanks to the BYOD trend that only gained even more steam in 2015, enterprises of all sizes are increasingly standardizing on HTML5 / Cordova-powered mobile apps. Cordova, as full featured as it is, left a bit to be desired in terms of application architecture. Ionic embraces the best elements of Cordova and uses AngularJS to make writing maintainable and well structured code more feasible than with standard Cordova apps; it also has some useful pre-built and intelligently cross-platform widgets that are implemented via CSS classes.
Swift has quickly exploded on the scene in terms of developer hype but it was in 2015 when it started to make since to use in production development with the release and open-sourcing of Swift 2.0. At this point, it makes sense to focus any new native iOS or Mac OS X development projects using Swift. There's also multiple efforts to bring Swift to the server that are interesting but probably won't be ready for serious use until later in 2016 or 2017.
There's a lot of other interesting things that happened in 2015 and we had a hard time narrowing down our list but ultimately it came down to what technologies ended up being the most commonly used at Buccaneer -- Meteor was a close runner up for this list and we're expecting it to be a major player for us in 2016. Let us know on Twitter what your top technologies of the year were!