We understand you make a bet on us when you choose Corona SDK.
Every now and then, there are some questions on the forum about certain aspects of the company. That’s why I want to give you the facts on where the company is right now.
No hype. No superlatives. Just the facts.
Today, the team is the biggest it’s ever been: A year ago we were 11. Today we are 18.
For the engineering team, we started with 1 engineer (yours truly). Today, we have 12 engineers. That’s 3 times as large as the original engineering team.
Boy, it sure feels good not to be coding by myself anymore!
Over the last year, we’ve made thousands of code checkins.
Here’s just a tiny list of features we’ve added during that time:
- Android parity such as in-app purchase, local notifications, map views, web views, …
- iOS features like remote push notification, web/video views, Game Center, …
- New Lua libraries like LuaFileSystem and LPEG.
In addition, we’ve made sure Corona works great not only on important OS updates like iOS 6, Android 4.x, and Mac OS X 10.8, but also on the flood of devices that came out this year:
- iPhone 5
- iPad Mini
- Kindle Fire
- Kindle Fire HD
- Nexus 7
- NOOK HD
- NOOK HD+
Now these aren’t traditional features, but there’s certainly a lot of work to make sure your Corona apps work seamlessly on these devices.
We’re very proud that we’ve consistently been the first to have actual shipping support for these devices. In the case of iOS 6, for example, we were at least a month ahead of everyone else.
As I mentioned on Monday, Project Gluon is going to make a dramatic difference for us.
We’ll be able to focus on more features, while simultaneously offering more 3rd party services (ad networks, monetization, etc) that all of you will be able to incorporate into your apps.
And of course, with Corona Cloud, we’ll take care of another set of headaches for you!
We are doing more for the community today than we ever did. Looking back even just a year, I’m amazed at how much more we do.
Every week, Alex updates, fixes, or improves our documentation based on feedback you submit (the “Love it. Like it. Hate it.” form). When you leave us an e-mail in the docs feedback form, we now notify you when we’ve addressed them.
Based on a quick survey of recent forum activity, it’s also clear that we’re more responsive on the forums. I’ve seen both Brent and Rob quickly answer your questions and issues. More importantly, I see that their responses consistently provide good advice and/or lead towards a concrete resolution.
You may have also noticed recently that we have renewed our focus on putting out weekly tutorials. Based on your comments, I think it’s fair to say these are some of the highest quality tutorials we’ve ever done.
That’s just a sample of stuff that we are doing. There’s also a lot of cool things that you all are doing. Just one example is the Big Corona Meetup that our Corona Ambassadors put together. And if you missed it, the whole 6 hour extravaganza is captured on video.
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As I think back to the beginning of Corona, I remember a lot of nights like the one I described earlier this year.
We’ve come an incredibly long way since then, but one thing hasn’t changed: my commitment to you and the Corona community. It’s as strong today as the first day I sat down to write version 1.0 of Corona.