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Top 10 CXO trends to watch in 2017

—CEOs will become generalists – As we move deeper and deeper into the Digital Age and technology becomes more prevalent in all industries, CEOs will become generalists who are focused on building the right teams to succeed, rather than being an expert in every topic, said Art Landro, CEO of Sencha. “Every company in every industry, from agriculture, mining and manufacturing to logistics, financial services and healthcare, will become a technology company,” Landro said. “Additionally, every technology company will need a CTO who has a deep understanding of the company’s technological infrastructure, software development and support needs.”


Executive Insights on Web Application Development

—The keys to developing web applications are planning, UX, and using appropriate tools and technologies to optimize developer productivity.
To gather insights on the state of web application development today, we spoke to 12 companies developing web applications or providing web application development tools to their clients, including Craig Gering, VP of Engineering at Sencha.


More data will be created in 2017 than the previous 5,000 years of humanity

—The focus in software will be getting your hands around all that data and being able to use it either strategically to make important long-term decisions, or in real-time to make operational decisions – as there is no value to the data being created if you can’t use it. In order to get ahead and stay ahead of the competition, it will be critical for organizations to leverage web application lifecycle management platforms that have the capability to consume huge amounts of data and present that data in a way that helps them make the right decisions.

App Developer Magazine

2017 DevOps Predictions – Part 5

—More data was created in the last two years than the previous 5,000 years of humanity. In 2017, we will create even more data in one year alone. The type of data created is expanding rapidly across a wide range of industries: biotech, energy, IoT, healthcare, automotive, space and deep sea explorations, cybersecurity, social media, telecom, consumer electronics, manufacturing, gaming and entertainment – the list goes on. Yet, recent research has found that less than 0.5 percent of that data is actually being analyzed for operational decision making. The focus in software will be getting your hands around all that data and being able to use it either strategically to make important long-term decisions, or in real-time to make operational decisions – as there is no value to the data being created if you can’t use it. In order to get ahead and stay ahead of the competition, it will be critical for organizations to leverage web application lifecycle management platforms that have the capability to consume huge amounts of data and present that data in a way that helps them make the right decisions.
– Art Landro, CEO


Five Technology Trends to Look Out For In 2017

—Software developers will rule the digital world.
While developing and building relationships with customers over the last year, I’ve learned that many executives’ number one challenge is finding quality software developers. Today, we live and work in a world where there continues to be massive growth in technological advances and an explosion of technical choices. In this world, developers – specifically, software developers wielding web technology skills and tools that turn ideas into amazing applications which drive operations and businesses around the planet – rule.


How Web-Based Tech Drives App Development

—Organizations expect to increase their investments in web-based technologies to enhance the efficiency and quality of their app development, according to a recent survey from Sencha. The resulting report, “The State of the Modern Web,” indicates that web technology enables developers to support multiple browsers and screen sizes for both desktop and mobile app projects. Findings also report on the emergence of web apps, which enable organizations to avoid building apps separately for every needed platform.

Baseline Magazine

The State of Modern Web: Desktop Is Not Dead

—Despite the buzz around smartphones, these research results confirm that the desktop is far from dead. The desktop remains the most critical platform for business applications due in part to the massive explosion in the complexity and volume of data.
And this growth in data is also driving the demand for increased data visualization techniques, such as D3, and analytics within the applications as users seek to make more informed strategic and operational decisions.


Sencha opens up about SenchaCon, developer challenges, and platform updates

—We caught up with Sencha’s CEO Art Landro to learn more about two announcements the company made at SenchaCon: an enhanced version of its Sencha Web Application Lifecycle Management Platform, and findings of an independent, worldwide survey conducted by Dimensional Research, which looks at how the needs and challenges of web developers and consumers are changing and underscores the importance of web applications for today’s businesses.

App Developer Magazine

Top Recommendations to Ensure Performance for the IoT – Part 2

—DATA BATCHES – One of the biggest challenges of building an IoT application is collating the data from various sources. But when an application makes many repetitive requests to different IoT devices to obtain data, it can slow app performance. As such, the best way to ensure performance of IoT applications is to consolidate data into batches. Data can be pushed to the application at low latency in small chunks, as it becomes available. At the same time, deploying an application through a web browser makes it’s usable across an extremely wide variety of devices.
– Daniel Gallo, Sales Engineer


New products of the week 11.14.16

—Sencha Web Application Lifecycle Management Platform – Key features: The next generation of the Sencha Platform allows developers to design, build and test data-intensive web applications and deliver the right user experience, on the right screen, at the right time. Key benefits include increased developer productivity, improved application quality and accelerated time-to-market for cross-platform web applications.

Network World

The “Post-PC Era” is Oddly Full of PCs

—While there was plenty of hoopla back when the smartphone was first starting to emerge that it would ultimately replace the desktop PC—and in many functions it has—the grim pronouncements about the death of the desktop seem to have never actually materialized. In fact, a new report from Sencha and Dimensional Research details how the so-called “Post-PC Era” has a lot of PCs still operating, and likely will for some time to come….Eighty percent of respondents called desktop applications absolutely essential for development for the next 12 months. By comparison, only 36 percent could say likewise about mobile apps.

Mobility Tech Zone

Next-Generation Web Application Lifecycle Management Platform

—Delivers more solutions for developers to design, develop and test web applications quickly and easily, reducing time to market. “More than ever, developers are under pressure to rapidly build – and maintain – data-intensive, cross-platform enterprise web applications. For this reason, developers are always looking for effective and well-supported technologies that benefit from the synergies of adoption by a large ecosystem.” said Al Hilwa, program director of software development research at IDC….”


Sencha Gets Behind Latest Version of JavaScript

—Fierce debates over the various approaches to developing Web versus mobile applications have been taking place for several years now. At a SenchaCon 2016 conference today, Sencha is aiming to put one of those debates to rest by adding support for JavaScript ES2015 to its Ext JS framework for building HTML5 applications using either JavaScript or Java.

IT Business Edge

SD Times news digest: Sencha announces web application platform updates

—“The increasing complexity and data-intensive nature of modern web applications means developers need a comprehensive solution to design, develop and test their applications, and get them to market as quickly as possible,” said Art Landro, CEO of Sencha.

The new version of the Web Application Lifecycle Management Platform will include enhancements to the Ext JS framework, new Angular 2 and React integrations, and integrations that will help JavaScript community developers build data-centric applications.

SD Times

Sencha Delivers Next-Generation Web Application Lifecycle Management Platform

—Sencha announced the next generation of its Web Application Lifecycle Management Platform. The Sencha Platform allows developers to design, build and test data-intensive web applications and deliver the right user experience, on the right screen, at the right time.


The desktop is not dead say web developers

—According to 80 percent of web developers, desktop applications are absolutely essential, and 93 percent say web technologies are critical to their strategy for desktop and mobile. These findings come from development platform Sencha which commissioned Dimensional Research to survey over 1,100 web development professionals.


Top Culture Changes to Make DevOps a Reality – Part 1

—The biggest DevOps challenge that many organizations face is the corporate policies that separate development and IT. It is critical that IT be given the freedom and resources to enable and empower DevOps, so the teams can use agile methodologies to shorten release cycles and reduce deployment time. This culture change may require executive sponsorship to break down these walls.
– Don Griffin, Director of Engineering


Top Factors That Impact Application Performance 2016 – Part 4

—Applications that perform well have to be built effectively and tested meticulously. As such, the biggest impact on application performance is new features. As developers introduce new code, overall performance is affected. Due to schedule pressures, there is often no time remaining to optimize performance. Balancing the demands of time to market and application performance is a requirement for all members of the development, ops, and executive teams.
– Don Griffin, Director of Engineering, Sencha


9 Tips for Running a ‘Tween’ Company

—Every company has a culture and, as a company grows up and takes on the awesome responsibility of more customers, partners and employees, the original culture needs to grow up along with that process. Let me tell you, culture is hard to change – especially if you don’t differentiate between the good culture and the bad culture, because there are both. When you hear comments like ‘we have always done it that way’ or ‘great idea, but you won’t convince the bosses,’ this might indicate bad culture and you should take steps to isolate it through new processes, peer-supplied alternatives or prioritization changes. Faster than you think, the bad culture will begin to recede.
– Art Landro, CEO of Sencha

IT Business Edge

Viewing and Analyzing IoT Data in Real-Time with HTML5 Web Applications

—The influx of IoT devices presents an unprecedented challenge for enterprise environments: businesses are more frequently faced with the task of aggregating, visualizing, and interacting with a variety of different data sources using a dashboard. Luckily, many IoT devices feature programmable APIs, enabling enterprises to hook up some kind of front-end to them.

By using a complete JavaScript-based application framework, developers can leverage a variety of widgets to build a flexible and powerful user interface that works across all device types and screen sizes, while at the same time structuring code efficiently with the help of common design patterns like MVC or MVVM.


10 steps to DevOps success in the enterprise

—Here are 10 things tech leaders should know about DevOps.
1. Remove corporate policies that separate development and IT.
“It’s critical that devs be given the freedom and resources to enable and empower DevOps, so the teams can use agile methodologies to shorten release cycles and reduce deployment time,” said Don Griffin, engineering director at Sencha. “This culture change requires management sponsorship to break down these walls.”


Best Cross-Platform Technologies For iOS, Android, and Windows Phone Apps

—Many web and web application developers are nowadays using Ext JS to build highly interactive app user interfaces with the help of a JavaScript library. The apps built through this tool use the combination of HTML5 and CSS3. The platform allows developers to comfortably create apps for multiple platforms. Use this tool to design and develop apps for Android and iOS powered smartphones and tablets.


Wyoming’s open source enterprise code library a secret no more

—As for some of the particulars of the code library, Wyoming chose Java with Sencha GXT for its development language, figuring this would be the language most employees would be familiar with, and ETS uses BitBucket Git as its code repository.


New products of the week 9.12.16

—Ext JS 6.2 new features help build powerful, data-rich, cross-platform web applications, bringing leading-edge data visualization capabilities (D3 and data analytics) to any Ext JS web application.

Network World

Twilio’s new Twilio Enterprise Plan, Sencha’s new data visualization enhancements, and Dell closes EMC merger

—Sencha has announced the availability of Ext JS 6.2, Sencha Cmd 6.2, Sencha Architect 4.0, and the new Sencha Themer 1.0. With these releases, Sencha introduces data visualization capabilities, such as new framework components, development tools, and solutions that will helps developers with productivity.
A new adapter and data-driven document library, D3.js, will help organizations find new ways to deliver their complex data for mobile and web applications. Developers can build visualizations that fit within their Ext JS applications by using this new adapter.

SD Times

Sencha Offers Service to Modernize Legacy Oracle Forms Apps

—”The converter automatically reads the Oracle Forms and converts them into a web app with Ext JS HTML5 output,” Mullarkey said. “Many customers will use the Sencha web application lifecycle management platform, including Ext JS, to modernize the front-end of their apps, so the UI is more modern and the application can utilize advanced data visualization and analytics capabilities.”


Sencha’s Ext JS To Help Modernize Oracle Legacy Apps

—Partnering with 4Morphis, Sencha leverages Ext JS, the most comprehensive JavaScript framework to help customers migrate their Oracle Forms applications into modern web and mobile applications in a matter of days, instead of weeks or months.

App Developer Magazine

Sencha helps modernize legacy Oracle apps

—That is why Sencha is expanding its offering with the news today that it is heading down the “legacy application modernization” route. Sencha is partnering with 4Morphis, leveraging Ext JS, a Javascript framework, to enable customers to migrate their Oracle Forms applications onto a modern web/mobile context. The opportunity for this sort of re-factoring of legacy applications is significant. There are countless legacy applications out there and a significant demand from organizations to modernize those applications.

Network World

Sencha CEO: 7 steps over the DevOps gap

—Landro examines exactly how can organisations address the gaps and disconnects between the operational and developer teams — and how can enterprises use the skills of the developer in order to successfully drive the business forward.

Computer Weekly

Sencha Teams with Speedment to Improve Web Application Responsiveness

—Sencha is now working with Speedment to help developers improve the performance of data-intensive web applications. Under the partnership, the companies are providing access to Ext JS, Sencha’s JavaScript platform for building data-intensive, cross-platform web applications, and Ext Speeder from Speedment, a tool that can reduce time to market for Ext JS projects, while helping to improve application responsiveness.

App Developer Magazine

16 Ways to Build a Better Dev Team

—Sencha’s senior director of product management, Gautam Agrawal, advises what he calls a passive recruitment strategy that gives you a sense of who’s available before you have a position to fill. “Just as employees look for opportunities, employers should also create a program where they are networking with candidates that they would like to have to generate a pool of candidates that would help them to pick someone when they actually need them,” Agrawal says.

This network-before-you-need approach should also be coupled with ongoing evaluation and development of your primary talent pool: current staff. “Evaluate existing employees before putting out new postings in the job boards,” Agrawal says. “It’s important for morale and very efficient to identify existing talent in the company and promoting those individuals.”


QCon New York kicks off its first day

—Sencha also has a booth where it discussed its Sencha Ext JS JavaScript framework for building feature-rich cross-platform web applications. The framework helps developers create their apps faster while still delivering a topflight user experience. Ext JS also integrates with the Sencha platform for comprehensive life-cycle management of web applications.

Developers can also use Sencha GXT, a UI framework for building data-rich HTML5 applications for both desktops and tablets using Java. This helps developers write applications in Java and compile their code into HTML5. Shikhir Singh, senior developer relations manager for Sencha, said that one of the main features of Sencha’s products is that they provide stability, which in turn gives users a better experience.

SD Times

CNX Widens Reach with Sencha Deal, Focus on Modernization

—Sencha runs into the IBM i platform quite a bit during its dealings with Global 2000 companies, Mullarkey says. One of the goals of the partnership is to increase the awareness that tools such as Valence exist, that there is a path forward to modernize legacy apps.

“IBM i . . . has a huge worldwide footprint,” the Sencha VP says. “These platforms are everywhere. Customers love them, for very good reasons, and they want to preserve them, but they want to extend them.”

IT Jungle

A Look Into the New Sencha Application Testing Platform

—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.

App Developer Magazine

JavaScript Most Popular Language: Stack Overflow Report

—”Technologies that make it easy to program in multiple locations, like JavaScript, are becoming more important,” Shikhir Singh, a senior developer relations manager at Sencha, told eWEEK. “That’s one of the great things about JavaScript is that you can code on the front end and the back end. You have technologies like Node that make it so easy to code the back end. And then there are front-ends like Sencha or any of the other ones that are out there. So you can hire developers with more or less one skill set, which is JavaScript today, and they can create some pretty amazing applications.”


2016 Software Industry Predictions… And Anti-Predictions

—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.


New products of the week

—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.

Network World

How Long Does it Take to Build a Custom App?

—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.

Sencha unveils Sencha Test

—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.

SD Times

10 Mobile App Trends for 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.”

Enterprise Apps Today

Web Apps: Bringing the Advantages of Native Apps to a Web Browser

—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.


Sencha Releases Latest Java Based Framework for Building HTML5 Web Apps

—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.

App Developer Magazine

Sencha CEO Art Landro Provides His 2016 Predictions

—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.

App Developer Magazine

Sencha GXT 4 now covers Java developers building Web apps

—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.

SD Times

Sencha bringt Plug-ins für Visual Studio und Eclipse

—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.

Heise Developer

Sencha Launches Visual Studio Plug-In, Joins Ecosystem

—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.


Sencha Ext JS Offers .NET Devs Short Cuts for Web Apps

—Sencha has released a preview of its Ext JS framework, which works as a Visual Studio plugin, that the company describes as a tool “that simplifies and accelerates the design and development of feature-rich HTML5 applications using JavaScript.” Sencha is demonstrating the plugin at the Visual Studio Live! conference in Orlando, Florida this week.

Visual Studio Magazine

Opinion: Tools for easier mobile app development

—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.


HTML5 On The Rise: No Longer Ahead Of Its Time

—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?


Taking a Closer Look at HTML5 After its First Year of Standardization

—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.”

SD Times

Study Shows that HTML5 Will Grow in 2016 as an App Development Platform

—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.

App Developer Magazine

Transforming the Web with HTML5

—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.

SD Times

Cross-platform mobile app development tools from Sencha

—Sencha’s mobile app development tools let developers build cross-platform apps using a single codebase, in this case either Java or JavaScript. Using a single codebase for cross-platform development cuts down significantly on build and implementation timelines, and allows developers to focus their efforts on building the best application possible without worrying about replicating the application multiple times for specific operating system requirements.


Unifying Mobile and Web Development on IBM i

—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.

IT Jungle

HTML5 Looks Good in Light of Google, Facebook and IAB Moves

—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.

IT Business Edge

How Apple’s 3D Touch changes UIs

—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).”

SD Times

Beta Sencha Inspector Release Debugs Ext JS Applications

—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.

App Developer Magazine

New Developer Surveys Show where Mobile Hotness Lies

—”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.

Application Development Trends

Survey: More Developers Using HTML5 for Cross-platform Apps

—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.

HTML5 Report

Study Sees Strong HTML5 Growth as Dev Platform

—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.


App Developers Take on Enterprise Mobility

—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.

HTML5 Report

Sencha Releases Updated JavaScript HTML5 Web App Platform

—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.

App Developer Magazine

Sencha’s new framework helps enterprises build Web apps for all devices

—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.

IT World

Report: Swing from Native Development to Web in Mobile Arena

—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.

Application Development Trends

Under pressure: enterprises want better software, delivered faster and cheaper

—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.


…Sencha releases Ext JS 6 beta…

—Ext JS 6 enables developers to use a single JavaScript framework to build desktop and mobile applications, adding new features such as merged UI components with Sencha Touch. The release also implements the Sencha Pivot Grid add-on for Ext JS applications, a SASS compiler in Cmd 6, and a plug-in for JetBrains IDEs.

SD Times

Sencha Releases Web App Lifecycle Management Platform

—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.

App Developer Magazine

Sencha Unveils Application Lifecycle Management Platform

—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.

IT Business Edge

Mobile Apps: HTML5, Native or Both?

—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.

Enterprise Apps Today

Sencha Unifies JavaScript Development Frameworks

—In the last few years, the popularity of JavaScript has risen dramatically both on the client and server. …many organizations now find it simpler to create applications in JavaScript that can span clients and servers; especially when it comes to mobile computing applications that require a lighter-weight framework.

IT Business Edge

Sencha Targets Web, Mobile with JavaScript

—Web development tool specialist Sencha Inc. is the latest vendor to target cross-platform app creation with one JavaScript code base. The company is melding and enhancing two of its dev tools into one package designed to extend Web apps from the desktop to various mobile devices including tablets and smartphones, complete with touch-screen capabilities.

Application Development Trends

New Release of Sencha Space Offers Offline Application Support

—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.

App Developer Magazine

Sencha Bringing Lifecycle Management to Mobile Applications

—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.”

HTML5 Report

Sencha CEO: one (application deployment) size does not fit all

—"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.
Computer Weekly

15 Out-of-the-Box Predictions for IT This Year

—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

15 Mobile Trends to Watch in 2015

"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.

Sencha Tackles Google Android Fragmentation

—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.

Sencha Licks Android 5.0 Lollipop, And Likes

—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

The problem with acquisitions? Tying the technology together

—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.”

New Products of the Week

—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.
Network World

Sencha Expands JavaScript Tools that Leverage Cross Platform HTML5 Mobile App Development

—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

Sencha App Platform Adds Desktop, Android Features

—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

Sencha Melds Desktop and Smartphone Management with Space

—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.

Sencha Rolls Out The Latest Flavor Of Its Cross-Platform Mobile Toolkit

—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.

Guest View: What I Learned Deploying a Single App Platform in HTML5

—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.
SD Times

Global investment company banks on HTML5 Web apps

—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."

What’s a Mobile App to Do? Where MDM Went Wrong and Where the Answers Lie

—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

2014 Guide to Mobile Development

—Widely understood front-end web development languages such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript provide the logic behind a web app, and there are plenty of tools and libraries out there to help web developers direct their skills toward mobile devices. Sencha Touch of mobile web frameworks that provide UI components and logic for sliders, swipes, and other touch-activated controls that are common to native mobile applications.

New Sencha CEO Sees Need for Global Alliance Program

—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.
Channel Insider

New Sencha CEO Art Landro Brings the 'And' to the Touch Community

—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.
HTML5 Report

Sencha Ext JS 5 Unifies Mobile, Desktop App Dev

—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.

Sencha Ext JS 5 Streamlines Desktop and Mobile Application Development from One Unified Platform

—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.

Actual mobile/desktop convergence: Sencha's Ext JS 5 weans the net from the Web

—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

HTML5 platform helps digital signage, mobile apps liven nightlife scene

—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.

Sencha Ext JS 5 Streamlines and Unifies

—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

Sencha has the Touch for the Enterprise

—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.
HTML5 Report.

Top 10 Open Source Tools For Mobile Development

—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.
EFY Times

Post-Klout Lithium, New Native Ad Formats, More

—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

Sencha Touch Store Server-Side Sorting

—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.

FeedHenry Builds For The "New Reality" Of Mobile

—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.
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Celtra Offers Cross-Screen HTML5 Tech for Brand Advertising

—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

—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

Research and Markets: Backend as a Service (Baas) Trends - Global Market Overview 2014-2017

—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.
Yahoo! Finance

Engage The Brain At Toronto IBM i Tech Conference

—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.
IT Jungle

Here Are 10 Priceless Android-Ready Development Frameworks for You

— 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.
EFY Times

RIP Flash: Why HTML5 Will Finally Take Over Video and the Web This Year

—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

College recruiting goes digital...and mobile

—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

Learn What You Need to Know About Sencha Development

—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.

Sencha Reports on the State and Future of HTML5 App Development

—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

CNX Ups the Ante in Mobile App Development for IBM i

—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.
IT Jungle

Tizen App Challenge Winners Announced

—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

HTML5 platform helps Web-based project management software go mobile

—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.

Report: HTML5 is the Future for Enterprise Developers

—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.

Developer Survey: HTML5 Gaining, Windows Slipping

—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.

HTML5 Is Making Strides Among Developers

—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.

Drifty, Makers of the Ionic Mobile Framework, Raise $1 Million

—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.

Approaches for Mobile Application Development

—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.

Jolt Awards 2014: Mobile and Coding Tools

—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.”

INSIDE BlackBerry Developer Blog

—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

Why 'Mobile Development' is the Hottest Focus in Tech Innovation

—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.

Sencha Converts Microsoft Azure into BaaS Platform

—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:

—Mobile apps are transforming the way business is done around the world. Millennials are particularly well suited to benefit from their use.
Digital Journal

Sencha Launches GXT 3.1 Beta to Create Web Apps Using Java

—Sencha has announced the release of GXT 3.1 beta for creating web apps using Java. Sencha GXT uses the Google Web Toolkit (GWT) compiler that allows developers to write apps in Java and compile their code into highly optimized cross-browser HTML5 and JavaScript. Sencha GXT provides widgets, templates and layouts, advanced charting, data loaders and stores, and more.
App Developer Magazine

Senchas State of HTML5

—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.

Application Developers Give Boost to HTML5

—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.

Application Developers Give Boost to HTML5

—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.
Midsize Insider

HTML5 Mobile Framework Helps Make Enterprise Tools Available On-the-Go

—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, 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.

How Mobile Cloud Services Will Consolidate After The Death of StackMob

—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.

SD Times Blog: Developers are Adopting (and Sticking With) HTML5, Survey Says

—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.
SD Times

App Developers See More Enterprise Mobile Solutions, Signs of Life for BlackBerry at Apps World North America

—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

HTML5 Catches Up To Apple

—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.

CNX Begins Beta for Valence 4.0

—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.
IT Jungle

Sencha Launches Tool for Managing HTML5 Apps on Smartphones & Tablets

—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.


Mobilizing Enterprise Applications

—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.
Enterprise Irregulars

Kinvey’s Sravish Sridhar: Man In The Middleware

—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.

Top IT Job Skills for 2014: Big Data, Mobile, Cloud, Security

—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.

What's Up With Tizen?

—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.

CEO becomes clientside developer with aid of HTML5 app builder

—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.

CM First Strengthens Mobile App Story for IBM i

—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.
IT Jungle

Sencha Architect Becomes Faster & More Efficient With The Latest Release

—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.
Tools Journal

Sencha Simplifies HTML5 Development Across the Enterprise

—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.
IT BusinessEdge

IBM i Developers Sound Off On JavaScript Frameworks

—If you're an IBM i developer, you've undoubtedly heard about the amazing stuff that people are doing on the Web with JavaScript. However, as an IBM i professional, JavaScript may seem like a foreign language to you. Luckily, you're not the first IBM i developer to venture down the JavaScript path. In fact, many IBM i developers have used JavaScript long enough to develop strong opinions about them, especially as it relates to Ext JS versus jQuery.
IT Jungle

HTML5 App Builder Updated with the Enterprise in Mind

—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

Sencha aims for speed in latest Architect release

—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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SD Times

Windows Phone 8.0 smartphones may not be upgradeable to 8.1

—Nokia issues differing statements, while Microsoft is mum on device upgrade question

Tizen makes stealth pitch to Samsung's Android acolytes

—The operating system popped up in various places during Samsung's developer conference, including with cash incentives for app makers.

Samsung takes baby steps in touting Tizen OS to developers

—Open source OS is viewed as a cross-platform opportunity, and an example that Samsung isn't fully dependent on Android.

Review: Mobile Web development frameworks face off

—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

—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.

Sencha Feels HTML5 Force In Touch 2.3

—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
Dr. Dobb's

Bad news: iOS 7's HTML5 is full of bugs

—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.

What can mobile app development do for you?

—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.
SD Times

Forget “post-PC”—pervasive computing and cloud will change the nature of IT

—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
Ars Technica

HTML5: The perfect mobile development framework prescription

—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

Sencha: Performance of Mobile Web Applications will Further Improve

—Sencha, maker of the Sencha Touch Framework for HTML5 and JavaScript based mobile applications, commented on some so-called myths concerning performance of web-based applications on mobile platforms.

Sencha Space Helps Enterprise IT Build & Manage BYOD Mobile Apps

—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

Web Sites vs. Web Apps: What the experts think

—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.

Make HTML5 apps with Sencha, part one

—In the first of a two-part tutorial, Daniel Gallo explores mobile application development and how to create a data-aware mobile HTML5 app
.net Magazine

BYOD Problems Addressed by Sencha’s new HTML5 Platform

—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

HTML5 And The BYOD Missing Link

—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.
Dr. Dobb's

Sencha Space HTML5 App Management Platform Launches

—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:

Sencha Says New HTML5 Platform Solves BYOD Headaches

—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.

Sencha tries to solve Web app distribution problems with Sencha Space

—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.
Pando Daily

HTML5 iPad App Eases Charting for Dentists

—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.

HIT Vendor News Round-up: MedeAnalytics, Smile Brands, Billian’s and Greenway

—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:
HealthData Management

Sencha CEO: HTML5 Poised for Big Things

—Michael Mullany, CEO of HTML5 toolmaker Sencha, tells eWEEK HTML5 technology is in demand more than ever and is ready for prime time.

Where The iPhone 5 Still Bests The Samsung S4

—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?

Product Review: Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. iPhone 5

—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.
IDG Connect

Sencha CEO: Treat HTML5 apps as a programming platform, not a Web page

—Tools vendor executive Michael Mullany also sees excitement about Firefox OS but says more work is needed on Tizen

Enterprise mobile development begins with business needs

—Rather than outsource its app development or hire additional developers to write native mobile code, PoweredNow, a field service application vendor based in London, decided to build its app with Sencha, a cross-platform development tool that combines Javascript frameworks with HTML5.

Sencha Touch 2.2 Release Includes BlackBerry 10 Performance Enhancements

—Sencha Touch introduced a BlackBerry 10 theme in their previous release of v2.1.1 of their JavaScript framework. Now with Sencha Touch v2.2 they have added significant enhancements along with Webkit rendering optimization and performance improvements. This includes bringing list scrolling performance to 35-40 frames per second which is nice and fluid along with touch responsiveness tuned for BlackBerry 10 and its screen transitions.

Get ready mobile app developers, here comes Facebook

—StackMob, Sencha, Corona Labs, Kinvey, Outercurve, Parse, Adobe, Prime 31, Thuzi and have been selected to be part of Facebook's new program created to help developers build mobile applications that integrate with Facebook.

8 Guidelines and 1 Rule for Responsive Images

—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

Another push for HTML5 mobile adoption

—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

Products of the week 3.18.13

—Our roundup of intriguing new products from companies such as Cisco, Fortinet, Sepato.

Sortie de ExtJS 4.2 et de Sencha Architect 2.2 : Better Faster, Stronger

—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.

HTML5 Can Solve BYOD App Mess, Sencha Bets

—Thanks to BYOD, app deployment has become substantially more complicated. Sencha's HTML5 tools aim to restore order.

Scivantage Rolls Out Mobile Trading Apps Built with HTML5

—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.
American Banker

BlackBerry Comeback: RIM Must Win Developer Support

—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.

Can new smartphones rekindle the BlackBerry fire?

—RIM hopes to translate positive pre-launch buzz into sales of its Z10 and X10 smartphones Wednesday

Amazon Dodges Apple Tax With Mobile MP3 Store

—HTML5-based store is more a vote of confidence in the business value of Web technology than in its performance characteristics.

The Big Question Mark Over Facebook's Graph Search: Mobile

—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.

Why HTML5 Should Replace Native Apps for Ecommerce

—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.
Get Elastic

The Atlantic gives HTML5 a shot with tablet-optimized site

—The Atlantic is going the mobile Web route for its news and opinion site with an initiative that targets tablet users. The new site is available at The Atlantic is working with Sencha on the HTML5 site.
Mobile Marketer

InfoWorld's 2013 Technology of the Year Award winners

—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.

The Atlantic Wire taps Sencha to launch a new HTML5 iPad Web app fit for the digital era

—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.

StackMob backs HTML5 and native apps

—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."
.net Magazine

Sencha proves HTML5 is ready for prime time

—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.

Why Facebook’s move away from HTML5 is just a speed bump for adoption

—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.
GigaOM Pro

Developers Create Mobile Facebook App with HTML 5

—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

Sencha Remakes Facebook HTML5 App Using API

—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.
Programmable Web

Sencha's HTML5 remake of Facebook

—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.
.net Magazine

Mark Zuckerberg doesn't know how to use HTML5

—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.
The Register

HTML5 hits back at Facebook thanks to Sencha

—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.
Tech Talk

Sencha Shows Facebook How to Do HTML5

—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.
Dr. Dobb's

HTML5 not ready for prime time? Sencha builds Fastbook, says not so fast

—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.

Fastbook: Sencha Wants to Prove HTML5 Is “Ready”

—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.”

Developer suggests that Facebook was the problem with Facebook's app, not HTML5

—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.
The Verge


—You might have seen the big splash Sencha landed today with their Fastbook HTML5 demo showing that using HTML5, CSS and JavaScript you can make a damn responsive version of Facebook.
Christian Heilmann

HTML5 framework maker Sencha challenges developers to build awesome Web-based apps

—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.
Pando Daily

Sencha demonstrates HTML 5 can be faster than native iOS or Android apps (Facebook example)

—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.
Robert Scoble

Facebook vs. Fastbook: Developers offended by Zuckerberg knock on HTML5 make clone app

—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.

Sencha enthuses about HTML5 and CSS progress

—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".
.net Magazine

A Comparison: Microsoft Surface and iPad 4

—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

Forrester: open source project explosion driving a "golden era" in app dev

—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.

HTML5 boom brings multiple OS mix to boil

—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.
Developer Tech

Sencha predicts good Windows Phone 8 enterprise adoption

—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.

Developers praise Windows Phone 8 SDK, but virtualization and upgrades rankle

—Tools vendors like greater capabilities SDK brings to smartphone apps, even if new PCs are needed to test code

Jacksonville upgrades emergency services

—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.

Windows Phone 8 gets boost from inclusion in cross-platform development tools

—Companies like Sencha and Xamarin will allow developers to write apps for Windows Phone 8 and other operating systems at the same time

Sencha Releases New Software Developer’s Suite

—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.

Native, Web, or hybrid: How to Choose Your Mobile Development Path

—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.


Sencha Compose Une Suite Élargie Avec Ses Outils de Développement HTML5

—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

Sencha Expands HTML5 App Dev Tools

—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.

Sencha Complete: Team Targets BYOD

—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.

Dr. Dobb's

Sencha Targets Bring-Your-Own-Device App Dev & Business Software Developers

—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.
SD Times

99 New APIs

—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.

The Hidden Costs of Developing Mobile Apps in the Cloud

—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."

Preferred Platforms for Mobile/Web Developers

—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.

5 OSS Up-And-Comers To Watch

—Thousands of enterprise customers, including half of the Fortune 100, rely on its technologies to power their internal and external business applications, it noted. On the company's plus points, Hammond said it is producing a lot of really good mobile and Web frameworks currently and these are "poised to be the next big development frameworks." "It is providing commercial support for EXT.js--one of the more popular JavaScript frameworks--and it is being used by many enterprises who are now writing cross-platform mobile apps," he stated.

Apps, A Continuing Debate: HTML5 vs. Native

—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

Oracle Plans to Join Java Hardware Speed Party

—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.
The Register

SAP Lance De Nouveaux Programmes Partenaires Pour Les Développeurs d'Applications Mobiles

—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.

Sencha Architect 2.1: Schneller und Effizienter

—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.

Mobile Backend-as-a-Service Offers Scalability, Automatic RESTful API Generation

—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.
SD Times

Kevin Benedict's What's New in HTML5

—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

Approaches for Mobile Application Development

—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

Sencha Works with SAP to Simplify Development of HTML5 Apps

—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.

Sencha Touch 2 Adds Support for BlackBerry 10 & Improves BlackBerry Support

—RIM’s Naveenan M. announced on the DevBlog that Sencha has released an update to their Sencha Touch 2 Mobile JavaScript framework. This new update put out today adds better support for BlackBerry smartphones with touchscreen including the PlayBook. This update also allows you to develop for BlackBerry 10 with support for future BlackBerry 10 smartphones.
Berry Review

New Mobile Developer Programs from SAP Provide Open Access for Developers to Build B2B and B2C Apps

—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.
PR Newswire

BlackBerry Getting Popular Among Developers

—HTML5 Development: BlackBerry WebWorks will now allow developers to bring into play CSS and HTML5 for creating apps along with JavaScript bindings offering to APIs and also open source toolkits like Sencha, jQuery Mobile, and bbUI.
BlackBerry Rocks

Mobile APIs: A Tactical Analysis of Current and Future Developer Demand

—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

Bringing Enterprise Data to Your Mobile Workers

—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.
ReadWriteWeb Mobile

9 Programming Tools For Maximizing HTML5

—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.


9 Programming Tools For Maximizing HTML5

—Sencha Architect 2: Aimed at building mobile and desktop applications, Sencha Architect 2 has been billed as an HTML5 visual app builder. Teams can design, develop, and deploy apps from a single, integrated environment. Developers can build Sencha Touch 2 and Ext JS 4 JavaScript apps and preview them live.


Google Web Toolkit Now Under a Steering Committee

—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.

The H Open

SAP Overhauls Its Mobile Strategy for Utilities

—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.


Google Hands Over Control of Google Web Toolkit to Steering Committee

—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.

Welcome to the AT&T Foundry

—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,, Heroku and other technologies.


Announcing the 2012 OnMobile 100 Top Private Companies

—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.

HTML5 Browsers Gain Influence as Application Integration Pendulum Swings

—“HTML5 skills are going to become super important,” said panelist Michael Mullany, CEO with HTML5 consultancy and application framework maker Sencha, Redwood, Calif. But the HTML5, or JavaScript, developer may have to become more enterprise savvy. “You have to think of your browser as your client and have clean SOAs on the backend,” he said. It may prove challenging finding the JavaScript developers with the skills needed to do that. “People have done JavaScript, but finding people that have done highly scalable JavaScript is less common,” he said.


So Now What? Reflections on she++

—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.

Huffington Post

What’s Next for Mobile Now That Adaptive Design Has Failed?

—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.


Sencha Architect: Visual HTML5, Sort Of

—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.

Taking HTML5 to the Next Level for Mobile

—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.

PlayBook OS 2.0 Aces Sencha HTML5 Development Scorecard

—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...

Mobile Expert Interview Series: Sencha's Michael Mullany

—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

RIM Plays Devs for Dollars

—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."

SAP Provides Open Mobile Apps Development Framework

—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.

SAP Lets Mobile Developers to Innovate on Its Mobile Platform

—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.

Voice & Data

How To: Take Advantage of HTML5 Trends and Tools

—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.

Introduction to Mobile HTML5

—Aditya Bansod, Senior Director of Product Management at Sencha, offers an introduction to HTML5 application development for mobile environments.
Dr. Dobb's

Sencha Adds to HTML5 Platform with Architect 2

—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.
SD Times

Sencha Architect 2: A WYSIWYG IDE for Building Desktop and Mobile HTML5 Apps

—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.


Sencha Architect 2: The New Name for HTML5 UI Tool Ext Designer

—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.

Sencha Architect Targets Amateur Designers Interested in HTML5

—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.

Sencha Architect 2's New GUI Makes Mobile App Development Visual

—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.
InfoWorld Developer World

New Drag and Drop HTML5 App-Building Tool

—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.

HTML5 Blog

SAP's Message Of Openness To Mobile Developers

—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.
Dr. Dobb's

SAP Plans to Dominate Enterprise Mobile Apps with HTML5 and New Partnerships

—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.
ReadWriteWeb Mobile

SAP Makes Mobile Acquisition Takes On Oracle - Launches Real Time Venture Fund

—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.

SAP Reveals Database, Mobile Roadmaps Through 2015

—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.

HTML5 Roundup

—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.
Ars Technica

Is HTML5 Really the Future of the Web?

—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.

Princeton University Art Museum Debuts First Mobile App

—Princeton and the Gothic Revival uses the Sencha Touch mobile application framework, built on HTML5 and JavaScript, to deliver a cross-platform experience. A responsive design also enables visitors to experience the app’s rich offerings from a tablet or desktop device. The app can be accessed through an internet browser without the need for any download or installation, using 3G/4G or Wi-Fi connections.

New iPad Complicates Life for HTML 5 Developers

—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.
Network World

Sencha Touch 2: Expanded HTML5 Platform

—Since its launch last year, more than 500,000 developers have downloaded Sencha Touch — its layout and animation engines make extensive use of CSS3, delivering smooth transitions and lightning-fast orientation changes. Users have lauded Touch 2's well-designed class system, its performance, and its API documentation. The company says that the platform builds on the lessons learned with Ext JS 4 to deliver a class system that delivers power above and beyond vanilla JavaScript.

Dr. Dobb's

HTML5 App Dev Boosted by Sencha Touch 2.0

—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.


Sencha Touch 2 Arrives With Significant Performance Improvements

—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.
The H

A Discussion with Aditya Bansod About Sencha Touch 2

—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.
MobileViews podcast

Sencha Expands HTML5 Platform with Launch of Sencha Touch 2

—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.
Mobile Enterprise

Faster HTML5 Apps? Sencha Touch 2.0 Upgrades Promises Speedier Mobile Performance

—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.

Tab Times

Sencha Touch 2 Brings iOS Development to the PC

—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, Ext JS and Sencha Designer.
SD Times

Sencha Updates Framework for Building Native-Looking Mobile Web Apps

—Sencha, a company that develops JavaScript libraries, announced this morning the availability Sencha Touch 2, a major new version of the company's framework for building mobile Web applications. The new version brings improved performance, broader platform support, and additional functionality. We discussed the update with Aditya Bansod, the senior director of product management at Sencha. He described how Sencha Touch fits into the company's product roadmap, which includes an evolving suite of tools, frameworks, and services for building applications with standards-based Web technologies. We also conducted some hands-on tests with the new version of the Sencha Touch framework and used it to build a simple mobile application.
Ars Technica

Sencha Expands HTML5 Platform with Launch of Sencha Touch 2

—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.
Mobile Enterprise

Faster HTML5 Apps? Sencha Touch 2.0 Upgrades Promises Speedier Mobile Performance

—“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.”

Sencha Touch 2 Allows Developers to Code iOS Apps With Windows PCs

—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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HTML5 Still Taking Shape

—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.”

SD Times

Facebook Pushes HTML5 and Mobile Payments Forward

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.

Facebook and Others Aim to Make the Mobile Web a Competitive App Platform

—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.
Ars Technica

Mozilla is Placing Itself in Position to be the King of the Mobile Web

—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.

HTML5 or Native? Which Mobile Route to Take?

—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.

Q&A: Ted Patrick, Head of Dev Relations at Sencha

—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?

HTML5 Bullets: Sencha Issues Developer Scorecard for Chrome on Android

—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.
ars technica

Sencha's Leg-Up To HTML5 For Flex Programmers

—Cloud application framework company Sencha has targeted Adobe Flex developers looking to build HTML5 applications with a fast track promo program. The company's "Designer" and "Touch" application builder and JavaScript framework are positioned as a reasonable fit for Flex developers who want to reach the rapidly growing market for HTML5 applications.

Dr. Dobb's

Sencha Goes After Flex Developers with New Program

—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.

Sencha Launches Adobe Flex to HTML5 Program for Developers

—Sencha has launched a program to try to get Adobe Flex developers to move to HTML5 development using Sencha's tools and frameworks. The new program provides Flex developers a variety of ways to become familiar with the Sencha suite of professional tools, which include Sencha Designer, an application builder for mobile and desktop Web applications, and Sencha Touch, a JavaScript framework for developing HTML5 Web apps and mobile-packaged applications.

Sencha Speeds up Transition to HTML5-Based Development for Flex Software Developers

—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.
HTML5 Report

12 Essential Programming Tools for the Mobile Web

—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.


Android or iOS: Which Platform Is Better For HTML5?

—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

Sencha Touch 2 PR4: Big Improvements in Data and MVC

—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.

DZone - Mobile Zone

Enterprise Development: Flex or HTML5?

—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

What's New in HTML5

—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.”
Sys-Con Media

Sencha Embeds Interactive CSS3 Animations in iBook Author

—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.

Is RIM Blazing The Trail for HTML5 Mobile Development for Developers?

—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.

Application Development: HTML5 Developers' Top 10 Wishes for 2012

—Sencha, which creates frameworks, tools and services for developers to build Web applications using JavaScript and HTML5, has released its 2012 HTML5 Wish List. "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," said Michael Mullany, CEO of Sencha. He said Sencha's offerings give Web application developers the ability to "harness emerging HTML5 technologies and create highly functional Web applications that erase the line between native apps and Web apps." Sencha also issued a 2011 wish list, and out of the 10 wishes, four came to be. The four wishes that came through were: A richer CSS3 effects toolbox; high-performance position for mobile browsers; pervasive GPU acceleration; and Websockets stabilization. Sencha's 2012 list includes wishes such as better mobile browser debugging, a contacts API, IndexedDB and better offline caching. This slide show offers the full Sencha wish list.

Immersing into JavaScript Frameworks

—Based on on the research conducted in the underground labs of Farata Systems, I can report that our JavaScript framework of choice is Ext JS by Sencha. This framework can serve as a solid foundation for any serious JavaScript development. We’ll also use a couple of more lighter frameworks on as needed basis.
Flex Developer's Journal

AT&T Offers HTML5 SDK For Third-Party Mobile Web App Developers

—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.
Ars Technica

Sencha Unveils Annual HTML5 Wish-List

—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.
.net Magazine

The Developers' Wish List for HTML5 In 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.

Application Development: Google, Apple, Amazon Push HTML5 to the Fore as Adobe Flash Falls

—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.

The Year That Was In Mobile Development

—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.
SD Times

HTML5 on Android 4.0: Way Better, Still Behind iOS 5

—The most exciting new feature support, in Sencha's opinion: tons of CSS3, including the more nativey-slick, like animations, reflections, transformations, and transitions. ... If you're developing HTML5 apps for mobile, you should probably read the full report, which includes JavaScript performance numbers via SunSpider, Acid3 scores, and detailed results of Sencha's own touch-specific test suite.
DZone JavaLobby

iPhone, iPad Browser Tops Android 4.0 in HTML5 Tests

—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.

Podcast 54: Sencha Touch Mobile Web App Development Discussion

—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,, and more.

Mobile Made Simple

—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.
Mobile Marketing Magazine

Sencha Touch 2 Makes Web Apps Into Native Apps in One Line of Code

—App-building tool provider Sencha is set to release a major update for Sencha Touch that will let developers build native Android and iOS apps by adding a single line to their mobile web code. Their service, currently in beta, lets web developers build mobile cloud services using JavaScript and other web tools. Sencha Touch 2 is expected in in the second quarter of 2012 while pricing and other details for have not yet been determined.
Inside Mobile Apps

Sencha Says: Kindle Fire Handles HTML5 OK

—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.

Ice Cream Sandwich Gets Its HTML5 scorecard

—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.

Galaxy Nexus A Step Up For Android HTML5 Performance

—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.

iOS 5 Edges Out Android in HTML5 Browser Test

—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.

Battle Of The Browsers: iOS 5's Browser Is Still (Slightly) Better Than Android's

—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?

Sencha Hires Ted Patrick As Head Of Developer Relations

—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.

Top 6 Trends In HTML5 In 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.

Gone in a Flash: Adobe's long march to HTML5

—Michael Mullany is chief executive of Sencha, which markets a JavaScript framework for rich applications. He told me: "We saw people flailing around for an alternative to doing Flash ads on mobile. Because Flash was banned from IOS, it meant that a whole segment of rich advertising that was based on Flash for the desktop had nowhere to go."
The Register

Parts Shopping On Your Phone

—Making your website accessible to mobile devices is critical for on-the-go parts access. "If you are in an app store, you have to run it through the app store to get approval, and there are all sorts of rules for doing that for the iPhone," says Ron Garand, vice president at ShowMeTheParts. "There's a lot of gatekeeping. By using HTML-5, we can have a consistent look across all the platforms." According to Garand, the company utilized the Sencha Touch mobile JavaScript framework to develop the mobile web apps, which took a year to build. The free platform is compatible with most mobile operating systems.
Aftermarket Business World

Sencha’s Michael Mullany: Flash Developers “flailing around for an alternative”

—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.

Amazon Silk Web Browser Isn't Super-Fast

—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."

NBC Bay Area

Adobe Flash Sites Rapidly Converted To HTML5 For iOS users

—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.
Apple Insider

No Flash? No Problem

—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.
ZDNet Is "First" Mobile HTML5 Cloud

—Using the service and the SDK, application developers write their applications entirely in JavaScript and utilizes cloud services as necessary. In other words, developers can simply write a client-side Sencha Touch application and use the power of the cloud to make their app come alive, or so the theory goes.
Dr. Dobb's

Adobe Donating Flex to Open Source Foundation; Continues Fire Sale on Formerly-Core Software

—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.

What Is the Best Mobile Platform for HTML5 Development?

—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?

Beyond jQuery: JavaScript Tools For The HTML5 Generation

—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.

Apple's Steve Jobs Vindicated As Adobe Kills Mobile Flash

—Sencha's recent (November) study supports the 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.

Adobe Withdraws From Mobile Flash Battlefront

—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.

Sencha Releases Cloud Development Platform

—Sencha has released a new cloud development platform,, to help developers create mobile Web and desktop applications with one client-centric platform in JavaScript.
SD Times

Five-Point Guide to Designing a Mobile App

—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.

Sencha, Subtext, Sociable Labs: Bay Area BizTech News by the Numbers

—$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

Sencha Launches HTML5 Developer Platform, Leveraging Cloud

—Sencha, a provider of HTML5 frameworks and tools for desktop and mobile application developers, has introduce, a client-centric cloud technology designed specifically for JavaScript developers. According to Sencha, when used in conjunction with Sencha frameworks, lets a developer focus on building client-side application logic while leveraging cloud services to enhance the application.
SQL Magazine

Sencha Releases First HTML 5 Cloud for Mobile App Developers

—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. is the first mobile HTML 5 cloud, the company said.
Government Computer News

Jafco Helps Mobile Tech Developer Sencha Rake In $15M

—Mobile framework developer Sencha Inc. raised $15 million in its second round of financing, led by Jafco Ventures, in an effort to meet growing demand for HTML5-based mobile tools and cloud computing services, the company revealed Tuesday. The announcement came a day after Sencha released a preview of its most recent HTML5 product at its annual SenchaCon conference in Austin, Texas. is the first user-centric cloud computing tool designed specifically for application developers using the JavaScript language, according to the company.

HTML 5 Cloud for Mobile Devs Launched by Sencha

—A beta version of Sencha's mobile cloud service, aimed at developers building shared applications, has been released. The product, named, 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

Sencha Raises $15M In Series B Funding

—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.

What To Watch For In Mobile Web Apps

—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.

O'Reilly Radar

HTML5: Who Wins and Who Loses?

—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.

HTML 5 Cloud for Mobile Devs Launched by Sencha

—A beta version of Sencha's mobile cloud service, aimed at developers building shared applications, has been released. The product, named, is the first mobile HTML 5 cloud, according to the company.
Application Development Trends

Sencha Raises $15 Million for HTML5

—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.
San Francisco Business Times

Sencha Raises $15 Million For Their HTML5 App Development Tools

—What a week Sencha is having. Just minutes ago, they announced their new HTML 5 cloud services suite, Tomorrow morning, the company will announce they’ve raised a $15 million Series B.

Sencha Launches Mobile HTML5 Cloud,

—Javascript Web app framework provider Sencha is today announcing the public beta launch of, its new HTML5 mobile cloud service. The service will allow Sencha app developers to build “shared experiences” in the browser, without having to write server code or manage hosting.

Sencha Announces Cloud Environment for Mobile Web HTML5 Developers

—Mobile development framework Sencha is releasing several new products to tie HTML5 mobile Web development to the cloud. is designed to give Web app developers the ability to synchronize and manage data in the cloud without having to write an excessive amount of code. For messaging, data management, login and deployment, Sencha claims that a few lines of Javascript will allow mobile Web developers to easily integrate these functions to apps built with HTML5.

Sencha launches HTML 5 cloud service, receives $15M

—Sencha, provider of HTML 5 tools for web and mobile developers, received $15 million in a second round of funding led by Jafco Ventures.

Need Easy Online Accounting for Your Small Business? Try this week’s App of the Week.

—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.
Business Insider

Samsung to hedge its Android Galaxy Tab with new Windows 8 offerings

—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.
Apple Insider

Xero develops app for accounting on-the-go

—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.
Dynamic Business

BlackBerry WebWorks Platform Gaining Serious Traction

—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.


“Model View Controller” for JavaScript library Ext JS 4

—Version 4 of Ext JS is the most comprehensive release in the history of the JavaScript library, according to Sencha, the vendor of the library. The firm bases this assessment on revisions made to the library’s architecture along with 350 new APIs, 50 new classes and completely revised documentation.

The H Open Source

Sencha Offers Plug-in-free Charting in JavaScript upgrade

—Sencha is releasing on Tuesday Ext JS 4, an upgrade to the company's JavaScript framework that leverages plug-in-free charting technologies like SVG and VML instead of the Adobe Flash Player plugin.

Sencha Updates JavaScript Framework

—Looking to eliminate the need for plug-ins such as Flash, Sencha today released Ext JS 4, an upgrade to its JavaScript framework that enables developers to create charts and other drawings with a custom engine that works natively in the browser, according to Aditya Bansod, Sencha’s senior director of product management.
SD Times

Sencha Ships Ext JS 4 JavaScript Framework

—Sencha’s HTML5-centric world has expanded this week with the arrival of Ext JS 4, the company’s biggest upgrade to its flagship JavaScript framework in two years. The cross browser framework’s new features include plug-in-free charting, customizable theming, as well as upgraded components.

Dr. Dobb's

Sencha’s Web-app tools growing up

—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.


Motorola’s Xoom meets its toughest test: HTML5 benchmarking

—Given that it’s presently shipping without Flash, the Motorola Xoom needs to have some snappy HTML5 performance – but Sencha found it lacking.

Xoom gloom: Android tablet falls short in vendor’s HTML5 tests

—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.

Network World

Will Motorola’s Xoom “Android Tablet” work for software developers?

—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.

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