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I gave a talk this week at the Mountain View JavaScript meetup hosted by Google at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. Thanks to Michael Carter who hosts this event on a monthly basis. The event was also video recorded by Google and is being made available on Youtube, although I don’t yet have a URL for it. Below are my slides from the talk, available on Slideshare. Mountain View July JavaScript Meetup at Google View more presentations from Jeff Haynie. If you haven’t yet tried Appcelerator Titanium, I would encourage you to do that now. It’s a pretty awesome product and makes it much easier and faster to bring the world of desktop and mobile applications to Javascript / Web Developers. Titanium Mobile provides a web platform for building native iphone and android applications using web technologies. Today, Titanium Mobile is still in private beta.... (more)

iPad - What It Means For Developers

iPad on Ulitzer Today was a historic day in computing history. While the techno-geeks will argue for the next several months what this really means and what the Apple iPad is missing or why it’s only a large screen iPod Touch, I’m going to be focused on what I think this really means to some key industries and how Appcelerator can help. From my perspective, web developers are talking up and overwhelmingly are planning new application experiences for the new iPad. We surveyed just a small sample of our community of developers and found that over 90% of them plan on building an iPad application in the next 12 months. But what’s probably more interesting, and certainly makes sense seeing the iPad today, is that this new device offers new innovations that could be much different (and quite possibly, better) than the existing iPhone/iPod. We are seeing huge opportunitie... (more)

The BYOD That Is Real

Not too long ago I wrote about VDI and BYOD, and how their hype cycles were impacting IT. In that article I was pretty dismissive of the corporate-wide democratization of IT through BYOD, and I stand by that. Internally, it is just not a realistic idea unless and until management toolsets converge. But that’s internally. Externally, we have a totally different world. If you run a website-heavy business like banking or sales, you’re going to have to deal with the proliferation of Internet enabled phones and tablets. Because they will hit your websites, and customers will expect them to work. Some companies – media companies tend to do a lot of this, for example – will ask you to download their app to view web pages. That’s ridiculous, just display the page. But some companies – again, banks are a good example – have valid reasons to want customers to use an app to acce... (more)

What's New in HTML5

HTML5 based ads are gaining on Flash.  For ads that will be seen on mobile devices, developers are focusing on HTML5.  Read original content Systems management and monitoring firm DN2K is turning to HTML5.  It announced that HTML5 is now, “one of its core technologies in its business and industrial application platform”.  Read original content ChronoZoom is a new HTML5-based web application developed by Microsoft Research, Russia's Moscow State University, and UC Berkeley.  The site uses mixed media to let visitors visualize the universe.  Read original content A free HTML5 video converter service has been launched to provide a method to convert video files to HTML5 compatible formats.  http://www.html5-converter.com/ Read original content   I found a series on using HTML5 and CSS3 to transform a website into a mobile site.  Read original content Mozilla updated HTML5 v... (more)

As Enterprise RIA Development Market Mushrooms, Marc Fleury Joins Board of Appcelerator

JBoss founder and former CEO Marc Fleury, the guy who couldn't get on with Red Hat after it acquired JBoss for $350 million, has joined the advisory board of Appcelerator Inc, an Atlanta start-up doing open source software for cross-platform SOA-ready rapid rich Internet application (RIA) development. The company means to make waves for Adobe Flex. The announcement follows Ben Sabrin, the first non-founder employee of JBoss, joining Appcelerator as VP of strategy and business development. Appcelerator CEO Jeff Haynie is quoted as saying about Fleury, "We believe the knowledge he developed building JBoss, to the point where it quickly became a true challenger to much larger competitors and a substantial industry force, will be invaluable to Appcelerator as we look to achieve similar dominance in our pursuit of the enterprise RIA development market." According to Fleury... (more)

Exclusive Q&A with Jeff Haynie, Co-Founder & CEO, Appcelerator

"Companies have invested a significant amount of money in SOA – and continue to do so," says Jeff Haynie, Co-Founder & CEO of Appcelerator, in this exclusive Q&A with SYS-CON's AJAX & RIA Journal in the run-up to Appcelerator's session on October 20 at AJAX World RIA Conference & Expo in San Jose, California (October 20-22, 2008). "One of the keys to unlocking the full return on investment in SOA is the ability to build service-oriented UIs (SOUIs) – clients designed to consume services, regardless of language or platform," Haynie continues. "We believe Appcelerator's approach truly zeros in on the need for a clean separation of the application from services in an agile development model," he adds. Read the interiew in full below... About Jeff Haynie Jeff Haynie is co-founder and CEO of Appcelerator, an open source software company that develops products and services... (more)

JSON Serialization with Appcelerator Java Services

The issue of serializing/transforming model objects is not new, heck I’ve been doing this for quite some time: RMI (ejb/corba) XML (jms, soap, etc..) JSON JSON is not the only way to serialize objects for Web 2.0 applications, but it's the most abundant and heavily used throughout the Appclerator framework. Doing this is actually really easy to do with Appcelerator IModelObjects. Our IModelObjects can easily be used along with Hibernate for persistance, but let's leave that for later for now. When you define your Model classes, there are some very simple things to keep in mind:annotate your attributes with @MessageAttr have your class implement IModelObject Here is a simple example: more)

How Appcelerator is Building the Largest Open-Source Community Dedicated to RIAs

"We’re dedicated to building the largest open-source community dedicated to RIAs, breaking down the barriers between traditional preferred languages, programming models and solutions, says the co-founder & CEO of Appcelerator, Jeff Haynie. To date Appcelerator has seen the strongest amount of interest from Java and PHP developers, Haynie notes, but the company has continued to see steady growth across Ruby, Python, Perl and .NET programmers as well. The remarks come amid Haynie's responses to questions posed to him by Jeremy Geelan, Conference Chair of AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2008 East in New York City this coming March (March 18-20, 2008). The wide-ranging Q&A session also covers how Appcelerator's approach zeros in on the need for a clean separation the application from services in an agile development model by enabling the building of  "service-oriented UIs." The... (more)

Interview: Sanjay Poonen on SAP's Mobile Strategies

Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of spending time on the phone with Sanjay Poonen discussing SAP's intent to acquire Syclo, and other SAP related mobile strategies.  Sanjay's current titles are President and Corporate Office, Technology and Innovation Products, Head of Mobile Division, SAP AG. Sanjay shared that SAP's ambitions are to turn enterprise mobility into a €1 billion business for SAP.  This will take some work, acquisitions and partnerships.  He called this strategy Mobile 2.0.  He said many of the mobile apps that SAP is getting with the intended acquisition of Syclo can be $50 million businesses on their own. [This article is based on my personal notes of our discussion, not Sanjay's exact words.] I said, "In 2010 you acquired Sybase.  In 2012 you announced the intent to acquire Syclo.   How do you see these two mobility vendors fitting together ... (more)

SAP's Mobility Vision - Any Way You Want It

When you first look at the list of mobility vendors that are attending SAPPHIRENOW 2012, it may seem like most of them compete with SAP mobility, but that would be to forget that SAP sells ERP software.  Look at where SAP makes their money.  They make their money selling and maintaining large enterprise software implementations that run companies.  Mobility is an enabler.  Mobility extends and adds value to these large SAP users.  Those are important points to understand. In a way, I think SAP's mobile strategy can be defined as, "I don't care."  I don't care what mobile software you use as long as it adds users and value.  If more users can access SAP through a third-party mobile solution, and SAP receives more user fees, then all is well.  Yes, they have spent billions of dollars on mobile middleware, tools, infrastructure and mobile applications (e.g. Sybase and... (more)

iOS Conquers the Enterprise

In a new report published by Appcelerator/IDC yesterday titled 2Q 2012 Mobile Report (download here), iOS appears to have conquered the enterprise mobility market.  Here is an excerpt from the report, "iOS has opened a dramatic 16% lead over Android in the mobile enterprise apps space.  Developers now think iOS will win over Android in the enterprise 53%-37%; in 3Q 2011 iOS and Android were tied at 44%." It will be interesting to now watch how both iOS and Windows 8 will impact Android in the enterprise.  This report seems to suggest that Google's Android could be in for some stiff competition, "Developers are cautiously optimistic about Windows 8 tablets, and find Microsoft’s Metro UI especially compelling. Therefore a key dynamic to watch going forward will be Microsoft’s opportunity to eclipse Android as the number two operating system priority for mobile enterpr... (more)