As developers, we spend countless hours researching best practices to build engaging software. Often we find ourselves implementing the same repetitive functionality to wire our frontend to our backend. We’ve become accustomed to partaking in complicated design patterns to help separate logic from presentation, forcing the browser to play the role of a dumb terminal. While the Web 2.0 movement has unshackled the web browser from that awful fate, accessing our server side logic remains mostly unchanged. Ext.Direct aims to solve this issue in Ext JS applications by providing a single communication point with the server-side.
The Ext Team is proud to announce the release of Ext JS 3.0 RC1.1 available for immediate download. This new version of the Ext framework is the culmination of many long hours of dedication by the Ext Team. We appreciate our community of testers and supporters whom have made the stability of this release possible. Ext 3.0 is another leap forward providing increased performance, consistency, flexibility and UI enhancements to make you more productive.
In collaboration with Adobe, Ext is releasing several new enhancements to the Ext.air package today. These include improvements to existing classes responsible for Sounds, Windowing and Database as well as new classes responsible for Notification, Clipboard and File System Interaction. We have also added new samples demonstrating how to use these new features. One of these examples is ExtPlayer, a simple MP3 player, that leverages the new Ext.air.MusicPlayer and Ext.air.Notify classes. You can install ExtPlayer or download the source.
Marketo was an early adopter of Ext, and has steadily been expanding and improving their marketing automation application over time. With a new version rolling out that has been converted from the ground up to use Ext 2.0, Marketo is looking better than ever. We spoke with the team to learn more about their app and how they are using Ext.
We love to see all the different types of applications developed using Ext. SingleHop has developed LEAP, a server management application that gives the end user significant power over administering their remote servers via the web. I recently spoke with Dan Ushman, a co-founder of SingleHop, to get the scoop on LEAP and find out more about how they used Ext.
Last week I had the pleasure to sit down with the team at Red Sun Systems to have a demo of VersoChat, their website chat management application. VersoChat is an existing application, but they have recently retooled the user interface from the ground up using Ext 2.0 and are launching the new version this week.
One thing we plan to do more often is focus on how Ext is being implemented by real companies doing real business. Jama Software’s flagship product Contour is easily one of the most sophisticated and visually polished Ext applications we’ve seen yet. We decided to find out more about Contour, so we interviewed the team to learn more about their experience using Ext.
Adobe recently held a contest called the Adobe AIR Derby, an international competition open to software and web application developers to showcase their skill in using Adobe AIR Beta software. Contestants were able to submit their entries to different application categories and were judged on originality, visual design and appeal, usability, and application of Adobe AIR functionality in the following categories: best business application, best community application, and wild card.
Ext developer Yuki Naotori of Tokyo was the first place winner in Sun Microsystems’ Japan Mashup Award 3rd contest. His winning application, ONGMAP.com, is a geo mashup that collects a vast range of information about what is at a given location and makes it easily locatable on a map of the world.
“If you look at ONGMAP.COM, you can easily notice it owes a lot to Ext (and if you look into its source code, you can easily notice that I’m not a professional programmer…, but, I did win the award thanks to Ext’s powerful and easy to use framework)”