SenchaCon Day 1 Recap
We had an exciting first day at our 2010 Sencha Conference (#SenchaCon). The day kicked off with a keynote from the Sencha team with some special announcements that I’ll recap in this post.
First, we recapped Sencha in 2010. Highlights of the last year we covered included an increase in forum community members from 80,000 at last year’s conference to over 180,000 this year. And a slew of product shipments including Ext Designer, Sencha Touch, and significant updates of both Ext JS and Ext GWT. Next up were some fantastic demos of what Marketo, Widgetbox and Salesforce.com have built with Ext JS and Sencha Touch.
Then, we demo’d and announced the winners of the Sencha Touch contest. The judging panel selected 10 finalists from the more than 200 entries. The first prize winning app was DailyCrossword, developed by Cahit Gürgüc, second place went to Mike Hardaker for his TravelMate mobile web app, and the third prize went to Nick Poulden for his e-Resistible mobile web app. You can read more about the Sencha Touch contest and winners here.
We also outlined the Sencha roadmap for 2011 including plans for Ext JS 4, Ext GWT 3, Sencha Touch 1.1, and the official release of Sencha Animator.
Finally, we made a special product announcement: Sencha Touch 1.0 was officially released with improvements like HTML5 forms support, web-based pickers, a complete new MVC package, and Android optimization. And, we announced that Sencha Touch 1.0 is now available as a free commercial download, (in addition to the existing free GPL download). Read more about Sencha Touch 1.0 here.
The day concluded with a hackathon and lightning demos, sponsored by Google. There were some fantastic app prototypes created in about 1 1/2 hours of hacking. Lots of thanks go out to Dave Nielsen for being master of ceremonies for the hackathon.
That about recaps day 1 at Sencha Conference 2010. We’re looking forward to day two with keynote from AT&T CTO, John Donovan, and more product sessions.
(We are videotaping all the sessions, and once we get the video out of post-processing, we’ll be posting it for conference participants first, and soon afterward we’ll start releasing sessions for general viewing.)