Before the ending of the year, it is time to think about New Year’s resolutions. The last year was a good one: many new applications have been build on top of BIMserver and a significant number of commercial suppliers provide services for BIMserver. Large and small BIM products use BIMserver at their backend to deal with the IFC data.
Because of this increasing usage type, the type of demands for BIMserver change. Everyone knows BIMserver needs a lot of memory. This is due to the use of the EMF metamodel in the core. There was a constant evaluation between the positive sides of EMF (developer friendly) and the downsides (performance). One of the new year’s resolutions for 2016 is to experiment with a serializer that does not use EMF. This might lead to a new generation of BIMserver releases that do not use EMF anymore.
Another increasing demand we get is the need for a rich and stable query language. BimQL seems to be the most common BIM Query language (and is supported by BIMserver) but has limitations. The commercial use and increasing complexity of applications that use BIMserver as their base, demand query capabilities beyond the current plugins. We’ve always waited for the industry (or academic world) to develop a rich BIM Query language, but time is running out. That is why we decided to remove the Query-plugin type and build one new query language. This will be implemented (native) in the interface as well. Some work on this has already been done (look at the codebase) and we plan to gradually migrate the current API to a new one.
Last but not least: Maven arrives at the scene. We get way too many errors in the support forum caused by incompatible versions of BIMserver and plugins like bimvie.ws or IFC Engine. It is time to use Maven to deal with this in an effective way.
So far our biggest plans for 2016 (and beyond). There are also intentions with smaller implications (remove deprecated code; create database indices; etc.). Have a look at the list on https://github.com/opensourceBIM/BIMserver/wiki/Roadmap
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a great New Year! See you in 2016.