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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)

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)

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)

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)

What's Yahoo! Up To With RIA Widgets?

Jeff Haynie's "Introspection" Blog I read on Ryan Stewart’s blog: “Yahoo! Releases ASTRA: Set of Flash and Flex Components”. Huh? According to Yahoo!’s developer site, ASTRA stands for “ActionScript Toolkit for Rich Applications”. OK, I think I get it - or maybe not? So, I took a look at the components and examples on their website. What’s up with these widgets? Tree, Menu, TabBar, Autocomplete, Charts, AlertManager, AudioPlayback, Menubar OK, for example - take a look at the AlertManager. Drag around the alert box inside the flash “window”. Yeah, it clips. OK, that’s probably just because the frame size is too small. But, c’mon. I admit, I don’t get it. Why is Yahoo!, of all companies, doing this type of stuff? I get YUI. I also really dig their OpenID initiatives, very good stuff and about time. But, I don’t get their Flash/Flex widgets. I suppose these are good i... (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)

"It's Time for UIs To Become Service-Oriented," Says Appcelerator's Jeff Haynie

"One of the keys to unlocking the full return on investment in SOA is the ability to build service-oriented UIs," contends the co-founder & CEO of Appcelerator, Jeff Haynie. These SOUIs, as he calls them, are clients designed to consume services, regardless of language or platform. Haynie believes Appcelerator's approach truly zeros in on the need for a clean separation the application from services in an agile development model. The remark comes in Haynie's responses to questions posed to him by Jeremy Geelan, Conference Chair of SOA World Conference & Expo 2008 East in New York City this coming June (June 23-24, 2008). The wide-ranging Q&A session also covers Haynie's plans to turn the Appcelerator platform into the next-generation platform of choice for Rich Internet Applications by making it one that embraces what he calls "the true essence of open-source," i.e. l... (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)

Think Fast: Accelerate AJAX Development with Appcelerator

Jeff Haynie will introduce the audience to Appcelerator’s open-source RIA platform. Attendees will learn how Appcelerator has been able to help developers create AJAX-based RIAs in less than 1/3 of the time, with up to 90 percent less code, and with no Javascript or third-party toolkits. Key takeaways from the session will include: Developing fully-functional, client-only prototypes without writing a line of server codeCreating service-oriented UIs that can simultaneously access services in any language without code changes Decoupling client and server components for accelerated development, simplified maintenance and rapid iterationsHaynie will also discuss the current technology options for rapid RIA development and how developers can leverage pre-built AJAX widgets, Web Expression Language, and other open standards-based languages to create RIAs with more ... (more)

"Most of Web Innovation So Far Has Been On the Server," Says Jeff Haynie at AJAXWorld

Jeff Haynie gave a whirlwind history of the browser this morning at the 5th International AJAXWorld Conference & Expo in New York City, with a view to showing how the way we build applications has evolved over the years of Web 1.0 and now moving into Web 2.0. He covered the rise of Java, the demise of applets, and the slow, slow progress of HTML 5.0, now 11 years in the making and still not there. But most of the innovation, Haynie contends, has been on the server. In the packed Grand Ballroom of New York City's historic Roosevelt Hotel, Haynie's history embraced the arrival of C# and .NET on the scene, and then the rise of JBoss - for whom he formerly worked, which again - he argued - was driven by server-side architecture. The apps, though, weren't really much different from how they'd been in 1999. Even the advent of services-orientation. Haynie said, didn't reall... (more)