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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)

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)

Bye Bye MVC, Hello RIA + SOA

The world of web development is moving away from MVC-based web architectures and towards a client/server model that is probably best described as RIA + SOA, where RIA represents the rich user interface and SOA represents the services that it consumes. There has been a lot of buzz around rich Web 2.0 applications, but they will not become mainstream until the next generation of web platforms emerge - fully integrated platforms that enable RIA + SOA. State of the Union Currently, in the standards-based world of HTML, CSS and Javascript, RIA developers have to assemble multiple third-party libraries and frameworks in order to build a rich user interface.  This “a la carte” approach to building RIAs places an unnecessary burden on the developer.  Instead of focusing on building applications, the developer must spend time finding, integrating, and versioning the various p... (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)

Aditi Technologies and Appcelerator Partner to Drive Mobile App Innovation

Seattle/New York/London/Bangalore — 1st October 2013 Aditi Technologies (www.aditi.com), a leader in cloud technologies and customer centric software design, today announced a new partnership with Appcelerator®, the leading mobile enterprise platform provider, to meet the growing demand for transformative mobile user experiences. The new partnership will allow Aditi Technologies to rapidly deliver mobile solutions for its customers on the Appcelerator Platform. As an integration partner, Aditi will now be able to deliver native cross-platform apps more quickly, mobilise any data source, and drive customer success with real-time analytics - all from the open, cloud-based Appcelerator Platform. This partnership with Appcelerator further substantiates Aditi Technologies as a leading player to provide immersive digital experiences across web, mobile and tablet platforms.... (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)

Appcelerator CTO Says: "The Next Web Development Episode Is RIA + SOA"

"There has been a lot of buzz around rich Web 2.0 applications, but they will not become mainstream until the next generation of web platforms emerge - fully integrated platforms that enable RIA + SOA." That is the current state of the enterprise Web development union according to Appcelerator Co-Founder & CTO Nolan Wright. "Developers are currently caught in the middle of a fundamental shift in web application development," Wright notes. "We are moving away from the server-side MVC frameworks of Web 1.0 and towards a client/server architecture for the web, or more specifically RIA + SOA. As a result of this shift, developers have been left to piece together their web development platform for rich web applications." "Of course, change creates opportunity," continues Wright. "The opportunity in this case is to build a next generation web platform that provides end-t... (more)

Appcelerator Unites RIAs and SOA with Latest Software Releases

Appcelerator announced updates to its software that will further its ability to bring together RIA and SOA. The company has created Appcelerator RIA Developer, an Eclipse plug-in that makes it easy for developers who prefer an Eclipse environment to create Appcelerator projects. It is also releasing an updated version of the Appcelerator SDK platform that includes powerful new features that streamline the use of third-party software with Appcelerator to quickly create RIAs. The open source Appcelerator Platform enables developers to assemble rich interactive Web applications without the need for JavaScript or player-based plug-ins. Web applications created using Appcelerator are enabled with service endpoints provided for Java/J2EE, PHP, Ruby, .NET, Python and Perl to address the heterogeneous nature of most enterprises today. “The traditional approach to buil... (more)

Appcelerator Integrates RIA Platform with Google App Engine

Appcelerator announced that it has updated its platform to allow applications built using Appcelerator to be deployed to the free new Google App Engine. Used together, the offerings give developers a fast route to developing, deploying, managing and scaling their applications. Appcelerator is an integrated platform that fuses RIA and service-oriented architecture (SOA). With Appcelerator, developers can assemble rich, interactive web applications without the need for JavaScript or player-based plug-ins. Web applications can be implemented on Java/J2EE, PHP, Ruby, .NET, Python and Perl. Appcelerator for App Engine runs on Python, the scripting language currently supported by App Engine. As Google expands support to other languages, Appcelerator for App Engine will follow suit. App Engine has generated so much interest since its April 8 introduction because it fundame... (more)

Appcelerator Brings Web Applications to the Desktop with Titanium

Appcelerator has announced the public preview release of Appcelerator Titanium, an open source platform for building desktop and mobile applications using a common set of Web technologies. Titanium allows developers to use standard Web technologies such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to develop applications that can be deployed to multiple platforms, including the desktop, the browser, or the mobile device. Titanium desktop applications are able to read and write local data on the desktop and interact with the operating system. In particular, Titanium enables developers to build desktop Web applications that can operate both online and offline. Titanium is part of the growing group of open source communities that are working together to bring Web applications to the desktop. Titanium is built on top of a number of open source technologies including WebKit, Gears, and ... (more)

AJAX and RIA Market Is Heating Up: Sun CEO

"The economy might be cooling down, but the RIA market is definitely heating up," declared Sun's CEO Jonathan Schwartz recently in his widely-read industry blog. Schwartz was writing as Sun shipped its 100,000,000th JavaFX runtime - a download rate that makes it the fastest growing RIA platform on the market and demonstrating the fastest adoption of any product Sun has ever shipped. "What you can do with Flash is comparable to Silverlight, and again comparable to JavaFX," Schwartz noted, adding: "That said, must you use JavaFX or Flash or Silverlight to be a part of the rich internet future? Well, no - Apple used Objective-C for the iPhone, after all, completely discrediting the purist notion that if the app isn't written with a web scripting language, it isn't fashion forward." Schwartz underlined the happy fact that the 100,000,000 milestone was reached just in tim... (more)