Wearable JavaScript

The number of wearable devices sold globally, according to Juniper Research, was around 27 million units in 2014, likely to increase to 127 million units by 2017, along with estimated revenues to exceed $53 billion in 2019. With wearable devices becoming significantly more commonplace in the coming years, there’s a whole new platform on which to develop apps.

For mobile phones and tablets, it’s fairly simple and consistent to develop apps, because the same constants usually apply: the end user has a relatively large touch screen surface, with a soft keyboard, and a powerful webview for rendering the app.

The problem is that there are so many different types of wearable devices (e.g. smart watches, smart glasses, fitness trackers), and there’s a a lot of variation in the types of interfaces used to interact with these devices (e.g. voice interactions, tiny touch screens, light vs. hard touch screen presses, specific hardware buttons, and more), that there is no standard way to develop apps for all wearables.

So many different types of devices

So the question is: how can we easily develop applications for this new emerging market of wearable devices?

Unfortunately, due to the huge variance in devices, their differing levels of capabilities, and the lack of maturity in the market, the answer isn’t so simple. We can start here though: most (but not all) of these devices feature the ability to render web content.

For some wearable devices, it’s simple to develop an app using web technologies. For instance, a basic Sencha Touch app appears to render fine on a Tizen-powered Samsung Gear S device, but the same app can’t be deployed to an Apple Watch due to the complete absence of a webview on that device.

A Sencha Touch app running on a Tizen-powered Samsung Gear S smartwatch

Another screen of the Sencha Touch app

Clearly, web apps are a good place to start when targeting wearable devices, but there are still many questions, and it’s not straightforward right now to develop an app that runs across all wearable devices.

  • How are apps developed and deployed on the various platforms?
  • What kind of APIs are available to developers that choose to target this new and emerging market?
  • What kind of apps can be developed for devices that are very small?
  • What about the devices that don’t offer webviews?

I will be covering a lot of these questions and offering my thoughts in my session at O’Reilly Fluent Conference, San Francisco, April 20-22, 2015.

Wearable JavaScript
Tuesday April 21, 4:30-5:00pm, Salon 12/13/14/15

My session will highlight some ways to start developing web apps for wearable devices, look at the current limitations, available SDKs, the special considerations required for app development on such small devices, and the various capabilities that can be leveraged by using web technologies.

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Sencha Hosts Web Application Development Seminar in Seoul, Korea

Sencha is hosting a seminar in Seoul, Korea on May 16, 2014 &#8211 Sencha Web Application Development for the Enterprise with Mirae Labs.

The conference will focus on HTML5 and the Enterprise. With the proliferation of smartphones and tablets and the emergence of BYOD, organizations need to have a strategy for deploying applications for the web and multiple devices. This conference will help organizations by describing how HTML5 and Sencha solutions, which include frameworks, tools and application delivery platforms, can address these issues.


We will have two presenters at the event:

  • Stefan Stölzle, Sr. Solutions Engineer at Sencha, will talk about Ext JS in the enterprise
  • Jeff Pope, Managing Director at Sencha, will talk about Sencha Space and the issues of BYOD

Event Details:

  • Venue: Ferrum Hall, Ferrum Tower
  • Date: 16 May, 2014
  • Time: 13:30 – 17:40
  • Address: 3rd floor, Ferrum tower, 66 Suha-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul
  • Telephone: 82-2-6353-8989
  • Directions: Exit number 2 of Euljiro 1-ga station, Line 2
  • Registration: http://onoffmix.com/event/26741

If you’ll be in Seoul on May 16, sign up for the event. We look forward to seeing you there.

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Sencha at Interop – Check out the Action

Sencha InteropWe’re excited to make our debut appearance at Interop, one of the premier conferences for IT professionals. We’ll be spreading the word about our managed HTML5 runtime platform Sencha Space.

We are streaming some presentations from our booth on the Expo Floor. Join in the discussion around the future of mobility!

View our Livestream event here (no software or plugins required).

The streaming schedule is as follows:

Presentation #1 (5-10 minutes): Mobility and the Extended Enterprise: Where Enterprise Mobility Solutions Fail

Tuesday, April 1 (PDT) Wednesday, April 2 (PDT)
2pm 11am
4pm 12pm
5pm 2pm
6pm 4pm

Presentation #2 (5-10 minutes): Mobility: Escape From the Short Application Lifespan

Tuesday, April 1 (PDT) Wednesday, April 2 (PDT)
2:30pm 11:30am
4:30pm 1pm
5:30pm 3pm
6:30pm 4:30pm
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Sencha Goes to Las Vegas [for Interop]

Interop Las VegasA few of us Sencha folks will be going to Las Vegas to participate in Interop, a large annual conference focused on IT solutions and professionals. We will be talking to other leaders in enterprise IT about the coming changes we see in mobility application technology, BYOD, and how Sencha Space, our enterprise-grade HTML5 platform, may help to address their needs now and anchor their mobility strategy for years to come.

Although what happens in Vegas usually stays in Vegas, we plan to share our Interop messages directly with our community via a live video stream and will be tweeting frequently about the proceedings. Stay on top of the action by following us on Twitter: @sencha and @nharlow

We will post the details for our live stream here, so check back soon!

Visit us at booth 1761If you plan to be in the Las Vegas area this week between March 31 and April 3, please come visit us in the Expo Hall at the Mandalay Bay, booth 1761!

Register with Discount Code xyilve2238 to save $200 off the current rate on Conference or Total Access Passes or a Free Expo Pass!

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Sencha @ Developer Week With Architect Bootcamp

We will be at the Developer Week conference next week in San Francisco where we will be running a boot camp on Wednesday, February 19th from 9:00am–10:40am. At the boot camp you’ll use Sencha Architect to quickly build a Touch Asset Tracking application. You can still sign up for the bootcamp, so add Sencha to your agenda today.

Here’s a roundup of our recent blog posts about Architect to bring you up to speed:

Architect is a great value as part of Sencha Complete or Touch Bundles, which you can try free for 30 days or buy today.

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

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Join Us for ModUX in Amsterdam Sept. 18-20

ModUX Conference

We’re very excited to announce that Sencha is a platinum sponsor for the ModUX conference September 18–20 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. ModUX is a three-day developers conference dedicated to bringing together thought leaders in the desktop and mobile web industry. Get the latest and the greatest about Sencha frameworks and tools, listen to what experts have to say about the future of desktop and mobile web, and hang out with some awesome developers from companies around the world.

Community-driven Event

ModUX 2013 — organized by Modus Create — includes 18 sessions over two days on topics ranging from advanced Sencha and JavaScript techniques, unit testing, responsive design, and agile best practices. Check out this impressive list of speakers. There’s also a full-day Sencha Touch on BlackBerry 10 Bootcamp, and — of course — an awesome after party.

Learn All About Sencha Space

Join our Sr. Developer Evangelist, Greg Rewis, to learn how to develop apps for Sencha Space, including how to implement the Invoke API to connect web applications with one another. You’ll experience how easily applications can be centrally managed without the need to access the device. You don’t want to miss this session.

Buy Your Ticket Now and Save 30%!

ModUX is a great opportunity for networking with your colleagues and learning from industry leaders. And, as a Sencha community member, you’ll save 30% off the full conference rate of €115 by using the coupon code sencha. So get your ticket now! We look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam.

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Sencha On the Road: Upcoming Events, November 2012

We had a busy September events schedule, and we’ll be on the road again soon. We value meeting our community members through these conferences and meetups. We hope you will be able to attend one (or more) upcoming events to meet the Sencha team and learn more about our HTML5 app development platform.

If you’re hosting or planning a meetup in your area, please let us know how we can help: info@sencha.com.

Our November industry events include:

QCon in San Francisco, CA

November 7–9

Come meet the Sencha team at QConSF at Booth 6. We looking forward to seeing you there. More Info

Building Mobile HTML5 Apps in Hours, Not Days

Aditya Bansod, VP of Marketing

Thursday, November 8 at 1:40 PM

Executive Office Hours

Aditya Bansod, VP of Product Marketing

Thursday, November 8 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM

Thursday November 8 from 2:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Web Unleashed in Boston, MA

November 8–9

At FITC’s Web Unleashed our Solutions Engineer, Art Kay, will be hosting two sessions. Bring your laptop and be ready to code.

Thursday, November 8 at 9:00 AM

Workshop: Hello World! Using the Sencha Platform to Build Hybrid Mobile Apps.

Friday, November 9 at 11:30 AM

Hello Sencha: HTML5 Applications.

Need a pass to Web Unleashed? We will be raffling off 4 Events Passes (a $129 value) which will give you full conference access. More info

Gartner AADI in Las Vegas, NV

November 27–29

At Gartner AADI Aditya Bansod, VP of Product Marketing, is presenting, “Using Standards Based Web Technologies to Tame BYOD.”

Executive Office Hours

Ted Driscoll, VP of Sales

Tuesday, November 27 from 12:15 PM to 2:15 PM

Tuesday, November 27 from 5:45 PM to 7:45 PM

Aditya Bansod, VP of Product of Marketing

Wednesday, November 28 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Our Sencha Executive team would love to meet you at this event. To set up an appointment for a personalized custom demonstration, contact us. We look forward to seeing you there. More Info

EMEA Meetups

All the London meetups will feature Mats Bryntse, the creator of Ext Gannt, Ext Scheduler and the Siesta JavaScript unit testing. He will be joined by Daniel Gallo, Sales Engineer from Sencha in a 3 night series to showcase some of his tools and demos he has been working on including Touch-base versions of some of his Ext JS apps. Topics that will be covered include, but are not limited to, testing your Sencha Touch apps with Siesta and developing a Sencha Touch scheduler component.

London—Sencha Touch Meetup

November 5

Sign up now

Bath—Sencha Meetup

November 6

Sign up now

Manchester—Sencha Touch Meetup

November 7

Sign up now

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Save the Date for SenchaCon 2013!

UPDATE: The SenchaCon 2013 site has launched! For more information and to register, please go to http://www.senchacon.com/.

Mark your calendars! We’re pleased to announce that SenchaCon 2013 will be July 16–19 at the Walt Disney Swan & Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida. This will be the biggest SenchaCon ever, with more attendees, more technical sessions, more opportunities for networking and fun with the Sencha community than ever, plus the biggest hackathon we’ve ever done. And of course, attendees will be the first to get access to the amazing new technologies we’re working on and will be showcasing at the event.

If that’s not enough reason to mark your calendar, there’s the location. The Swan & Dolphin is an amazing Michael Graves-designed hotel, with great rooms and amenities for guests, and a world-class conference facility. It’s in the middle of the Walt Disney property, with easy access and complimentary transportation to nearby Epcot, Magic Kingdom, and other Disney attractions. We’re working out some great discounted deals with Disney and the hotel for attendees who want to make a vacation of it by coming a few extra days early or staying a few extra days to enjoy Disney. Getting there is easy—Orlando is probably as close to the geographic center of the Sencha community as anywhere, and it has a great international airport with convenient flights from locations all around the globe.

So please save the dates on your calendars, and stay tuned for more details soon!

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Sencha On The Road: Upcoming Events, Fall 2012

We have a busy events schedule, and we’ll be on the road again soon. Conferences and meetups are a great way for us to meet our community in person, and show off what we’ve been working on in the summer. We hope to see you at one (or more) of these great events.

Dreamforce 2012 – San Francisco, CA

September 18 to 21, 2012

Come meet Sencha Developer Evangelist, Ted Patrick, at Dreamforce 2012. He’ll be presenting “Building Desktop & Mobile HTML5 Applications with Sencha and Force.com” on Tuesday, September 18th at 11 AM at the Mobile Theater.

Get your free Dreamforce Expo pass. We look forward to seeing you there. For more info on our sessions, check out here

Sencha Meetup – Chicago, IL

September 20, 2012

Our Chicago-based Solutions Engineer, Art Kay, will be demoing Sencha Architect and teaching this meetup group how to build a sample app. It’s BYOL (bring your own laptop) so be ready to code. Sign up

JavaScript Days – Berlin, Germany

September 26 to 28, 2012

At JavaScript Days in Berlin, our Solutions Engineer, Tobias Uhlig, will be hosting two hands-on workshops.

Please note that these workshops will be in German only.

Wednesday, September 26th at 2:30 PM

Developing with Sencha Touch 2

Thursday, September 27th at 9:15 AM

Building a full MVC driven Sencha Touch 2 Application with Sencha Architect

Learn more

Webcast: Building Mobile HTML5 Apps in Hours, Not Days

September 26, 2012

Skip the travel and attend this free virtual event we’re hosting with O’Reilly. Our VP of Product Marketing, Aditya Bansod, is presenting “Building Mobile HTML5 Apps in Hours, Not Days.” Join us on Wednesday, 9/18 at 10 AM. Sign up

Screens – Toronto, Canada

September 27 to 28, 2012

We’re excited to visit Toronto for Screens. Solutions Engineer, Art Kay, is presenting “Sencha Touch 101: Mobile Apps Built with HTML5.” Learn more

Designers Fiesta UK – London, England

September 28, 2012

For our UK community, come meet Solutions Engineer, Daniel Gallo, in London. He’ll be presenting “Building Rich HTML5 Mobile Applications using Sencha Touch” on September 28th at 4:30 PM in Room D. More info

Oracle OpenWorld – San Francisco, CA

September 30 to October 4, 2012

Visit the Sencha team at Oracle OpenWorld. We’ll be in Booth 118. We’d love to set up an appointment for a product demonstration. Just email us info@sencha.com and we’ll book some time.

Need a pass to OpenWorld? We’re raffling 125 Discovery Passes (a $75 value) which give you access to the expo hall, keynote, free transportation from select hotels, executive solution sessions and to the Oracle musical festival! More info

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Sencha Touch oData Connector and Samples for SAP

Today we’re releasing the Sencha Touch oData Connector for SAP, available on the Sencha Market. We’ve partnered with SAP to make it easier for SAP customers to build HTML5 applications using Sencha Touch. Sencha Touch is often used to build apps that mobilize enterprise applications, and using the oData Connector, Touch developers can now connect to a variety of SAP mobile solutions such as Netweaver Gateway, the Sybase Unwired Platform, and more. We announced our partnership with SAP earlier this year and have been working actively with SAP to build this shared capability to make it easy for developers to quickly build rich mobile enterprise applications.

The download comes with a getting started guide, a sample application, and the Sencha Touch oData Connector for SAP. The sample application, Flights Unlimited, connects to a hosted demo SAP Netweaver server and uses the oData Connector to query flight times, passenger manifests, pricing information and more. The application is built with Sencha Touch, so it’s pure HTML5 and can be deployed to the web, or hybridized with Sencha Touch Native Packaging for distribution to an app store. It’s a complete and comprehensive application that shows how developers can leverage the power of Sencha Touch and SAP mobility solutions together.

If you want to learn more, SAP hosted a webinar from SAP Labs in Palo Alto where we talk with SAP about how we’re enabling the oData capability and show off the Flights Unlimited demo. The recording of the webinar is available for streaming online.

We’re excited to see what our global development community will build with the new oData for SAP connector!

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