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2023 in Review

Published by Nico Rehwaldt on Wednesday, 24 January 2024.

From custom form components to bpmn-js type declarations and from advancements in intelligent FEEL editing to modeling core UX improvements: 2023 was indeed a busy and fruitful year for the project and our community. Let's take a moment to reflect on our achievements and glimpse into the near future.

Happy new year!

Happy New Year, everyone!

The Year in Features

Early in 2023, we released create/append anything, super-powering technical and domain-specific modelers. If you check out our BPMN toolkit today, you may (or may not) notice improved BPMN support and significant UI and UX improvements.

form-js is still a young library in terms, but oh did it improve! In 2023, it matured into a stable state, framework-wise, featuring extension points for custom form elements. Nowadays, it supports various advanced form design use cases. Thanks, of course, to the many new components and features shipped throughout the year.

A continued focus area across our toolkits is code-base modernization, improved standards compatibility, and ease of use for modeling users and those that embed our tools. Let us examine some noteworthy releases and milestones reached in 2023:

In the larger eco-system, we made significant investments in a couple of areas:

  • We expanded our FEEL editor tooling to empower technical usage scenarios. What started with an embeddable FEEL editor is now rolled out across our editing toolkits. We expanded FEEL editing to the domain of text templating and added pluggable support for advanced code completion for those who need it.
  • Maintaining the code bases, we completed two significant projects: Migrating our build tools to Node@20 and moving from the master to the main branch. At the same time, we continue our journey to make our code-base future-proof by slowly transitioning to ES modules.
  • We continued to refresh our toolkit UX foundations, adding an optional grid, fine-tuning existing rendering, and refining element selection.
  • We incorporated several new rules to bpmnlint to help our users build understandable BPMN diagrams. Related (and doing the impossible), token simulation can now execute the OR gateway upside down smiley face.

We cut more than 120 releases (more than 60 being actual feature releases) in over 37 libraries. To communicate the new and noteworthy in our eco-system, we published eleven blog posts and sent out numerous tweets and toots.

The Year in Numbers

Similar to previous years, interest in our projects and toolkits increased substantially. More people visited our project website and starred our projects on GitHub. Again, we saw a little drop in forum questions. Has everything been answered (yet)?

Some project statistics

2023 in numbers (with percentages compared to 2022).

Despite tons of new features, the bpmn-js bundle stayed more or less constant—a good sign in our current bloat economy. Roll your own BPMN editor, pick only needed components, and see that number shrink.

The Year as a Collaborative Effort

Over the year, we received a whooping number of 87 community contributions. Noteworthy ones improved our internationalization and accessibility, added or fixed type definitions, or contributed features to extend our BPMN support. But let us not forget the numerous bug reports and smaller fixes folks contributed in 2023.

Today, we are working on with a stable group of seven developers split across two teams. It is an excellent setup to improve our toolkits and support the community in the upcoming year. Head to our about page to learn more about us.

Looking Ahead

Making great BPM tooling available everywhere, for everyone is a mission, not a task on a checklist - it guides us and extends to everything we do. So, what is up next on our path?

For what we can spoil, we will further invest in intelligent editor tooling, both within the modeling and implementation space, with an emphasis on guidance and modeling in domain-specific, reusable building blocks. We will also continue to super-power those acknowledging forms as the language of human task orchestration.

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We hope you had a great 2023, and we'll see you again in 2024! Santa palm tree

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