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Cognizant Mobility Expert Peter RogersMy friend and Cognizant colleague, the ever opinionated Peter Rogers, shares more of his insights into the world of IoT (Internet of Things), enterprise mobility, geekdom and how they really works under-the-covers.  By "they" I mean technology, not geeks. ____ I believe the trends away from mainframes to the Cloud will have a large impact on enterprise mobility architecture. If we believe that going forward, enterprise mobility architectures will be closely tied to the Cloud, then we need to take a serious look at architectural design.  I have written about MBaaS (Mobile Back End as a Service) which is a new form of Cloud offering, but today I want share my opinions on best practices. I have been working on an MBaaS project recently, and we ran into some interesting challenges when it came to submitting the App to the Apple App St... (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)

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)

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)

Appcelerator Titanium for Native iPhone and Android Applications

Appcelerator announced the availability of the beta version of its flagship Appcelerator Titanium( platform. The beta update includes new mobile functionality that allows developers to use the Web capabilities they already have to develop rich applications for both iPhone and Android mobile devices. As customers increasingly look to more functional devices to stay connected and informed, developers must be able to quickly adjust to the demands of the new platforms required to serve these users. Titanium addresses this need by delivering a single platform for mobile, desktop, and web development. Once built with Titanium, applications can be tested, packaged, distributed and analyzed through Appcelerator Network, a cloud-based suite of services for commercializing Titanium-based applications. "The smartphone market is set to grow by a CAGR of 19.5% through to 2014 and ... (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)

Weekly Roundup: Android Comes to Windows Azure Mobile Services

The cloud world seems to have been received some interesting announcements and offerings over the last week. There were some new feature releases and price offerings from Amazon. Microsoft has announced some important updates to Windows Azure Mobile Services. Plus, Cloud Foundry has also announced its ‘handshake’ with Pivotal Initiative. Here’s a quick summary of cloud happenings over the last week: Beginning with the IaaS leader, Amazon has offered a month long free trial of the AWS Trusted Advisor to all AWS customers. This service inspects the AWS environment and makes recommendations to help users save money, improve performance or close security gaps. Additionally, enhanced the Trusted Advisor’s user interface and added a new suppress feature that allow users to hide the results of certain checks. Next, they have also announced that AWS customers will get a $1... (more)

SYS-CON Survey: What Drives Successful Technology CEOs?

What drives a technology CEO or CTO to success in today's constantly changing Internet-driven technology ecosystem? We look at the question through the lens of the many interviews and articles we have published at SYS-CON.com which deal, sometimes only in passing, with exactly this issue. Executives quoted include Appcelerator CEO Jeff Haynie, Nexaweb Co-Founder & Chairman Coach Wei, the founder of Internet.com Alan Meckler, and the Chairman & CEO of Parasoft Dr Adam Kolawa. When Jeff Haynie (pictured) and Nolan Wright co-founded Appcelerator in 2006, for example, their impetus derived from a classic sense of frustration with the status quo and a desire to Make Things Better. In a recent interview, Haynie expressed it thus: "We were frustrated by the state of Web development platforms, surprised by how little change had occurred since the Web 1.0 meltdown. ...  you hav... (more)

7 Key Tips to Help You Implement Your RIA Solution Effectively

If you are venturing to implement a Rich Internet Application (RIA) with Appcelerator, then there are features about the framework that I’m really geared up about that help you implement your solution effectively. When used together these items enable the agile creation of solutions in a shorter time that integrate nicely with services in an existing architecture and provide a richer user experience for clients. In this article I will cover 7 key tips. Tip #1: Achieving Re-use There are a bunch of ways to do this, personally I leverage app:content files judiciously. You can provide args in the definition of your content files so that you can use the same content file over again. Some things to keep in mind: reference the args as #{argname} in your element ids, any variables, and make sure that functions you call take this into account (possibly make them statel... (more)

Titanium Mobile at Mountain View JavaScript Meetup at Google

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)

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)