With the entrance of several new web technologies in the application development market, and the standardization of ECMAScript 5 and HTML5 as well as the introduction of TypeScript and the AngularJS framework, the Wijmo development team saw the opportunity to create a library of controls that delivered the same power and flexibility developers were accustomed to in other platforms. “We wanted the controls in Wijmo 5 to leverage HTML5’s promise of running everywhere, therefore the Wijmo 5 controls were designed to work well on mobile/touch devices as well as on desktop machines,” said Bannon.
For developers who have been following TypeScript, a free and open source programming language developed and maintained by Microsoft, Wijmo 5 provides all the benefits of object oriented programming. Written in TypeScript, Wijmo 5 complies to ECMAScript 5, which runs on all modern browsers. “TypeScript provides static error checking, which drastically speeds up development and improves product quality,” said Bannon.
The collection of controls in Wijmo 5 range from Input controls, to Data Visualization controls, to the famous FlexGrid control. According to Bannon, Wijmo 5 controls are dramatically smaller and faster. They also have richer, easier to use object models than other controls on the market. Bannon demonstrates during the product launch event, that the company’s benchmarks show that Wijmo 5 is faster and has better functionality than other products that it may be compared to.