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)
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
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
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)
Smartphone apps are the most exciting trend in computing since the advent of
web apps. How do you as a developer take advantage of this? More
generally, how do you do that and get maximum reach for your app across the
diversity of smartphones out there. If you’re writing a consumer app you
can get away with just targeting the iPhone (albeit missing some market
opportunity). If you’re writing a business app you need to be able to
reach all the users in the enterprise. There just are no homogeneous
mobile device environments in any place but the smallest mom and pop shops
There are in fact several high level alternatives, but probably only one
practical one at a high level. Let’s start with the most seemingly
Write natively in each underlying operating system’s SDK
For example, write your app in Objective C for the iPhone. Write it again for ... (more)
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 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
Here is a simple example:
"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)
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
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)
"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
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,
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
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)
What if you could build the user interface prototype in a matter of days or
weeks without a single line of server-side code or even a datamodel? What if
the business owner could not only play with this prototype, but also provide
context specific feedback seamlessly while exploring the prototype? Finally,
what if the prototype wasn't a prototype at all, but was the actual
user-interface of the final product (zero throwaway code)... even if you
haven't decided which server-side technology you want to use (Java, .Net,
Ruby, PHP, Python, Perl)?
In this session from AJAXWorld Conference and Expo 2008 West, Matthew Quinlan
discussed how Static HTML wireframes are no longer sufficient to prototype
today's RIAs built on syndicated content, widgets, DOM manipulation, AJAX
View Matthew Quinlan's Session here
"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
"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)