April 4, 2016—It’s very easy for developers and test automation engineers to identify and write tests for Ext JS components. The ability to write tests using the BDD (behavior driven development) principles makes the tests more readable and maintainable in the long run. Using Sencha Test, users can be up and running tests in less than 15 minutes.
March 10, 2016—Sencha CEO Art Landro argues that the continued explosion of connected sensors, wearables and devices, also known as the Internet of Things, will force enterprises to find elegant solutions to visualize large sets of complex data.
“There will be a requirement to organize and visualize all incoming data from these connected devices with ‘multiple nested dashboards’ that effectively allow rapid decision-making for everything from real-time actions in tactical situations to strategic analysis and reporting to ensure accurate insight into competitiveness and viability,” suggests Landro.
February 29, 2016—Sencha Test is the only dedicated unit and end-to-end functional testing solution for Ext JS applications. The components work together seamlessly to provide a comprehensive and integrated test environment designed to test apps quickly and execute across multiple browsers simultaneously.
February 22, 2016—Not only are apps being developed faster, but the demand for fast apps is greater too. A 2015 study Sencha conducted with Forrester Consulting called “The Rise of Web Technology” found that apps are expected to be created over a shorter timeline without a corresponding increase in developer activity.
The study also found that 43 percent of companies expected to see an increase of 50 percent or greater in technical complexity of web and mobile apps.
February 17, 2016—Sencha Test features the ability to write unit and functional tests for Ext JS apps; create tests using an event recorder; organize tests into scenarios for long-term scalability and maintainability; integrate with existing CI systems; analyze how much of the code is being tested; execute tests locally and across browser farms; review and report on test results; and compare multiple reports for better analysis.
January 12, 2016—IoT and Data Visualization: The IoT will challenge enterprises to find elegant solutions to visualize large sets of complex data, Sencha’s Landro said. “… There will be a requirement to organize and visualize all incoming data from these connected devices with ‘multiple nested dashboards’ that effectively allow rapid decision-making for everything from real-time actions in tactical situations to strategic analysis and reporting, to ensure accurate insight into competitiveness and viability.”
January 5, 2016—A lot more important are the mobile apps that are used in the business world to give workers, clients, suppliers, distributors etc. real-time mobile access to the ‘real’ applications that run businesses – often called enterprise (mobile) apps. This is where the readiness of web-based applications is really being tested.
Examples of companies that use enterprise mobile apps include Citibank, MasterCard and Fidelity Investments, according to Gautam Agrawal, senior director of product management at Sencha.
December 30, 2015—Sencha has released Sencha GXT 4, the latest update to the company’s Java framework for building HTML5 web applications. This release is focused around support for touch and gestures for tablets and touch screen laptops. Sencha GXT offers UI components that are interoperable with native GWT (formerly Google Web Toolkit) components. These components include HTML5 grids, trees, lists, forms, menus, toolbars, panels and windows. Also new is Triton, a GXT theme that is optimized for the tablet application experience that enables the use of a wider contact surface suitable for fingertips on tablets.
December 18, 2015—ADM: How will the continued explosion of the Internet of Things impact enterprises ability to harness the growing amount of data, even on mobile devices?
Landro: In 2016, the continued explosion of connected sensors, wearables and devices will force enterprises to find powerful yet easy solutions that enable users to visualize large sets of complex data on mobile devices so they can derive critical insight. Sencha CEO
Lines of Business will need to collaborate closely with their application development teams to develop and push applications to a growing number of users and devices on different platforms with different screen sizes.
December 9, 2015—For developers who use tools to build desktop applications, there’s Sencha’s announcement of the availability of Sencha GXT 4, which now allows them to extend their desktop applications to tablet devices with little to no modification to the existing application codebase.
November 18, 2015—Ext JS ist ein Framework zum Erstellen interaktiver Webanwendungen. Hersteller Sencha hat nun Plug-ins für Visual Studio und Eclipse veröffentlicht. Derzeit handelt es sich noch um Early-Access-Versionen, die sich bis zum endgültigen Release noch verändern werden.
November 17, 2015—Sencha announced its new status in the Visual Studio ecosystem as well as its new plug-in at the Microsoft Visual Studio Live! event this week in Orlando, Fla., where the company also demonstrated the plug-in and its support for the Microsoft Edge browser.
November 10, 2015—Sencha Architect – This tool is designed to ease the app-development process for HTML5 software. Thanks to the simple drag-and-drop design, custom templates, and other innovative features, Sencha Architect makes building apps easy for both newcomers and those who have been developing for a long time. Automatic code-generation negates the need for manual coding and removes the risk of human error for smoother performance.
October 29, 2015—Today marks the one-year anniversary of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) declaring the HTML5 standard complete, a significant milestone in the history of the Internet and web application development. In this past year, HTML5 adoption has gone into overdrive, with more and more companies moving to HTML5 to deliver rich cross-platform web applications. The most recent examples include Amazon, Facebook, Google and YouTube, which transitioned from Adobe’s Flash to HTML5. Why is that? And why now?
October 28, 2015—So how have these advancements impacted Web development?
It has brought agility to the market because now there is a capability to do things faster. Businesses are turning around, and they are being more demanding by saying, “Let’s take this application that was only on desktop, and mobilize that application to deliver it on a mobile device so I can engage with my customer in a better way and be more interactive.”
October 21, 2015—There is a jump is in the number of developers using HTML5 as their primary web technology for mobile development. The 2013 and 2014 surveys both showed 7 percent of developers using HTML5 as their primary web application development technology, with 2015 doubling to 14 percent.
October 5, 2015—In the past, HTML5 has been viewed as the ugly stepchild of Web technologies. But with recent advancements from the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), HTML5 is quickly becoming the preferred solution for developing for the Web.
“Over the last probably six months, HTML5 has really kind of risen to become a reliable enterprise-class software that large companies and small companies can actually count on,” said Art Landro, CEO of Sencha.
September 23, 2015—For IBM i shops eyeing mobile development, the tools are in place to consolidate nearly all client development–including mobile apps for all smartphone and tablet platforms, as well as Web applications.
Earlier this summer, Sencha released a unified app development framework that’s gaining the attention of enterprises. With Sencha Ext JS 6, enterprises can develop applications that render perfectly in PC-based Web browsers, and touch-enabled smartphones and tablets.
September 22, 2015—The emergence of a great and ever-growing number of form factors and operating systems makes writing natively – for each device – increasingly impracticable. HTML5 has reached a maturity level and sophistication in which its ability to create and present rich content without relying on the device and its operating system makes it a preferred alternative.
September 11, 2015—Sencha is bullish on the technology, with Gautam Agrawal, senior director of product management stating that this “changes more of UX than UI itself. 3D Touch offers pressure-sensitive interaction capabilities, which can potentially improve the application workflow (depending on how the UX designers and developers utilize these capabilities).”
September 4, 2015—The new beta release of Sencha Inspector provides a debugging tool with direct access to components, classes, objects, and themes for apps built using Sencha frameworks. With Inspector beta, developers can debug Ext JS classic and modern applications.
July 31, 2015—”Of all the technologies for building native or Web applications, HTML5 shows the strongest predicted growth at 20 percent,” Sencha reported this week in announcing the 6th Annual Developer Survey conducted by Strategy Analytics.
July 30, 2015—The number of developers basing their apps around HTML5 has grown from 35 percent in 2013 to 39 percent this year. Most of these developers were targeting mobile platforms, with 92 percent developing for smartphones and 84 percent targeting tablets. Only 36 percent of developers supported PCs.
July 29, 2015—Based on responses from more than 500 mobile application developers, including Sencha developers, the report reveals an increase in the number of both mobile and desktop devices that developers will support next year, showing strongest predicted growth using HTML5 as the app developer platform. Of all the technologies for building native or web applications, HTML5 shows the strongest predicted growth at 20 percent, according to the survey.
July 9, 2015—Nicholas Harlow is Director of Product Management at Sencha, a company that is currently on the front lines of application development for enterprises. He took a moment to answer a few questions about the roles that browser-based apps powered by HTML5 and mobile apps will play going forward, both for consumers and the enterprise.
July 8, 2015—Sencha has announced new web application development offerings with the general availability release of Sencha Ext JS 6 and revamped Sencha Web Application Manager (formerly known as Sencha Space), part of the new Sencha Web Application Lifecycle Management Platform.
July 1, 2015—There is pressure on IT departments to quickly build applications for different types of devices and OSes while keeping costs down, and that is helping Web apps gain ground, according to Art Landro, CEO at Sencha.
June 15, 2015—Of those respondents who reported moving from native to Web, the main reason for the switch was to improve the efficiency of the organization’s development process, reported by 69 percent of such respondents. Among other reasons, 41 percent reported it would improve the quality of apps, with improved time to market and lower development costs closely following.
June 12, 2015—The proliferation of different devices also creates development and deployment challenges, the survey finds. Through all this, security is also one of the top concerns.
All this is pushing developers to web-based development platforms, and away from the native on-premises tools they may have favored in the past, the survey concludes. Close to two-thirds, 63 percent, say that web-based development environments are critical to their web and mobile application strategies. Twenty-seven percent say they will be moving away from native app development to web-based development over the coming year.
April 15, 2015—Sencha’s Web Application Lifecycle Management Platform extends the integration between the Sencha Ext JS framework and Sencha Space management solution to help deliver analytics and debugging as well as providing the ability to identify performance problems and identify potential issues impacting an application’s architecture.
April 8, 2015—Sencha CEO Art Landro says the Sencha Web Application Lifecycle Management Platform will unify the deployment of multiple Sencha technologies within a modular framework that organizations can opt to deploy as needed. This approach makes it possible to easily deploy Sencha products alongside existing complementary technologies or opt to employ the entire framework, says Landro.
March 31, 2015—Last year was a good one for HTML5. The World Wide Web Consortium (WC3) gave the cross-platform application development language “recommendation” status, its highest level of endorsement. YouTube made HTML5 its default video delivery platform, signaling both its dissatisfaction with Flash and its support for HTML5. And operating system updates from both Apple and Android saw performance improvements for apps built with HTML5.
April 1, 2015—Sencha has released Sencha Space 1.3, the latest version of its application management platform which provides the ability to deploy business applications to desktops, tablets, and smartphones in a secure web application environment that encrypts and segregates proprietary apps and data on the device.
February 21, 2015—Yesterday Sencha announced the new version of Sencha Space 1.3 which has one, in my humble opinion, critically important additional function. As the IoT/M2M community goes from silo solutions to common infrastructure a key ingredient is to make the applications available at all times. This is particularly important to companies with field operations and even hospitals and other campus environments where connectivity can be an issue. As the company states, this “new offline functionality empowers businesses to flexibly support diverse types of application usage.”
February 13, 2015—"In today's high speed and diverse world, there is no single application or device that works for every person in an organisation - IT environments and end users are too varied and complex," said Art Landro, CEO of Sencha.
Sencha Space 1.3 introduces a new offline functionality for control over app versioning, allowing for multiple and different versions of the same application based on the user's profile.
January 10, 2015—In the face of distributed workforces and project-based working groups that include third-party contractors, and so on, apps need to be shared across borders without the limitation of BYOD policies to secure devices. Instead of practicing intrusive control over internal and external devices, enterprises will be turning to Web-based tools that efficiently silo private and corporate data on the same device—allowing IT departments to secure corporate information without infringing on the personal device. —Art Landro, CEO, Sencha
January 3, 2015—BYOD POLICIES WILL SHIFT WITHIN COMPANIES.
"In the face of distributed workforces and project-based working groups that include third-party contractors, apps need to be shared across borders without the limitation of BYOD policies to secure devices," said Art Landro, chief executive officer at Sencha. "Instead of practicing intrusive control over internal and external devices, enterprises will be turning to web-based tools that efficiently silo private and corporate data on the same device," he said. That means allowing IT departments to secure corporate information without mucking about with this one smartphone or that one employee's tablet. Prepare for more across-the-board solutions.
December 10, 2014—To address that issue, Sencha has created Sencha Space 1.2, which enables HTML5 developers to deploy a run-time environment that is consistent across all Google Android devices. As part of the update, Sencha is also making available Sencha Space APIs that enable everything from allowing applications running in different instances of Sencha Space to securely communicate and share data with one another to a sensor API that provides access to a wide variety of device types.
December 6, 2014—Just off the main PR-driven bulletin freeway this week is "news" of open-source web application frameworks and tools company Sencha… and its developer team's thoughts on Android 5.0 Lollipop.
Sencha has reviewed Google's recently released Android 5.0 Lollipop to see how it stacks up against, and impacts, web app development.
Dr. Dobb's Journal
November 6, 2014—For the user interface function, for example, Thornhill chose an HTML5 application development framework from Sencha, a company based in Redwood City, Calif. “We wanted as few technologies as possible,” he said. “HTML5 is pretty damn close to write once, deploy everywhere.”
November 3, 2014—Key features: Space 1.2 is a platform to securely deploy and manage business applications, empowering organizations to manage apps and data across all devices and screens—including desktops, tablets and smartphones.
October 31, 2014—Sencha Space provides the ability to deliver business applications to desktops, tablets, and smartphones in a secure web application environment that encrypts and segregates proprietary apps and data on the device. It helps reduce the cost and complexity of multi-device enterprise application development, maintenance, and deployment by eliminating the need for multiple code bases, native packaging, consumer app store deployment, and the use of sensitive apps in insecure consumer browsers.
App Developer Magazine
October 31, 2014—With app management platforms proliferating in the new mobile-first era, Sencha Inc. has added some new twists to its offering such as including desktop applications in the mix and addressing the "Android fragmentation" problem with its Web-based cross-platform approach....Sencha introduced a desktop client application so users can use one integrated platform to deploy applications to mobile devices and desktops. With Sencha Space 1.2, users download an app for their device/desktop/laptop that's connected to a console used by admins to control user access to applications and data. With this universal control, Sencha said it shields users from disruptive changes caused by rapidly evolving devices and platforms, including security-related considerations.
Application Development Trends
October 31, 2014—An upgraded version of Sencha’s Space platform has the potential to bring together desktops, smartphones and tablets, with lower management costs along the way....Instead of running the apps in a browser, Sencha has developed a more secure client for them to run in. With version 1.2 of Space, the client can run on desktops in addition to smartphones and tablets. Once the client has been installed, users can access the same apps they have previously used on their mobile devices.
October 28, 2014—Sencha is a cross-platform, cross-form factor development platform. Its platform covers the entire application lifecycle from architecture to design, development to testing and management....The company is today rolling out the latest version of its deployment and management product, Sencha Space. The new product allows enterprise customers to manage applications and data across all their users devices – desktop, laptop and mobile devices. This is important since the move to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has created an IT headache. IT has to support a massive variety of endpoint devices – delivering applications to all those devices is a difficult task – Sencha makes it easier.
October 23, 2014—Ultimately, we decided on Sencha Ext JS for its superior browser compatibility and for how it handles vast amounts of data with out-of-the-box features and components. After deploying HTML5 apps, we’ve experienced an overall improvement in application performance, saving an average of 11 seconds on processing time.
August 25, 2014—Ultimately, the team decided to go with Sencha because it offered many components out of the box. Parhizkar also noted that Sencha offered "top-notch" enterprise support. All in all, Parhizkar said he is pleased with the investment. He does, however, have some advice he would give anyone faced with a similar project. "Definitely have training sooner rather than later," he recommends. "Even before you start the project, either get online or on-site training."
August 5, 2014—The single container approach that utilizes HTML5 addresses many of the challenges developers and IT administrators face, while delivering seamless experiences for end users.
Wired Innovation Insights
June 19, 2014—Art Landro, the new CEO of Sencha, a provider of a mobile-application development tools optimized for HTML5, plans to create a global alliance program. Aimed at other technology vendors and business partners, such as systems integrators and independent software vendors, the program should help developers of mobile computing applications more easily plug into a range of backend services, according to Landro.
June 19, 2014—Among the topics Landro and I discussed was the issue of supporting all of the legacy apps IT is managing that now have to be delivered to mobile end points in BYOD situations. Sencha does not intend to act as referee in the HTML5 vs. native debate, as much as it intends to give enterprises a platform on which to deliver apps to the most people, on the most devices, and as easily as possible.
June 6, 2014—Sencha, a provider of HTML5 development tools for desktop and mobile applications, announced an upgrade to Ext JS, its flagship development platform for building cross-browser applications. Ext JS 5 enables developers to build or move desktop apps to mobile devices with little to no modification to the existing code base and within the same development tools they already use.
June 5, 2014—Sencha, a leader in powering HTML5 development for desktop and mobile applications, today announced a significant upgrade to Ext JS, its flagship development platform for building unmatched cross-browser applications. Ext JS 5 is a big step forward for desktop and mobile application development as developers can now easily build and/or move desktop apps to mobile devices, with little to no modification to the existing code base and within the same development tools they already use. Available immediately, Ext JS 5 further entrenches Sencha as the standard for building apps that, with a single code base, can run on touch-based devices as well as computers using either modern or legacy browsers.
June 5, 2014—Whether the Web continues to be the principal metaphor that everyday users recognize for delivering information through the Internet will depend on whether the rise of mobile-style apps eventually tapers off. Presently, such a tapering does not appear to be in the cards. In fact, the case for apps dominance may have been bolstered this week with the official release of the latest version of the Ext JS development framework for HTML5 by Sencha.
Fierce Enterprise Communications
June 5, 2014—Rhon Daguro's planned career change from Silicon Valley software developer to restaurant-nightclub guru didn't materialize. However, during that time he spotted a customer need that led him to a new tech career.
Today, he is CEO of Nervana Group, which brings interactive touchscreen technologies to the hospitality and education industries. Getting service ready to enter the mobile sphere called for a new HTML5 platform that combined mobile and large experiential touchscreen technologies.
June 5, 2014—Sencha has announced an upgrade to Ext JS, its development platform for building cross-browser applications. Ext JS 5 promises to allow developers to build and/or move desktop apps to mobile devices with little to no modification to the existing code base within the same development tools.
Dr. Dobb's Journal
May 28, 2014—Few companies can claim they have ridden the wave of mobile communication like Sencha, which has been doing so since 2008. Starting with JQTouch and Raphael, the company’s contributions to open source expertise, they have been steadily building a community of developers (now numbering more than two million) who understand that the goal is to keep the code common when developing apps for a bring your own device (BYOD) world.
May 25, 2014—Here's a collection of 10 tools that wont need you to learn the complexities of Objective-C (iPhone) or Java (Android, BlackBerry) in order to make some really cool mobile apps.
May 23, 2014—What a busy week. There's Lithium's post-Klout products, a new video-oriented social platform, an SDK for adding video ads to apps, six new native ad formats and an update to Sencha's desktop-app-to-tablet-app framework.
Plus, Pipeliner CRM has re-launched, Vobi has launched a new communication service, an updated report looks at trust and personal data, Moxie buys Simplybox technology, and a dyslexia app is looking
May 1, 2014—The sort parameters sent by the Store define the data model’s properties that the Store’s data need to be sorted by, and the sort direction for each model property. Note that I am saying “properties” instead of “property” because, as you already know, you can sort a Sencha Touch Store by multiple model properties.
May 1, 2014—FeedHenry 3 arrives this week. The open standards-based mobile application platform is delivered as a cloud offering with new features around core functions including mBaaS and API management, role-based development and team collaboration.
• Dr. Dobb’s Journal
April 25, 2014—Which HTML5 camp are you in?
Some think HTML5 hasn't met expectations as a platform for mobile applications. An IDC report, "The Evolving State of HTML5," noted the technology is still plagued with misconceptions. Native app development and HTML5 will continue to co-exist, the IDC predicted. Native app development will continue to be "the primary way mobile applications will be delivered and run."
Others see the technology as promising. Sencha, an open-source web application frameworks provider, said standards-based HTML5 development, whose popularity has been growing in part because such apps can run cross-platform, has caught on big in the enterprise.
Celtra feels there's promise.
Sencha Space – Solving BYOD with Cross-Platform Management to Build and Deploy Secure Mobile HTML5 Apps
April 22, 2014—With more and more enterprises adopting BYOD policies, the challenge for IT departments has become how to manage personal and professional applications on the same device, making sure company information is secure without infringing upon personal privacy. The importance of this issue will only grow as mobility becomes an even greater fixture in the enterprise.
App Developer Magazine
April 22, 2014—Backend as a Service (BaaS), also referred to as Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS), is a unique platform that enables mobile and web application developers to store their applications on a backend cloud infrastructure. Backend-as-a-Service (BaaS) is witnessing an increasing adoption due to its several benefits to developers such as low development costs and accelerated time-to-market.
April 22, 2014—There are IBM midrange companies that strategize and even prioritize plans for strengthening their IT workforces with the intention of improving business processes and solving business problems. If you attend an event like the Toronto User Group's annual two-day technical conference April 24 and 25, you find people who work for those companies learning to use IBM i and Power Systems like its 2014 instead of 1994. If you are sitting on the sidelines, 20 years of IT innovation is a long time to be out of the game.
April 22, 2014— Android has carved out a distinct niche of following today, with more and more people using the platform on a plethora of devices ranging from smartphones and tablets. Android undoubtedly owns the greater chunk of the market share owing to tremendous popularity courtesy some amazing features and unmatched customisation options. Android provides developers a big market to sell their apps but also does not require any major investment. Here are 10 priceless Android-ready development frameworks for you.
April 20, 2014—Cassette tapes, 8-tracks, and … Flash. All three of these mediums need a player to work, and all three mediums are either dead or dying. Just as CDs replaced tapes as a more efficient means of playing music, and digital files replaced CDs to do the same, HTML5 is making Flash obsolete.
The Next Web
April 17, 2014—College recruiting is going mobile with a new digital signage and mobile integration. Prospective students are taking the college recruiting process home in their pockets, giving a university on-the-go, two-way access to recruits.
Digital Signage Today
April 10, 2014—A few years ago, mobile applications were not much popular. But now, they gained massive popularity with the advent of Smartphones. These Smartphones use various mobile platforms like Android, Blackberry, IOS, windows, etc. To create an app that is friendly and compatible with most mobile platforms, one needs Sencha Touch Technology.
March 19, 2014—A recent report commissioned by Sencha provides some interesting insights into where we are today and what the future holds for HTML5 app development. We visited with Sencha CEO Michael Mullany for a few minutes to talk about the report and get his views on the subject.
App Developer Magazine
March 18, 2014—CNX Corp. yesterday unveiled a major new release of its flagship Web and mobile development tool for IBM i, the Valence Framework version 4.0. The new version is based on Sencha Architect 3, which CNX says allows IBM i shops to develop Web and mobile apps almost completely in a drag-and-drop manner. The updated portal also has a place for accessing 5250 apps that haven't yet been rewritten or modernized for the new HTML5 world.
March 17, 2014—Tizen has announced the winners of the Tizen App Challenge, a contest that awarded over $4M in prizes to app developers. 54 prizes were awarded to top ranked Tizen apps across 9 categories. In addition, the top rated HTML5 apps received $50,000 each.
App Developer Magazine
March 12, 2014—Fostering collaboration and efficiency in the workplace is nothing new, but how that is achieved is evolving as workers turn to mobile devices to access information. To keep pace with the transition, Andrew Filev, CEO of Wrike, a Web-based project management application, knew he needed to make his offering mobile-friendly.
March 12, 2014—A new report finds standards-based HTML5 development, whose popularity has been growing in part because such apps can run cross-platform, has caught on big in the enterprise.
March 11, 2014—HTML5 developers queried recently by tools vendor Sencha remain dedicated to building apps via Web technologies, even as doubts have been cast on how effective HTML5 is vis à vis native development. Many of those same developers, however, have dropped support for the classic Microsoft Windows platform.
March 10, 2014—Mobile developers write for a number of different platforms, so assessing surveys of their desires and lists of which platforms they are using is a bit tricky. It is not as if they must choose one.
March 10, 2014—Drifty, a participant in the TechStars Cloud 2013 incubator, and makers of a suite of tools for mobile developers building apps and websites, most notably, the Ionic framework, has closed on a million in seed funding, the company is announcing. The funding comes from Arthur Ventures, and will help the company grow its team and continue development on the Ionic framework.
March 8, 2014—There has been a paradigm shift in mobile domain in the past 2 years with the introduction of smartphones.Every business desires to reach its customers through mobile applications and too on all the platforms. In addition, the business wants to keep the time to market the products minimum so that they can beat their competition and and also be able to show their superiority in the market.
March 7, 2014—Dr. Dobbs has awarded the Jolt Award for Mobile and Coding Tools for 2014.Dr. Dobb's Journal has recently announced the winners of the Jolt Awards for Mobile Development Tools. This award is meant to recognize the best tools for creating mobile applications. This year’s award recognizes the improvements made by cross-platform mobile development tools, noting that if “they continue to close the gap with native applications, they might well become the tool of choice for all development, save the most demanding.”
March 5, 2014—In this post I wanted to go over how easy it is to package your existing Sencha Touch applications using PhoneGap and bring it to the BlackBerry 10 platform. Since the release of Sencha Touch 2.3 and Phone Gap 2.9, creating your cross platform applications (including BlackBerry 10, iOS and Android) has never been easier. Here is the quick review of the process.
INSIDE BlackBerry Developer Blog
March 4, 2014—One key take-away of the DeveloperWeek 2014 Conference + Event Series is that mobile development is the next big frontier of tech innovation. The driver isn't necessarily just money, either. Although the mobile market will generate $400 billion more spending by 2015 than the $139 billion it did back in 2012.
March 4, 2014—Mobile developers have come to rely on a number of backend-as-a-service (BaaS) offerings that make developing and deploying mobile applications a whole lot simpler. Now Sencha wants to take that that concept to the next logical conclusion in the form of an extension to its application development tools that turns the Microsoft Azure cloud into a BaaS environment for mobile applications.
Op-Ed: Business networking apps and advice for young professionals Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/technology/op-ed-business-networking-apps
March 4, 2014—Mobile apps are transforming the way business is done around the world. Millennials are particularly well suited to benefit from their use.
App Developer Magazine
February 26, 2014—Half of HTML5 developers support both mobile devices and the desktop, with the typical developer supporting their apps on Windows classic, MacOS, iPhone, iPad and at least one Android phone.
February 26, 2014—There are plenty of cross-platform mobile development tools on the market today, from companies such as Sencha, Xamarin, and Appcelerator. ReachLocal believes it has something new to bring to the party with its open source LigerMobile framework, unveiled this week.
February 24, 2014—A survey reported at InfoWorld finds that application developers are paying growing attention to HTML5, the updated version of the website design language that is optimized for mobile technologies. At the same time, developers are starting to back away from traditional PC-oriented platforms.
February 24, 2014—Bringing enterprise collaboration tools to mobile devices has been a focus of Roy Sheinfeld's for years. As the co-founder and vice president of R&D at harmon.ie, one of his top priorities since restarting the company in 2008 and entering the mobile arena in 2011 was selecting a mobile development framework that could support multiple platforms.
February 17, 2014—StackMob is dead. PayPal bought it and wasted no time killing the product and integrating its team and tools into its own infrastructure. If you ask just about anybody that plays in the mobile backend-as-a-service industry, this comes as little surprise.
February 13, 2014—A majority of Web application developers have adopted HTML5 and plan to continue using it for at least the next year. The latest results from Sencha’s State of HTML5 Development in the Enterprise survey show that the Worldwide Web Consortium recommendation is firmly entrenched in development shops around the world.
App Developers See More Enterprise Mobile Solutions, Signs of Life for BlackBerry at Apps World North America
February 7, 2014—We just finished up two days of another great event, as by all accounts Apps World North America 2104 was bigger and better than last year.
Its just too big an event for us to cover every aspect of the presentations, exhibitors and other activities, so I thought I would present a few thoughts on the event itself and a few nuggets of interest (at least I thought they were interesting!).
App Developer Magazine
February 6, 2014—Matt Asay covers the results of Vision Mobile’s latest Developer Economics report and includes a brief mention of Sencha’s survey result on percent HTML5 users, now and in the future.
February 4, 2014—CNX is beginning beta tests for the next major release of Valence, its suite of products for building compelling new Web and mobile applications that run natively on the IBM i server. The company is eyeing mid-March for a GA launch of the new product.
February 4, 2014—IDG News Service - Sencha has introduced Space, aiming to make it easier for IT departments to manage HTML5 apps running on Android, iOS or BlackBerry devices.
February 3, 2014—Because mobility is starting to impact so many parts of the enterprise for some time now we have been considering how enterprises should be thinking with regards to mobile applications for their customers, employees and partners and have been formulating relevant investment theses.
February 3, 2014—On the surface, an app seems like a straightforward bit of software. It runs a game, or manages your digital notes, or performs any of the thousands of other tasks we routinely expect apps to handle.
January 31, 2014—The IT job market is on the rise, and top jobs include anything in big data, mobile, cloud or security. Learn more about the latest hiring trends with TechRepublic's roundtable of IT executives and tech recruiters.
January 15, 2014—Tizen is designed to be a low-cost, highly configurable OS that will make portable devices available to a wider range of consumers. Its developers hope to create an alternative mobile ecosystem to break the stranglehold of the big phone companies. Tizen's promise is to let carriers maintain a competitive edge by producing devices tailored to a particular user base.
December 19, 2013—Educating children is no easy task, especially when the classroom is virtual and consists of students worldwide. Frik Strecker, CEO of GatherWorks, was approached by a large school to build an entire enrollment and learning management system to make the process easier.
December 10, 2013—CM First Group is looking to make it easier for IBM i shops to create compelling mobile apps with the latest release of its CM WebClient add-on for CA Plex tools. With support for the latest OSes from Microsoft and Blackberry, the latest iOS themes from Apple, and native device integration with Apache Cordova, generating mobile front-ends for backend IBM i apps is less scary than ever.
December 6, 2013—Sencha Architect the powerful visual app builder tool for crafting HTML5 web and mobile apps becomes faster, more efficient and far more flexible with its latest release, Sencha Architect 3. Sencha Architect makes the daunting task of supporting a large number of enterprise apps over an ever increaseing number of mobile and desktop devices a smooth sail for the enterprise app developers.
December 5, 2013—Building mobile computing applications is becoming a more complex and daunting proposition with each passing day. Looking to provide IT organizations with a simpler way to manage all that chaos, Sencha has rolled out Sencha Architect 3, a set of HTML5 templates that makes it a lot easier to deploy applications on multiple platforms using a single code base.
November 14, 2013—How do enterprise developers extend their corporate apps to the ever expanding universe of mobile devices with the least amount of pain? Visual dev tool maker Sencha made the argument this week for the less-coding-is-more approach provided by Sencha Architect, the latest version of which the company just released.
Application Development Trends
November 13, 2013—Sencha has released the newest version of its visual HTML5 app builder, Sencha Architect 3.0. The upgrade extends hundreds of corporate apps to various mobile and desktop devices.
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October 30, 2013—Nokia issues differing statements, while Microsoft is mum on device upgrade question
October 30, 2013—The operating system popped up in various places during Samsung's developer conference, including with cash incentives for app makers.
October 30, 2013—Open source OS is viewed as a cross-platform opportunity, and an example that Samsung isn't fully dependent on Android.
October 30, 2013—jQuery Mobile, Sencha Touch, Kendo UI, and Intel App Framework bring a native look and feel to Web apps for mobile devices
Sencha Earns Rank on Info-Tech's 2013 Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms Vendor Landscape Report
October 28, 2013—Sencha, a company focusing on powering HTML5 development for desktop and mobile applications, announced it has been listed as a Champion in Info-Tech Research Group's 2013 Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms (MEAP) Vendor Landscape report.
October 7, 2013—HTML5 development for desktop and mobile applications company Sencha has updated its Touch mobile framework. Version 2.3 now integrates with Apache Cordova for support of native phone functionality direct from HTML5 apps
September 27, 2013—Apple's iOS 7 is plagued with HTML5 defects related to the Web SQL database, home-screen widgets, gestures, and animations. Maximiliano Firtman, an HTML5 developer and author of several popular Web programming books, revealed several of these bugs in his blog. And Michael Mullany, CEO of Web development environment vendor Sencha, both confirmed Firtman's findings and found more problems in Apple's HTML5 execution.
September 4, 2013—Increased developer productivity, multi-platform development, the BYOD trend, enterprise scalability, the demand for great user experiences, and code reuse are some of the reasons why application developers should be using both open-source and proprietary mobile application frameworks today, according to industry solution providers.
August 29, 2013—Change happens in IT whether you want it to or not. But even with all the talk of the "post-PC" era and the rise of the horrifically named "bring your own device" hype, change has happened in a patchwork. Despite the disruptive technologies documented on Ars and elsewhere, the fundamentals of enterprise IT have evolved slowly over the past decade
August 27, 2013—Biotechnology leader Genentech uses human genetic information to develop medicine to treat people afflicted with life-threatening ailments. The company's mobile program is cutting-edge too, dating back to the iPhone itself, according to Christian Santiago, Genentech's mobile Web technical lead in the enterprise mobility group
August 22, 2013—Sencha is previewing Sencha Space, a secure and managed environment for business apps that runs on any mobile device. Sencha Space lets devs wrestling with BYOD avoid the need to write a new app every time a user brings a new device into the organization. Rather, using Sencha’s device-level APIs, they can reuse code they’ve already written to deploy new apps in a secure environment.
Integration Developer News
July 29, 2013—The term “web app” has been around for the past years – we’ve all heard it and used it more times than we care to remember. Yet there remains a debate on where “web sites” end, and “web apps” begin. Guest author Ciprian Borodescu presents the opinions of several prominent figures in the web technology domain and discusses the ‘app-ification’ of the web.
July 25, 2013—In the first of a two-part tutorial, Daniel Gallo explores mobile application development and how to create a data-aware mobile HTML5 app
July 25, 2013—End users, IT departments and application developers have many problems relating to the BYOD trend. However, Redwood City, California-based Sencha states that is able to address these issues.
Unified Communications Strategies
July 19, 2013—HTML5 frameworks and tools company Sencha has announced Sencha Space, a managed environment for deploying mobile business applications. Currently available as a developer preview, Sencha isn't shy about how it is positioning this product and calls it "the missing link" to multi-device app development and management.
July 17, 2013—Sencha, a provider of HTML5 development tools for building desktop and mobile applications, has announced Sencha Space, a secure and managed environment for deploying mobile HTML5 business applications. - See more at: http://www.eweek.com/developer/sencha-space-html5-app-management-platform-launches/#sthash.40SgH8gv.dpuf
July 17, 2013—Sencha unveiled that cure at its developer conference, SenchaCon2013, Wednesday in Orlando, Fla. The company's new HTML5 platform, called Sencha Space, appears like an app on an employee's personal device, houses all business-related apps within the platform without intermingling personal data, can be managed remotely by a company's IT department and, most importantly, is secure.
July 17, 2013—Sencha, an HTML5 framework developer, is today announcing its attempt to solve that problem, Sencha Space. The service, which is available as a beta product and will operate on a freemium model, is both a secure application for Android, iOS, and BlackBerry devices and an administration console that makes it easy to control who gets access to a company’s Web application, and which Web-based apps those people are able to use on their devices.
July 4, 2013—Smile Brands has designed an HTML5-based Web app for use on the iPad to allow dentists to streamline their dental charting and avoid duplicate data entry.
May 31, 2013—Recent health information technology vendor announcements cover a new leader for one analytics firm and a new product for another, and new mobile apps for dentists and physicians:
May 30, 2013—Michael Mullany, CEO of HTML5 toolmaker Sencha, tells eWEEK HTML5 technology is in demand more than ever and is ready for prime time.
May 20, 2013—Samsung have produced a great phone in the Galaxy S4 but there are reasons for saying the Apple iPhone is still the better product. Is that clutching at straws?
May 15, 2013—Over the last year and a half, HTML5 performance has reached impressive new heights across the mobile device landscape, to the point where well-engineered HTML5 applications can easily compete with native applications. With the release of the Samsung Galaxy S4, we thought it was time to revisit Android and once again put it through the wringer of our HTML5 Scorecard testing.
April 29, 2013—Tools vendor executive Michael Mullany also sees excitement about Firefox OS but says more work is needed on Tizen
April 25, 2013—StackMob, Sencha, Corona Labs, Kinvey, Outercurve, Parse, Adobe, Prime 31, Thuzi and Trigger.io have been selected to be part of Facebook's new program created to help developers build mobile applications that integrate with Facebook.
April 2, 2013—I recently had the opportunity to work with a company that is moving to a responsive design and has over 800,000 images on their site. These images come from all over the world. I learned a lot about what it means to tackle images in a responsive design on a large scale.
Cloud Four Blog
March 19, 2013—Want a challenge? Add the avalanche of enterprise mobile applications to DevOps teams’ already-daunting integration workload, Paul Kopacki says. He’s Sencha’s vice president of marketing, which just released a mobile app integration tool for developers
IT Knowledge Exchange
March 18, 2013—Our roundup of intriguing new products from companies such as Cisco, Fortinet, Sepato.
March 16, 2013—L'équipe Sencha annonce la sortie de ExtJS 4.2, du Sencha Touch Bundle et de Sencha Architect 2.2 !
Tous trois améliorent la productivité du développeur en rendant les choses plus rapides, plus faciles et plus pratiques (sur un air de chanson).
De son côté, le nouveau Sencha Touch Bundle réunit toutes les technologies Sencha de développement mobile dans un package plus pratique.
March 14, 2013—Thanks to BYOD, app deployment has become substantially more complicated. Sencha's HTML5 tools aim to restore order.
February 5, 2013—Scivantage announced Wednesday the launch of its new HTML5-based mobile brokerage platform, Investor Mobile, and the immediate availability of investment apps for iOS and Android devices.
January 28, 2013—Whether BlackBerry 10 lives up to the sudden hype remains to be seen, but if it does, there's a good bet that app developers will be leading the charge.
January 25, 2013—RIM hopes to translate positive pre-launch buzz into sales of its Z10 and X10 smartphones Wednesday
January 18, 2013—HTML5-based store is more a vote of confidence in the business value of Web technology than in its performance characteristics.
January 17, 2013—The switch to “native” apps and the implication of fault with HTML5 masked a deeper problem, uncovered by the mobile app framework Sencha. In late 2012, Sencha took a closer look at the hybrid, HTML5 app that Facebook had first made, replicating it, then noticing that Facebook’s original mobile app essentially made more calls back to a server than it needed to when, for instance, rendering features of the Facebook interface.
January 14, 2013—HTML5 will begin to replace native apps in mobile commerce strategies, as Apple’s dominance dwindles and Android and Windows Mobile grow. The ease of maintaining one experience that serves all platforms and the significant cost benefit will make this a no-brainer approach for organizations.
January 11, 2013—The Atlantic is going the mobile Web route for its news and opinion site TheAtlanticWire.com with an initiative that targets tablet users. The new site is available at http://touch.theatlanticwire.com/. The Atlantic is working with Sencha on the HTML5 site.
January 9, 2013—If there's a faster and easier way to build cross-platform, data-driven mobile applications than Sencha Touch 2.1, we haven't found it. Sencha's HTML5 development framework leverages designer-accessible Web technologies, while its MVC underpinnings create best practices for clean code creation.
January 9, 2013—Using Sencha Touch, an HTML5 framework developed by Sencha, The Atlantic is moving away from “expensive and restrictive native iOS development” to HTML5, but it’s not ditching native. Far from it.
January 3, 2013—Last month, Sencha revealed its HTML5-based take on Facebook. Fastbook was a response to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg referring to the social network's bet on HTML5 as "one of the biggest mistakes, if not the biggest strategic mistake that we've made". Sencha VP of Marketing Paul Kopacki countered, telling .net: "We think we proved with Fastbook that there is nothing required that can't be built with HTML5."
January 2, 2013—The folks at Sencha have done a damn good job of proving that this future day is actually here. It's now. For those who don't follow the scene so closely, Sencha is a company that builds an HTML5 mobile app framework. created an incredible set of HTML5 tools.
December 21, 2012—Sencha illustrated that this week when it unveiled Fastbook, a kind of HTML5-based version of Facebook’s app for both iOS and Android devices. The “technology proof of concept” — as two members of Sencha’s engineering team describe Fastbook – is a rebuild of the original Facebook app that uses HTML5 to support “the most challenging parts.” Fastbook appears in this video demonstration to match the performance of Facebook’s new native apps in terms of speed and continuity through navigational features like scrolling, zooming and panning.
December 21, 2012—I should probably send Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg a thank-you note. Ever since he told reporters that the biggest mistake his company had made so far was "betting too much on HTML 5 rather than native" in its mobile software development strategy, I've heard from a lot of interesting and creative HTML 5 users with, as you might guess, a slightly different view of the latest incarnation of the venerable markup language. Last week I sat down with two developers who took Mr. Zuckerberg's comment as a challenge.
Application Development Trends
December 20, 2012—Remember when Mark Zuckerberg blamed the problematic old Facebook mobile app–dubbed “freakishly slow” by some–on “betting too much on HTML 5?” So does backend-as-a-service (BAAS) provider Sencha, and to rebut Zuckerberg’s assertion that using HTML5 was “one of [Facebook's] biggest mistakes,” Sencha built its own mobile webapp, Fastbook, to demonstrate that HTML5 is ready for prime time.
December 19, 2012—Sencha is a company that also made a bet on the web, "took offence" to Zuckerberg's comment – and didn't believe HTML5 was the reason for the old Facebook app's poor performance. Putting its money where its mouth is, the company subsequently authored tech demo Fastbook, to prove HTML5 was ready for large-scale app use.
December 19, 2012—Even as Facebook dumps HTML5 to embrace native app development, calling its early enthusiasm for HTML5 its "biggest mistake," Sencha, a leading provider of open-source web application frameworks and tools, has not only demonstrated real-world readiness of HTML5, but has actually built a Facebook app that performs better than Facebook's native apps.
December 19, 2012—When Zuck gets on stage and says that HTML5 was a mistake, people listen though, and it isn’t enough to come out and speak back.
This is why I am so excited that Sencha hasn’t come back via talk, but by action. Please checkout “The making of Fastbook: An HTML5 love story”, which will go through technical details on how they managed to pull off a great demonstrating of rewriting the Facebook app on their Sencha Touch Web framework. Go and save the Web app to your home screen and run it now, and I think you will be impressed.
December 18, 2012—Sencha has released a technology demonstration called Fastbook, which implements some of the most challenging parts of the Facebook app in HTML5 while outperforming the native app.
December 18, 2012—Facebook, may not yet be an expert source for advice on consumer internet monetization, but when the world's largest social network talks technology, the industry listens.
So when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg suggested that his company made a mistake in betting on HTML5 and decided to rebuild the Facebook iOS app in response to user criticism about poor experience and performance, a lot of people took note.
December 18, 2012—Sencha has created Fastbook, an HTML5 application closely mocking Facebook’s native application and displaying similar performance both on iOS and Android in an attempt to demonstrate that “HTML5 is ready.”
December 17, 2012—When Mark Zuckerberg said that "the biggest mistake we made as a company was betting too much on HTML5 instead of native," web tool developer Sencha set out to disprove his claims.
December 17, 2012—Sencha, a startup that builds HTML5 app development tools, is trying to prove that HTML5 apps are the future through a new competition offering $10,000 in cash as well as an iPhone, iPad, Galaxy S3, Nexus 10, Surface tablet, and a pass to the SenchaCon in 2013. The company, which claims half of the Fortune 100 companies as clients, has tasked developers with building HTML5-based apps that surpass what is available on IOS and Android.
December 17, 2012—You've heard that Facebook switched from HTML 5 to "native" apps on iOS and Android recently to "speed them up." That pissed off the developers from Sencha.
December 17, 2012—A team of mobile app developers offended by Facebook czar Mark Zuckerberg dissing HTML5 have created a Facebook app that they say works better than native versions because of the HTML5 coding.
December 14, 2012—On the Sencha blog, Michael Mullany has written about the current state of HTML5 and CSS3, and enthused about the progress that's been made since the introduction of the technologies. "It's been almost three years since HTML5 entered the mainstream," he said, citing January 2010 as "month zero for the HTML5 boom".
December 4, 2012—This week, we've been putting both the iPad 4 and the Microsoft Surface tablet through their paces. In our testing, we're happy to say that both tablets are very solid HTML5 platforms. Internet Explorer 10 on the Surface has a broad, well implemented HTML5 feature set that mostly meets and occasionally exceeds mobile Safari's.
Web 2.0 Journal
November 28, 2012—The explosion in open source projects in the HTML, mobile, cloud and big data spaces such as Android, jQuery, PhoneGap, Sencha, Hadoop and Cordova are driving a new model and a golden age of "app" development, Forrester Research says.
November 13, 2012—Results of a survey from Sencha have revealed that the majority of companies polled think that dev skills in Web technologies are a more vital skill than native development skills.
November 13, 2012—A survey of over 1400 mobile executives from HTML5 developer Sencha has revealed that there will be “aggressive” adoption of Windows Phone 8 in the enterprise over the next 12 months.
November 5, 2012—Tools vendors like greater capabilities SDK brings to smartphone apps, even if new PCs are needed to test code
November 1, 2012—The Jacksonville, Fla., Emergency Preparedness Division was saddled with an antiquated website that provided citizens with minimal information. In addition the city’s call center, which receives close to 1500 calls a day during non-emergency times, has experienced peaks that triple that number during emergencies, affecting personnel and costs.
October 31, 2012—Companies like Sencha and Xamarin will allow developers to write apps for Windows Phone 8 and other operating systems at the same time
October 18, 2012—Sencha has released Sencha Complete: Team, a full-featured enterprise software suite to help software developers create rich HTML5 apps for popular web browsers and operating systems. New perks include an Eclipse plugin, the desktop packager, data connectors, business data connectivity, connectors for SOAP (with WSDL support), AMF and a team license with limited indemnity.
October 10, 2012—Mobile app-dev golden path No. 2: Web-based development: The second, and quite popular, path is Web-based development. The app isn't really an app at all, but a customized website tailored to have the look and feel of an app. This is by far the simplest approach, and the app logic can readily tailor itself on the fly to different OS platforms. In iOS devices, you can even create an app icon using the Add to Home Screen feature in Safari, giving users more of the illusion of a native app.
September 13, 2012—Sencha, l'éditeur d'outils de développement HTML5, vient de dévoiler sa suite Sencha Complete Team, qui combine des produits existants avec un plug-in Eclipse, un outil pour packager les applications, et des connecteurs de données. Avec la suite d'outils de développement HTML5 Sencha Complete Team, les programmeurs seront en mesure de créer des applications professionnelles en HTML5 qui pourront être utilisées aussi bien en environnement de bureau, qu'en environnement mobile.
Le Monde Informatique
September 11, 2012—HTML5 tools vendor Sencha unveiled today Sencha Complete Team, which bundles existing tools with an Eclipse plug-in, a desktop application packager, and data connectors. Developers using the suite can build HTML5-based business applications for mobile and desktop environments. Sencha says developers can build applications using Web technologies and a single code base, then package them to run on multiple devices, including Apple's iPhone and iPad, Google Android devices, and OS X and Windows PCs.
September 11, 2012—The product's BYOD proposition rests upon its ability to enable teams to build apps using open web technologies and a single code base, then "package" them to run on practically any device or computer. This technology specifically targets multi-platform, multi-device business apps and combines Sencha's Ext JS and Touch frameworks with the firm's Sencha Architect visual app development tool. There are also advanced data connectors for SOAP/WSDL and AMF data sources plus early access to custom bug fixes, remote troubleshooting, and performance tuning.
September 11, 2012—Sencha Complete: Team is designed specifically for development teams that build multi-platform, multi-device business apps. It combines Sencha’s market-leading frameworks —Ext JS and Sencha Touch— with visual app development tool Sencha Architect, bundles in the Mobile Packager and new Desktop Packager, and further expands functionality with the new Sencha Eclipse Plug-in for Ext JS and advanced data connectors for SOAP/WSDL and AMF data sources. It also includes business-class support, which includes advanced services such as remote troubleshooting, early access to custom bug fixes, telephone support, and performance assessments.
September 2, 2012—Sencha is a backend-as-a-service (BAAS) provider for mobile applications. Sencha offers backend solutions and mobile application building tools and features. The Sencha API allows developers to access and integrate the functionality of Sencha with other applications and to create new applications. Some example API methods include retrieving URLs, sending and receiving messages, pushing notifications, and managing account information.
August 27, 2012—To accommodate a wide range of developers, Sencha plans to offer its forthcoming cloud-based services (which are still in beta) in several ways. These include a free tier so developers can gauge how their app is performing, as well as a paid service. "The consumer applications are much more like public media, if you will. There's a long tail. But where the spike is, it can be very large. We're allowing an affordable option in the long tail," Bansod said. "We don't want to be a complete burden on your own success. We want to share in your success."
August 27, 2012—Few developers (less than 10% of those surveyed) used visual editors probably, according to Chris Heilmann's report, because most of them are still in a “beta” or “alpha” stage. Adobe Edge and Sencha Animator led the field with the others being Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Flash, Adobe Photoshop, Codiqua, Construct 2, Hype, Playcanvas , Radi, Rhodes, Telrik, Tiggzi, Tiler, Wakanda, Web Developer Add-on, WebMatrix.
August 21, 2012—Since the last time I wrote on this topic, more tools have been released to the market, each giving a different approach to building rich HTML5-based mobile applications. On the “light” side, there are programming libraries like JQuery Mobile which facilitate building web-based apps which look like native apps but which run within the browser. On the “heavy” side, there are mobile enterprise application platforms, such as SAP’s Unwired Platform, which allow developers to build native apps for multiple operating systems, but with a single code base. In between, there is a lot of competition, including Sencha Touch and Adobe PhoneGap, probably the two most popular tools on the market. To make things even more complicated, many of these technologies can be combined. No wonder companies are struggling to take a decision!
Finextra - Innovation in Financial Services
August 16, 2012—There’s been a land rush on hardware acceleration by browser-makers looking for new ways to speed up their products and ensure games and other apps perform well on their systems. As HTML5 specialist Sencha points out here, using GPU for general web page rendering might be a waste. The more obvious use is for graphics and games with lots of rendering – with things like quickly changing images zooming in and out on a subject.
August 16, 2012—SAP annonce également une licence gratuite de développement, un nouveau programme partenaire pour les applications mobiles et un support additionnel pour l’intégration des logiciels de développement leaders du marché – Adobe, Appcelerator Titanium et Sencha – avec la plateforme mobile de SAP. L’entreprise invite l’ensemble de la communauté des développeurs à co-innover avec elle et à créer différentes applications mobiles pour les environnements B2B et B2C.
August 15, 2012—Der Visual App Builder Sencha Architect zum Erstellen von Sencha Touch- und Ext JS-Apps wurde mit dem ersten Minor Update auf v2.1 erheblich aufgeräumt. So wurde der Speicherbedarf eigenen Messungen zufolge mehr als halbiert und die Ladezeit je nach Szenario auf die Hälfte oder gar ein Viertel reduziert, wenn man die Daten mit dem ursprünglichen 2.0 Release vom April vergleicht.
August 3, 2012—Mobile apps have different needs than typical app development. They need to anticipate poorly connected networks, rapidly changing customer requirements, and a very high bar for user experience. “With a mobile BaaS, developers can focus on the customer experience, and not worry about having to write repetitive and often redundant back-end code,” said Aditya Bansod, vice president of product management at Sencha, which offers a mobile BaaS platform.
August 2, 2012—HTML5 is really picking up steam this week with SAP, Adobe, Google and Microsoft all announcing additional support, programs and products this week that relate to HTML5. SAP announced a free mobile developer license, a new SAP Mobile Apps Partner program and additional support for integrating the HTML5-centric software development frameworks from Adobe, Appcelerator Titanium and Sencha with the SAP mobile platform.
Flex Developer's Journal
August 1, 2012—Native apps are faster for some operations – particularly anything very graphics-intensive. Graphic-intensive games won’t render as effectively in HTML5 anytime soon. However, increasingly, vendors like Sencha are working around many of the speed issues by doing things like embedding a map component that can be primed for loading maps — addressing the slowness you’ve seen in things like Google maps or other sites.
Silicon India - Mobile City
August 1, 2012—Sencha has worked with SAP to make it easier for users to build HTML5-based applications using Sencha Touch 2 and a new connector. The Touch 2 mobile application framework is used to build mobile applications for the enterprise. Using the new OData Connector for SAP, developers can connect to mobile offerings such as NetWeaver Gateway and the Sybase Unwired Platform.
July 30, 2012—SAP AG has launched a free mobile developer license, a new SAP Mobile Apps Partner program and additional support for integrating the software development frameworks from Adobe, Appcelerator Titanium and Sencha with the SAP mobile platform.
July 20, 2012—With the emergence of HTML5, cross platform mobile development tools and cloud computing, the mobile application market is shifting. Mobile developers are consolidating on Android and Apple and the flexibility of the mobile web is helping to elevate it to the third most popular platform.
Research and Markets
July 11, 2012—Enterprises are racing to connect legacy data to increasingly critical mobile applications. The companies that get there first will gain significant competitive advantages, but the traditional means of tying together existing data and mobile apps are difficult and expensive. A new class of startups delivering what is known as back-end as a service, or BaaS, plans to change all that.
July 9, 2012—Sencha Touch 2: Sencha Touch 2 is a mobile application framework that's been billed as the cornerstone of Sencha's HTML5 platform. Developers can build applications to work on iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Kindle Fire, and other devices. The product expands access to native device APIs, allowing HTML5 developers to leverage hardware features.
July 2, 2012—Google has released its grip on the development of the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) and moved it under the control of a steering committee comprising developers from Google, Sencha, Red Hat, ArcBees, Vaadin, mgwt and other GWT advocates such as Thomas Broyer, Christian Goudreau and Daniel Kurka. First released as open source in 2006 and controlled by Google, GWT will now be under the control of a committee which will set out a direction for future GWT development, approve new committers, review code, administer releases, adjust the GWT development processes and work as master committers on the GWT project.
June 29, 2012—In addition to its acquisitions, SAP is augmenting its mobile offering further with the development of two mobile application development accelerators. Long-term partner Prologa is developing SAP Mobile Application Management, which should be ready for release later in 2012. In 2012, SAP also struck alliances with Adobe, Appcelerator, and Sencha to make the vendors’ mobile development environments available on SAP’s Sybase Unwired Platform.
June 29, 2012—With the GWT steering committee, Google goes from being a gatekeeper to a peer among equals, with the committee controlling the road map of GWT. "It will no longer be Google as a dictator," said Ray Cromwell, Google tech lead for GWT. He will serve as committee chairperson for the time being. Other companies represented on the committee include Vaadin, Sencha, and Red Hat, and other members include GWT advocates Thomas Broyer, Christian Goudreau, and Daniel Kurka.
June 20, 2012—AT&T and Facebook recently hosted a special hackathon for HTML5 mobile app developers with a focus on social networking. The event was held in the heart of Silicon Valley at the AT&T Foundry® innovation center. Apps were judged based on the ability to articulate what the app does, the originality of the idea, and on the use of Node.JS, Sencha, cloud9ide.com, Heroku and other technologies.
June 13, 2012—This year, the tablet sector is gaining serious attention from users and developers. While Apple's iPad dominates the market, Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows 8 tablets are gaining in popularity, as their respective operating systems become more refined. Application innovators are responding in kind by bringing their disruptive skills to the corporate and enterprise world, giving scope and purpose to mobile users in the business world. There is no question that the opportunities are opening up almost faster than entrepreneurs can respond.
May 30, 2012—Programming is in fact highly accessible, and the entire technology community (yes, Facebook, Google, Skype, Apple executives and all) want you to try it out. It's just like learning a new language in your free time. You're just using an iPhone instead of Rosetta Stone to do it. Here are some suggestions, courtesy of our speakers, on how to get over that initial apprehension: To get started, watch Stanford's CS106A lectures on YouTube, download the starter code, and try the projects for yourself; write an iPhone or Android application, and see it through. Web platforms such as Sencha make mobile programming more accessible to anyone. Conceptualize your app, write the code, test it out with users, and then make it better.
May 20, 2012—Rather than adapting a web page down to the tablet form factor and requiring users to scroll vertically, publishers should embrace swiping. Users are not perturbed at all to see a full page interstitial ad stuck into the mix while paging through content, making the tablet extremely monetizable. Swiping is very difficult to code for mobile web. Fortunately, there are turnkey solutions such as Pressly and OnSwipe that make it easy for simple sites to create swipeable tablet editions. Extensions to jQuery Mobile and Sencha Touch make it easy for programmers to add swiping features to their mobile HTML.
May 16, 2012—Sencha describes Sencha Architect 2, the latest incarnation of its visual Web development tool, as "a massive upgrade to Ext Designer," the previous version. The name change from Designer to Architect reflects the product's new focus. Instead of a tool for building Web UIs, Sencha says the new version is suitable for creating complete Web applications, both for UI designers and back-end developers.
May 15, 2012—By 2015, IDC predicts that 80% of all mobile apps will be based wholly or in part on HTML5. It makes sense: As HTML5 evolves, it gains access to many features that were once the sole domain of native code. Audio and video playback have been problems that are now beginning to improve, and several companies including Sencha, appMobi and Mozilla are working on ways to give HTML5 better device access to objects such as a device’s camera and accelerometer.
May 14, 2012—Sencha put the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 through their various tests for HTML5 and found that it had improved upon an already solid HTML5 platform. In their previous scorecard they said that the PlayBook OS 1.0 was superior to Android 3.0’s browser overall and an excellent HTML5 platform. Their follow up scorecard for PlayBook OS 2.0 goes even further to call it a Very Fine HTML5 browser...
May 8, 2012—I asked Sencha's CEO Michael Mullany for his prediction on what percentage of enterprise mobility apps will be based on HTML5 by 2014. He answered, "50% will be HTML5, 20% native and 30% will be hybrid HTML5 apps. I read that as 80% of enterprise mobility applications will be using some form of HTML5 by 2014. Wow!
Mobile Enterprise Strategies
May 3, 2012—Research In Motion has big plans for its next-generation platform, BlackBerry 10, expected for release later this year. However, in order to compete with market leaders iOS and Android, the company will need strong support from the mobile application development community... The BlackBerry 10 platform "offers quite a bit of promise" for developers creating HTML5 apps, Aditya Bansod, senior director of product management at Sencha, told TechNewsWorld. "We've done a lot of work on the platform, especially the browser, which is first-class."
April 30, 2012—By collaborating with Adobe, Appcelerator and Sencha, SAP will enable millions of developers to effectively build mobile apps based on their choice of client architectures.
April 30, 2012—SAP is on a strategic partnership with Adobe, Appcelerator and Sencha to drive mobile apps development. As per the partnership, SAP would enable millions of developers to effectively build mobile apps based on their choice of client architectures - from native to hybrid web container to mobile web. Developers are let to leverage enterprise mobile application platform from SAP.
April 26, 2012—Another HTML5 tool emerges from Sencha’s lineup. The innovator has now enabled mobile and desktop application developers to collaborate around the creation of web apps that will unleash full HTML5 capabilities via Sencha Architect 2. Together with Sencha Touch 2 and Ext JS 4, this new tool boasts a visual canvass and editing facility that help maximizes developer productivity, drives best practices in application design patterns, facilitates collaboration within the group and ensures the generation of high-quality code.
April 25, 2012—Aditya Bansod, Senior Director of Product Management at Sencha, offers an introduction to HTML5 application development for mobile environments.
April 18, 2012—Sencha Architect 2 is built on EXT Designer and allows developers to not only build user interfaces, but entire mobile applications. This is based on HTML5 and allows for full app development, with Sencha Touch 2 (another portion of the HTML5 development suite) available for mobile applications. This is the evolution of Sencha's design tool, according to Aditya Bansod, senior director of product management at Sencha.
April 17, 2012—Sencha Architect 2 builds on the company’s HTML5 layout tool, Ext Designer, expanding its capabilities to offer a comprehensive application design environment for building desktop and mobile Web applications. Used in conjunction with Sencha Touch 2 and Ext JS 4, Sencha Architect 2 aims to increase developer productivity and drive best practices in application design patterns. InfoQ had a short Q&A with Aditya Bansod, senior director of product management at Sencha abut their new product.
April 17, 2012—Developer tool and software company Sencha Inc. on Tuesday announced a new brand in HTML5 UI design and coding called Sencha Architect 2. The software is aimed at Web designers and users who want to create cross-platform HTML5 apps in a visual, drag and drop environment.
April 17, 2012—HTML5 framework provider Sencha has introduced Sencha Architect 2, the evolution of its drag-and-drop Ext Designer application. Sencha Architect 2 builds upon Ext Designer by expanding the program’s support for building desktop and mobile Web applications.
April 17, 2012—A developer can put together an application using the tool's drag-and-drop capabilities, but writing code is also made easier. Sencha has introduced Architect 2, a cross-platform development tool for HTML5-based mobile and desktop apps that aims to make it easier to create applications with the help of a new graphical user interface, the company said on Tuesday. Architect 2 is an upgrade of Sencha's Ext Designer. But early on, the company decided it didn't want to develop just another interface designer, but a complete application builder, where the architecture and the interface of an app could be created and properly structured for development.
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April 17, 2012—Making an HTML5 app just got easier. Sencha, a provider of HTML5 frameworks and tools for desktop and mobile application developers, just released Sencha Architect 2. Sencha Architect 2, is a HTML5 visual app builder that was created using Sencha’s own HTML5 tools. It includes full code editing capabilities and built-in one-click native packaging for iOS and Android that eases app deployment to Apple’s app store and Google Play. I had the opportunity to ask the senior director of product management at Sencha, Aditya Bansod a few questions about the new release.
April 13, 2012—SAP addressed its developer ecosystem this week by forming agreements with Adobe, Appcelerator, and Sencha to provide an open mobile application development framework on the company's own eponymously named mobile platform.
April 11, 2012—One of the largest software companies in the world just made a series of moves that could make it one of the most powerful enterprise mobile developers in the world. Hidden within SAP's Hana database platform announcement yesterday was the fact that the company signed three strategic partnerships with leading U.S. mobile development firms, signaling what could be a huge shift in the balance of power in the race for enterprise mobile dollars.
April 10, 2012—In addition, SAP announced agreements with Adobe, Appcelerator and Sencha to provide developers with a mobile app development framework. Sencha Touch is an HTML 5 mobile application framework. The framework allows for development on iOS, Android, Blackberry and other platforms.
April 10, 2012—SAP unveiled its immediate and long-term plans for HANA and Sybase, demonstrating how the business management software provider aims to become a leading database vendor.
April 9, 2012—Sencha, the company behind the popular Sencha Touch toolkit, has written an entry in its HTML5 Scorecard series about Apple's new iPad. Due to performance regressions and the removal of true localStorage persistence in application-embedded Web views, Sencha says that the new iPad is a step backwards for mobile Web developers.
April 9, 2012—As the internet takes to center-stage, browsers and the user-experience they deliver are becoming increasingly important. This scenario has HTML 5 being hailed as the future of the web, whether for the desktop or on mobile platforms.
April 5, 2012—Sencha, an HTML 5 tools vendor, last week posted its “HTML 5 Scorecard” for the new iPad and iOS 5.1, calling the results a “mixed bag” for Apple. The vendor’s scoring weighs two criteria: completeness – how much of the various HTML 5 elements are present – and correctness – how well it supports these elements, says Aditya Bansod, senior director, product management, for the Redwood City, Calif., software company.
March 7, 2012—Sencha Inc has released Sencha Touch 2.0, a major update to its "high-performance HTML5 mobile application framework". The company claims that its product is the "only framework that enables developers to build fast and visually impressive applications that rival native applications". The update significantly improves performance, along with providing single-command packaging for app store distribution. We spoke to Aditya Bansod (AB), senior director of product management at Sencha, about the new release and what it means for developers.
March 7, 2012—Sencha has released the next version of its HTML5-based development framework for touch screen applications. Sencha Touch 2 brings improved performance, especially for applications targeting Android.
March 7, 2012—The big news about Sencha Touch 2 is that it lets web developers create native apps for Android and iOS that can be distributed through their respective app markets. This also means that developers who use Windows as their development platform can now create iOS apps for iPhone and iPad without buying a Mac, learning Objective C, and using Xcode.
March 6, 2012—Sencha Touch 2 forms the cornerstone of the Sencha HTML5 Platform, the suite of Sencha technologies that spans the entire app development lifecycle, including the design, development, packaging, and deployment of HTML5 applications. This latest version of the industry’s most popular mobile development framework includes new features that enable developers to tap into native device APIs and Web data sources to and enhance the functionality and power of their HTML5 apps.
March 6, 2012—If you’re biting your fingernails waiting for the screen the scroll or a button to activate, you may even forget what it is you were trying to do in the first place, wasting more time. One potential solution comes from developer tools company Sencha. The company says its latest upgrade, Sencha Touch 2.0, offers mobile developers a way to create speedier HTML 5 apps that can run across a variety of devices from smartphones to tablets.
March 6, 2012—Developers now have the ability to create natively packaged iOS applications from both Mac- and Windows-based computers with today’s release of Sencha Touch 2. Sencha Software, a provider of software tools to create and deploy mobile and desktop applications for multiple platforms, announced the release of Sencha Touch 2, which the company is calling a “cornerstone” in its HTML5 development ecosystem, which also includes Sencha.io, Ext JS and Sencha Designer.
March 6, 2012—With this release, Sencha’s engineers aimed to make standards-based Webapps rival native apps on all the top devices and browsers. Sencha Touch 2 includes an updated and easier to use API, enhanced MVC, and richer documentation. To harness local hardware and system services, Sencha Touch 2 provides access to a wider set of native device APIs, allowing HTML5 developers to take advantage of hardware features.
March 6, 2012—“It’s a major step forward for developers since your development platform no longer limits your choice of app stores,” says Avins. “For enterprises standardized on Windows, you can use Sencha SDK Tools to package your iOS app as a part of your own internal build process.”
March 6, 2012—Mobile HTML5 developer framework Sencha wants to be more than just a tool to develop hybrid mobile applications. The company's roadmap for 2012 is to become an end-to-end solution for designing, developing and deploying HTML5 applications and is taking its first steps toward that goal today by releasing Sencha Touch 2 out of beta. Sencha Touch 2 gives developers a better user interface for developing HTML5 that will give consumers a more robust user experience.
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February 27, 2012—Today, there is little doubt the industry has embraced HTML5 as the best solution for cross-browser, cross-device rich application development and delivery. Witness the demise of Flex, the repositioning of Flash, and Microsoft’s announcement that Silverlight 5 would be the last version for the browser.
Performance “has been the one area that keeps people up late at night,” said Aditya Bansod, senior director of product management at development platform provider Sencha. ... “User experience and what works well on mobile devices have been well-defined in the last three years. There’s a lot of knowledge being built up around that.”
February 27, 2012—
Facebook today announced it is joining over 30 device manufacturers, carriers, and developers that are accelerating the improvement and standardization of mobile browsers: the W3C Mobile Web Platform Core Community Group. Companies in the group include: Samsung, HTC, Sony Mobile Communications, Nokia, Huawei, ZTE, TCL Communication, AT&T, Verizon, Vodafone, Orange, Telefónica, KDDI, SOFTBANK MOBILE Corp., Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc., NVIDIA, ST-Ericsson, Intel Corporation, Texas Instruments, Broadcom, Mozilla, Opera, Microsoft, Adobe, Netflix, VEVO, Zynga, @WalmartLabs, Electronic Arts, Sencha, and Bocoup.
February 27, 2012—A coalition of 30 technology companies hopes to turn the Web into a competitive platform for building mobile applications. They have launched a Core Mobile Web Platform (coremob) community group through the W3C to provide a venue for collaborating on next-generation mobile Web standards. ... In addition to Mozilla and Facebook, the coremob community group also includes major mobile network operators, hardware manufacturers, mobile platform vendors, and other Web companies. The lineup includes AT&T, Verizon, Samsung, HTC, Nokia, Intel, Microsoft, Opera, Adobe, Netflix, Zynga, Sencha, among others. Conspicuously absent from the list: Apple and Google.
February 22, 2012—There are several companies and developer studios doing great things with HTML5. Sencha and appMobi are both working on the spec and the ecosystem that will help developers create dynamic Web apps and get paid. Brightcove is taking great steps with HTML5 video and there are a variety of game development studios (like Zynga) that are pushing the bounds of the spec.
February 22, 2012—That said, it is relatively straightforward to efficiently deliver an excellent mobile Web experience. Libraries like jQuery mobile and Sencha mobile provide excellent HTML5 iPhone-style user interface controls, and it is easy enough in modern web frameworks such as PHP and Ruby to detect what type of device is requesting content and delivering a customized page for particular screen sizes, known as the "if viewport then" technique.
February 14, 2012—We reported on Flex's acceptance into the Apache incubator back in January. Do you think that the platform will continue to be actively developed in the coming months and years, or will it die out relatively quickly? Was Adobe's jettisoning the project, and the broader move away from mobile Flash, really its death knell?
February 12, 2012—Sencha, the company behind the increasingly popular Sencha Touch mobile Web toolkit, has published a hands-on analysis of Chrome for Android in the latest installment of the company's HTML5 Developer Scorecard series, which rates the advanced Web capabilities of new mobile devices and browsers. The report is largely positive and highlights some important new Web features supported by Chrome for Android, such as the new -webkit-overflow-scrolling: touch CSS property. The report concludes that Chrome for Android is "a big leap forward" for Android.
February 10, 2012—Development tool maker Sencha has launched a new program aimed at convincing developers who use Adobe Flex to give Sencha's HTML5 tools a try. The program includes a free webinar, road show training events, white papers and new features that make it easier to use existing back ends with user interfaces that utilize Sencha technology.
February 9, 2012—Flex developers who want to develop rich Web apps and user experiences will now be able to leverage the Sencha suite of professional tools, which have been designed to enable faster and seamless transition to open Web technologies that are HTML5-based, in order to develop HTML5 Web apps and mobile-packaged applications.
February 9, 2012—When programming apps for mobile devices, choice becomes dilemma. Do you target the iPhone market at the expense of Android's rising tide? Do you go native or write code to the mobile Web? Sure, a single stack of code that performs optimally on a variety of platforms and form factors would be the dream, but the reality is a fragmented mobile market in which rudimentary programming tasks can be a challenge. Thankfully, a talented crop of developers are building worthwhile mobile tools and libraries to aid mobile developers -- especially those who are targeting the mobile Web. Here are a dozen eye-catching projects that ease the pain of developing apps for the mobile Web.
February 8, 2012—In early December, Google released the latest major upgrade to its Android mobile operating system, Android 4, codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich. For Web developers, this represented a prime litmus test of Android: could HTML5 be a viable cross-platform solution for building on both iOS and Android? At Sencha, we've examined the latest versions of both Apple's iOS (version 5) and Android (version 4) to understand what each platform offers the Web application developer and its specific advantages and merits
February 3, 2012—Today we released Sencha Touch 2.0 PR4 – the fourth and final preview release before we hit beta. While we’re technically calling this one a preview release, we’re pretty happy with the performance, stability and overall quality of this release and consider it exceptionally close to beta quality. As well as a good number of enhancements and bug fixes PR4 brings a couple of long-awaited improvements to two of the most important parts of Sencha Touch – the data package and the application architecture.
January 27, 2012—There are many ways of creating Web applications and creating them for the enterprises is not the same as developing a Web site for a pizzeria in your neighborhood. During the last five years we’ve been using mainly Adobe Flex for development of the front end of Web applications. Flex applications work in a well known and predictable run-time environment called Flash Player. The code is compiled and you have convenient tools for development. Flex is undergoing “Under New Management” transformations these days. Even though Flex remains the best framework for development of Web applications, you can feel the pressure of HTML5.
Flex Developer's Journal
January 23, 2012—CEO of web framework and tool provider Sencha, Michael Mullany, states “Looking at the phenomenal rise of HTML5 as the next industry standard for Web development, it's clear that 2011 has been a transformational year for this powerful set of Web technologies.”
January 23, 2012—In 2005, Adobe acquired Macromedia for $3.4 billion to branch out from conventional print publishing into the dynamic web market, largely to get ahold of Flash. Using web standards, Apple has bridged conventional publishing with dynamic, interactive animation in iBooks Author, and Sencha has demonstrated how to extend iBooks with custom, Flash-free animations.
January 20, 2012—In case you have not been paying attention RIM is making a huge focus on mobile browser/web development and HTML5 as a platform for the BlackBerry PlayBook OS and BlackBerry 10. A friend of mine sent me a great article by Sencha listing their 2012 HTML5 wishlist and it was interesting to see that their number one wish for “Better Mobile Browser Debugging” is something the BlackBerry PlayBook has done since launch and now BlackBerry smartphones have it too. As somebody once told me the best way to debug a Website/HTML5 App for any mobile platform is on the BlackBerry PlayBook.
Flex Developer's Journal
January 11, 2012—AT&T's HTML5 SDK is built around Sencha Touch and Ext JS. Sencha Touch is a powerful user interface framework developed by Sencha Labs that is used for building touchscreen-friendly mobile Web applications. One of the strengths of Sencha Touch is that it offers a standard widget set that allows developers to create mobile Web experiences that feel like native applications.
January 10, 2012—Sencha has revealed its HTML5 wish-list for 2012, and also what from its 2011 list came true. According to the post by Michael Mullany, the hit-rate during 2011 was four out of 10. Those items that came to pass were a richer CSS3 effects toolbox, high-performance 'position: fixed' for mobile, pervasive GPU acceleration, and websockets stabilisation.
January 10, 2012—What do developers want to see for HTML5 in 2012? It is an evolving standard and while 2011 was a great year for HTML5 innovation, there are still many aspects that could be implemented or upgraded.
December 30, 2011—In April 2010 Apple founder Steve Jobs wrote a letter released publicly that called out Flash as proprietary and slow in explaining to millions of computer users why his company was throwing its weight behind technologies such as HTML5. HTML5 allows programmers to incorporate neat effects for Websites and apps on their desktops, tablets and smartphones without tailoring apps for specific hardware or online stores. Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen fired back at Jobs in defense of Flash, but the die had been cast, at least for Flash on mobile devices. Fast forward to November 2011, when Adobe conceded that Flash was perhaps not the best user experience for mobile devices. Even if 2011 technically wasn't the year Adobe's Flash multimedia software died, it was certainly the year HTML5 soared to new heights under the aegis of tech titans such as Google, Apple, Microsoft and others. Now eWEEK walks through a sampling of HTML5 use cases, product news and happenings of 2011.
December 21, 2011—There are also a variety of different single-code-based export applications available for mobile developers, like Sencha’s SenchaTouch software. Many of these allow developers to create an application, and then export it to mobile HTML5, iOS, Android and Windows Phone 7 applications. These may prove to be essential as the HTML5 standard is further established.
December 21, 2011—With both Apple and Google recently releasing highly-anticipated operating systems, many are wondering which one delivers the best performance - Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, or Apple iOS 5? HTML 5 framework provider Sencha has gone some way to answering this, having conducted thorough browser tests for each OS.
December 20, 2011—Todd Ogasawara speaks with the senior director of product management at Sencha, Aditya Bansod, about the firm’s web app development products: Sencha Touch, Sencha Touch Charts, Sencha.io, and more.
December 16, 2011—It’s fast becoming acknowledged that a mobile website is a must for almost any business, before you even look at which platforms to develop apps for. It’s self-evident really: any app can only reach the people using the operating system it’s designed for, whereas a mobile-optimised site is a catch-all that a brand can use to potentially engage with anyone on a mobile phone with a browser.
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Inside Mobile Apps
December 15, 2011—So if you're thinking about developing for the Kindle Fire, you might want to read Sencha's full evaluation. You'll know what you can rely on and what you can't -- recognizing a little more clearly how the Fire isn't exactly designed to work like iPad-like tablet PCs.
December 14, 2011—Sencha has put together an HTML 5 scorecard for Ice Cream Sandwich using the new Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and has found that ICS is a huge step forward for Android, but still lags behind iOS just a bit in features. In testing ICS, Sencha used a variety of tests including: Acid3, SunSpider, Modernizr, Animator and Touch Kitchen Sink.
December 14, 2011—In Sencha's latest HTML5 benchmark, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich was put through the paces. The newest flagship Android device acquitted itself well. As Sencha puts it; "The Galaxy Nexus is a big step forward for developers looking to leverage HTML5 on Android." See the details below.
December 14, 2011—Although Android Ice Cream Sandwich makes some big leaps in HTML5 browser performance, Apple's iOS 5 is still the king, according to a study by Sencha.
December 13, 2011—Alright, fanboys: get your flamethrowers ready. HTML5 framework development house Sencha has just put a wide array of performance tools to use to answer one of life's geekiest questions: Who's got the better browser, Android 4 or iOS 5?
December 12, 2011—Ted Patrick has worked both for Barnes & Noble and for Adobe, working on the Flex application builder. He has worked most of his career as a consultant, evangelist or community manager while also refining his developer chops, an important skill when dealing with the ecosystem of app builders coming from a variety of different perspectives. We took a little time to talk with Patrick last week to hear his thoughts on development, what it takes to be in developer relations and where he sees Sencha going.
December 6, 2011—HTML5 is fundamentally changing the way developers approach the Web. Whether it is for desktop browsers or mobile, the language and standards of the future are not some distant point on the horizon. It is right now.
Aftermarket Business World
November 24, 2011—I spoke to Michael Mullany, CEO of Sencha, a company which creates HTML5 frameworks and tools for desktop and mobile browsers. Ext JS is aimed at desktop browser applications, while Sencha Touch is for mobile devices, currently Apple iOS, Google Android and Blackberry 6+. Sencha’s tools include Ext Designer, a visual application builder for Ext JS, and Sencha Animator, a designer for CSS 3 animations. Sencha Touch apps can also be packaged as native apps for iOS or Android.
November 22, 2011—One of the major selling points for the Kindle Fire is its Amazon Silk Web browser — a cloud-accelerated browser that turbo boosts page load times with Amazon's supercomputers. Turns out the speed boosts aren't really much to boast about. According to benchmarks testings by Sencha, the Kindle Fire's Amazon Silk browser has virtually "no to low impact from 'Accelerated Browsing." They conclude that the Fire "isn't designed to run HTML5 apps as a primary goal."
November 21, 2011—A developer using Sencha Touch reports that translating large existing websites built with Adobe Flash to HTML5 mobile sites accessible to iOS users can now be performed by 1 or 2 people in just three weeks.
November 19, 2011—So what does the future hold for Flash? I imagine Flash eventually being used more as a creative tool than a delivery format. As Adobe continues to put more effort into exporting HTML5-ready assets from Flash Pro, it tells me the swf may be slowly dying for desktop, too. Tools like Adobe Edge and Sencha are quickly hitting the marketplace to provide designers an interface that will create experiences in a similar fashion to working within Flash Pro.
November 19, 2011—The latest generation Web development frameworks, such as Vaadin, GWT-Ext [Smart GWT], Sencha, and so forth, may have solved these browser incompatibility issues, reducing the need for Flex.
November 10, 2011—The focus of the mobile world has turned to HTML5. Right now, HTML5 is positioning itself to be the No. 3 mobile platform behind Apple's iOS and Google's Android and we will see that evolution take place over the next couple of years. HTML5 runs besides these platforms through the mobile browser. That begs the question: which major mobile platform has the best toolset for HTML5 integration?
November 9, 2011—One of the stated goals of HTML5, at least for some groups, is to replace the Flash plug-in, the gold standard for making sprites and letters dance across the screen. This change is slowly coming as the game industry and the presentation industry start to duplicate some of the sophisticated tools available in the Flash universe.
November 9, 2011—Sencha's recent (November) study supports the Blaze.io position, pointing out that Safari on iOS is much faster than before. Its tests showed that iOS 5 is a much better platform for rendering, WebGL, compass directions and much more.
November 9, 2011—Toolkits such as PhoneGap and Sencha Touch are hitting full stride with mature development frameworks that enable HTML5 developers and designers to make native iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry applications using their existing skillsets.
November 1, 2011—Today, there is an app for everything, right from games to entertainment to photography to horoscope, almost. You name it and there is probably an app for it! Looking at the market prospects of an app --either free or paid, there is a sense of urgency and excitement to get an app out in the market as soon as possible. Whether you develop it inhouse or get it designed by a third party, the goal is to get the app out as quickly as possible and on as many mobile platforms as possible.
October 27, 2011—$15 million—A Series B venture round for Sencha, the Redwood City, CA-based maker of development tools and Web services for builders of HTML5 applications. Jafco Ventures led the round, which was joined by existing investors Sequoia Capital and Radar Partners
October 26, 2011—Sencha has released a beta version of its mobile cloud service that the company says makes it easy for developers to build applications that deliver shared experiences. Senca.io is the first mobile HTML 5 cloud, the company said.
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October 25, 2011—A beta version of Sencha's mobile cloud service, aimed at developers building shared applications, has been released. The product, named Senca.io, is the first mobile HTML 5 cloud, according to the company. Mobile apps go well beyond just the client device, and they need to be able to create, store, and share data and messages with the application's users, Aditya Bansod, Sencha's senior director of product management, wrote in a blog entry.
Application Development Trends
October 25, 2011—Sencha, a Redwood City, Calif.-based developer of HTML5 tools, raised $15m in Series B funding. The round was led by Jafco Ventures, with participation from existing investors Sequoia Capital and Radar Partners. The company intends to use the funds to enhance products, add developers, and expand its Silicon Valley office premises.
October 25, 2011—Mobile web apps are mostly defined by their "if onlys" — if only they had the feel of native apps, if only they could fully interact with devices, etc. James Pearce, (@jamespearce), senior director of developer relations at Sencha, has a more optimistic take on mobile web apps. In the following interview, Pearce discusses promising web app technologies, and he explains why device APIs could make the web a lot more interesting. Pearce also weighs in on developers' current concerns, such as backward web app compatibility and testing across devices.
October 25, 2011—Content providers are the clearest winners from the widespread adoption of HTML5. Instead of having to develop dedicated applications for each mobile platform, to give their customers a compelling experience, they will be able to offer a singel, HTML5-based offering that will run across desktops and mobile devices — greatly reducing their development costs. DirecTV has launched an HTML5 interface using cross-platform HTML5 framework Sencha, for example. Comedy news site The Onion was able to develop its tablet front end in only 6 weeks by relying on HTML5.
October 25, 2011—A beta version of Sencha's mobile cloud service, aimed at developers building shared applications, has been released. The product, named Senca.io, is the first mobile HTML 5 cloud, according to the company.
Application Development Trends
October 25, 2011—Sencha Inc., which makes software for developing web-based applications for both desktop and mobile environments, has received another $15 million in a second round of funding led by Jafco Ventures, with participation from prior investors Sequoia Capital and Radar Partners. Redwood City-based Sencha, which is betting heavily on the HTML5 framework for Internet applications, previously raised a $14 million first round from Sequoia and Radar, announced in June 2010. Joe Horowitz, managing general partner of Jafco Ventures, will join the Sencha board of directors.
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October 25, 2011—What a week Sencha is having. Just minutes ago, they announced their new HTML 5 cloud services suite, Sencha.io. Tomorrow morning, the company will announce they’ve raised a $15 million Series B.
October 25, 2011—Sencha, provider of HTML 5 tools for web and mobile developers, received $15 million in a second round of funding led by Jafco Ventures.
September 9, 2011—If you’re looking for a simple, smart and elegant online accounting solution for your small business, Xero has made its offering more enticing with the release of its iPhone app, Xero Touch, this week’s App of the Week.
September 8, 2011—Samsung will announce support for the Windows 8 tablet platform at next week's Microsoft developer conference, insiders say, in an attempt to broaden its options beyond Android in its battle with Apple’s iPad for tablet sales.
August 2, 2011—To help small businesses manage their finances on the fly, Xero has developed a free smartphone application for download from the Apple App Store.
Designed exclusively by Xero’s in-house development and design teams, Xero Touch is one of the new breed of hybrid apps built using Sencha Touch and packaged into an installable app using PhoneGap. It promises to deliver a simple workflow, with minimal effort required to input data into Xero.
June 1, 2011—The BlackBerry WebWorks platform that RIM rebranded and announced a bit back is really starting to coming into its own. Even before BlackBerry World I have see the platform grow and the BlackBerry PlayBook only helped it along. I have even been dabbling myself with a few apps that I created in the WebWorks SDK. The PlayBook browser really lets these apps shine with its faster processing speed but BlackBerry 7 should offer a similar experience.
April 26, 2011—Sencha plans to release Ext JS 4.0 today, bringing new features and some maturity to the software. Ext JS is a software foundation that lets programmers create Web sites that house active applications, not just static pages, that work not just on modern browsers but also on Microsoft’s ancient, despised, but still widely used IE6.
March 15, 2011—Given that it’s presently shipping without Flash, the Motorola Xoom needs to have some snappy HTML5 performance – but Sencha found it lacking.
March 1, 2011—One evaluation of how well the browser on Motorola’s spiffy new Xoom tablet supports HTML5 and other modern Web standards reaches a disappointing conclusion.
March 1, 2011—Open source web application frameworks specialist Sencha has been examining the new Motorola Xoom “Android Smart Tablet” from a developer’s point of view. The company says that although the tablet has only been available for a short time, developers and publishers want to know how it measures up to other tablets as a way to deliver rich content via web apps.