Since the first major Dojo release last year, we have been working to refine the features and patterns to make Dojo an even more efficient framework for building applications with TypeScript and modern web APIs.
In a world of semantic versioning where even minor breaking changes require a new version number, it is challenging to know when a new version is substantial. Today, we’re excited to announce version 6, our most ambitious set of improvements since the Dojo 2.0 release.
Version 6 of Dojo brings many new features and changes to substantially improve the development experience by reducing boilerplate, increasing flexibility, and further improving performance.
Developer ergonomics, efficient source code, consistent and flexible architecture, interoperability and alignment with modern standards, and strong community support are fundamental reasons for choosing a framework. We’re constantly looking for ways to improve Dojo and provide the community with the best possible modern framework.
Within the past few years, new features get added to browsers at breakneck speed. The time between proposal and standardization has dropped from years to months, and browser vendors are eager to maintain similar turnaround times for implementing new standards. In many ways, it has never been a better time to be a web developer.
Networks, on the other hand, are neither universally reliable nor universally performant. As developers, we have a responsibility to ensure our users do not suffer from our technical decisions. One step we can take against this is by delivering our application using Progressive Web Applications (PWA) technologies which are resilient to network issues.
We're pleased to announce Dojo 2 release candidate 1 is now available!
We first started brainstorming ideas for Dojo 2 back in 2010. While development of Dojo 2 did not take quite as long as Diablo 3 or Duke Nukem Forever, we followed a very deliberate journey. Conceived initially as a modern clean-up for Dojo 1.x, with the introduction of ES6, TypeScript, web components, and an array of other features, we realized we wanted to take a different path and create an approach to building modern apps that would not just be a slight clean-up of Dojo 1 or a clone of other current frameworks, but a productive and efficient development experience and front-end architecture.
Dojo is a modern, reactive framework authored with ES2017 and TypeScript, and optimized with the needs of enterprise application development in mind.
With a focus on leveraging cutting edge standards such as web components and intersection observers, as well as emerging patterns like CSS modules, progressive web apps, and the virtual DOM, Dojo provides an excellent experience for engineers and end users.
Dojo’s out-of-the-box experience takes under a minute to get started and provides a variety of features including user interface widgets backed by powerful and flexible internationalization and accessibility options. Intent on avoiding framework lock-in, its robust architectural flexibility and its support for modern standards makes Dojo a strong contender for enterprise development teams.
The latest beta 4 release has several significant changes and updates from earlier versions. Here we highlight the current state of Dojo 2, as well as emphasize the recent changes and additions in beta 4.
Dojo 2 is the most substantial rethink to the Dojo Toolkit in ten years. As it nears Beta status for the majority of its modules, quite a bit has changed these past few months as it has evolved into a powerful solution for building enterprise applications.
Dojo 2 is a next generation framework authored to emphasize:
Efficiency. Code structure and developer ergonomics have been challenged at every turn resulting in impeccable code quality.
Longevity. Sustainable code that will last and adapt as the platform changes is a key consideration for large-scale development projects.
Modularity. Designed as a collection of packages that may be used independently or cooperatively, allowing for development flexibility.
Focus. The focus is enterprise-driven, highlighting scalability as well as powerful, built-in features including support for large data sets, a11y and i18n.