We’re excited to announce the release of Sencha GXT 3.1 beta, available on our download page and from Maven Central. This latest release of GXT introduces Theme Builder, a new tool for theming GXT applications, as well as the Neptune theme built entirely with this tool, adds support for GWT 2.6, and fixes a variety of bugs reported by our users. We’d like to gather feedback from our community while we prepare for the general availability of GXT 3.1.
In December and January, Sencha surveyed a sample of 2,128 business application developers from its HTML5 development community. We asked about the types of applications that developers are building, the technologies that they’re using, as well as the devices they’re supporting. Many of the responses were in line with trends that the industry is aware of — for example, it’s no surprise that iPads are popular target devices — but there were also surprising results.
While Sencha’s Raiders — or any game for that matter — would rarely be seen as a mission critical application, there are aspects of building a game app that can be applied to even the most data-centric, corporate application. In this article, I’ll share 5 key things we learned that you can apply in your business application development.
Back in June, we surveyed 450 developers from the community about the current browsers they use, what browsers they support in their applications, and what their future browser support plans were. 95%+ of the developers we surveyed were using Ext JS to create business applications split somewhat evenly between business to employee, business to business and business to consumer apps.
Recently we’ve heard some myths being repeated about mobile HTML performance that are not all that accurate. Like good urban myths, they sound compelling and plausible. But these myths are based on incorrect premises, misconceptions about the relationship between native and web software stacks and a scattershot of skewed data points. We thought it was important to address these myths with data that we’ve collected over the years about performance, and our own experiences doing optimizations of mobile web app performance.
When I heard that Sencha was going to be supporting Tizen in Sencha Touch I was very happy, because I know how important it is for developers to have great tools to make developing great applications easier. You may not have heard much about Tizen yet, as products are targeted for later on this year, but already developer awareness is building.
Wow, we were impressed and amazed, and, frankly, a little overwhelmed by the entries to the HTML5 is Ready App Contest! We got hundreds of great submissions, so it took a bunch of work by myself, the other four judges, and our marketing team to whittle it down to manageable set of finalists, and then to have all the judges stack rank them to find the winners.
Today we released the final video in our contest series about what it will take to win the HTML5 is Ready App Contest. Hear directly from the judges on what a badass HTML5 app means to them and ultimately what it will take to win.
A new high bar for publishing has been set by The Atlantic with their iPad app, built on Sencha Touch. Their new Wire tablet application (touch.theatlanticwire.com, built with Sencha Touch) is a great example of how publishers can leverage leading edge HTML5 technologies to create new and innovative media experiences without having to build a native application.