Following the exciting news that the Ionic Framework v4 release candidate has shipped, we’re releasing a new developer guide: Your First Ionic v4 App.

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We’re thrilled to announce that the release candidate for Ionic 4.0 (codenamed “Neutronium”) has shipped!

This release brings many performance improvements and bug fixes for issues in our alpha and beta releases, along with (and most importantly) stabilizing the API and paving the way for the final version of 4.0, expected in early 2019.

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Earlier this week, many Android/Google/Firebase libraries were unpublished from JCenter, causing any builds that depended on these libraries to fail across the board.

This impacted a number of community members and Ionic users. But, thanks to the quick efforts of our team, anyone using Ionic Appflow was safeguarded. We were able to find a workaround for the issue and automatically patch builds on the fly to restore service to our customers using Ionic Package, a cloud build service that is part of Ionic Appflow, until Google resolved the issue.

In the last few months, we’ve experimented with providing more of these patches for issues, like availability of dependencies and npm outages, and intend to do this more in the future to add even more value for our users.

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Last week, the web community was shocked to hear rumors that Microsoft’s Edge Browser would be adopting a new engine based on Chromium. Though just rumors at first, Microsoft has come forward and confirmed that it is indeed going to be rebuilding Edge with Chromium.

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Something we don’t talk enough about at Ionic is how important it is that Ionic is 100% focused on standard web technology. Some thoughts on why that matters:

To sum it up:

By being based on standard web technology, Ionic (and Ionic 4 in particular):

  • Will run for decades to come as web standards endure for a long time
  • Doesn’t require making a major bet on a new, unproven platform because it’s based on sound, stable web standards
  • Can be used by any web developer with standard web development skills
  • Works on mobile, installed desktop, and the web (Progressive Web Apps anyone?) with full code “sharing” because you’re just targeting the web platform!
  • Can take advantage of major new distribution channels such as Progressive Web Apps that are transforming businesses
  • Will work with all existing web libraries, frameworks, and widgets, preventing your team from being siloed off from the largest platform of shared libraries and utilities in the world.

So, yea, we’re pretty proud of being the Web Native leader and with our latest efforts to move Ionic Framework to Web Components, our investment in the web is just getting started.

Whether you’re a lead engineer, an architect, or the head of application development, when you commit to a development stack, you’re putting a lot on the line. Time, people, money, and maybe even your reputation.

Choosing one development approach over another is not just about your personal preference–it’s about risk.

When considering Ionic for a new development initiative, for example, you might ask…

  • Will I be able to access all the native features I need?
  • Will it work on the platforms I care about?
  • Will it integrate with my legacy systems and backend services?
  • Will I have to migrate my entire project when a new version comes out?
  • Do my people have the skill set to execute on this? Will they enjoy it?

Given the enormous pressure put on app development teams to pick the right solution, we understand the need for more than just a casual assurance that Ionic will work for you. That’s why we’re introducing our latest product built for the enterprise, with stability and security in mind.

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If you’re building apps in an enterprise environment, you’ve probably experienced the growing divide between the number of mobile use cases identified for development, and the capacity of the development team to deliver. Some teams have as many as 50-60 apps waiting for development.

Of course, a big selling point of Ionic is that we help you build apps faster: Write once, run anywhere, using common web languages that you already know and love. But, we know there’s more to it than that.

No matter how skilled you might be, it can still feel like you spend half your time paging back and forth between your code editor and the developer docs, asking yourself: Which component should I use? What’s the right syntax? Where does that header go? And so on… Not to mention stuff like managing plugins or figuring out how to integrate with a new backend service.

Well, I’m happy to announce that the team at Ionic has just introduced a new solution, Ionic Studio, designed to take all that extra stuff off your plate so you tackle your app backlog while we take care of the rest.

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Like most dev teams, you’re probably on some form of an agile cadence, releasing working versions of your code every 1-2 weeks. In fact, most teams have it down pretty well by now: Backlog grooming, thorough sprint planning, velocity reviews and retros—the whole nine yards.

But, how often are you actually shipping these updates to users? And more than that, how much strain and pressure does this actually put on your team?

If you’re like 50 percent* of large enterprises, you’re likely shipping code four times per year or less. So while most of us are completing new features and bug fixes every few weeks, the actual process of packaging up all those updates into a new native build, submitting the updated binary to the app stores for approval, and getting users to download and start benefiting from the new code is often measured in months or quarters.

What this means is that despite working in sprints or having an agile team approach: It’s not enough. For your users to really feel the impact of your updates, you should be shipping new features and fixes at the same rate your team is developing them.

At Ionic, we’ve been thinking about this a lot.

Just like any development team, we appreciate truly agile processes that allow us to more easily provide users with the experiences they crave. That’s why we revamped our latest product with a DevOps philosophy in mind to better enable teams to make changes and ship updates at the speed of development—without having to be a DevOps expert.

Introducing Ionic Appflow

With that said, we’re incredibly excited to introduce a new product for Ionic developers: Ionic Appflow. 🎉

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Put simply, Appflow is a DevOps solution for businesses building apps with Ionic. It helps teams increase agility, app quality, and time-to-market by automating key phases of the development lifecycle.

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👋 if you’re new here, Capacitor is the latest project from the team behind Ionic Framework that provides an abstraction on top of Native SDKs so you can write modern web apps and access any Native SDK through a cross-platform, portable layer. Capacitor apps work on iOS, Android, Electron, and the web as a PWA.

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Last week, we gave the first official preview of Vue support for Ionic Framework at VueConf Toronto. Our very own Josh Thomas (@jthoms1) shared some insight into the first alpha release of @ionic/vue and why we think Vue + Ionic Framework makes a perfect match for developers. But before we dive into the nitty-gritty of it all, it’s important to first understand the history of Ionic Framework and Vue.

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