I hope telerik is trying to get an external view on this new release and through the glasses of regular folks.
I definitely agree. In fact, several weeks ago I wrote a blog post entitled Engaging Beyond Developers that echoed your sentiment. Part of this process is expanding our view of the audiences that will engage with our tools.
Programmers often divide the world into 2 groups, smart technical people and AOL users. :) I'm somewhat joking, but I know I've been guilty of these simplistic generalizations in the past. As technology has become more crucial to businesses we're seeing many more diverse & specialized audiences engage with these tools.
So, it isn't just a matter of considering developers vs. regular folks. Instead we need to consider the entire spectrum of specialized audiences: Developers, Marketing, Managers, Editors, Sales, etc. These are audiences with specialized skills, specialized needs and specialized goals. With Sitefinity 4.0 we need to consider these audiences and streamline these processes.
Now, all this being said, I'm very interested in your post and perspective. Are you seeing specific decisions in the UI that would suggest that we are concentrating too much on developers? You're correct that [internally] we've been looking at this UI for months. Most of us are numb to it. It happens... Your fresh perspective is important!
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