Twitter made waves among the developer community when it announced its Fabric mobile development platform in October 2014. And now, the social networking giant has unveiled a new Fabric dashboard to help developers analyze, evaluate and improve their apps consistently.
The Fabric mission control dashboard provides developers with "the pulse of all [of their] apps on a single, intuitive dashboard," according to Twitter Product Manager Meekal Bajaj.
Mission control enables Fabric developers to see how their apps are performing and discover critical app issues faster than ever before. It even allows developers to decide which apps they want to evaluate and in which order, giving developers the flexibility to monitor and review apps however they choose.
"We let developers quickly zoom in on things that need their attention on Fabric," Bajaj told FierceDeveloper.
Mission control offers immediate value for Fabric developers because it makes it easier for them to identify and resolve app issues. And in the long run, the dashboard will empower Fabric developers to create and deploy better apps.
However, it remains to be seen whether mission control will lead more developers to Fabric.
Many developers have questioned the terms of Twitter's application programming interface (API) in the past. In fact, these guidelines have forced some apps that provide services that replicate Twitter's offerings to become "roadkill."
As such, Twitter likely has plenty of work ahead if it hopes to forge long-lasting partnerships with the developer community. But the company certainly appears to be on the road to redemption.
"Over just the past two months, we have doubled down on game development with Fabric for Unity, improved developer productivity with fastlane, made our market-leading crash reporting and analytics products even more powerful and launched the Fabric mobile app to give developers a real-time overview of their app's health on the go," Bajaj noted.
Developers represent one of the top priorities for Twitter, and the company will continue to explore ways to garner interest from developers worldwide.
"Twitter is strongly committed to investing in developers and we see Fabric as core to our efforts to help developers build, grow and make money with their apps," Bajaj said. "We will continue listening to our developer community to ensure we are providing them with the best tools to create amazing app experiences and build thriving businesses." -- Dan