One of the places I just had to visit while spending time in the United States was Silicon Valley – even though I’ve immersed myself in the technology community in New York there is still something special about visiting the place where a lot of what we do and a lot of what we take for granted was all started.
Last week ExtJS as a company made some big announcements. Firstly – they changed their name. ExtJS as a name has always had some baggage (this thread on the ExtJS forum has always amused me: How do you pronounce ExtJS?). Now both the company and the brand is called Sencha. You can read more about their new identity on their blog.
And if that wasn’t enough for one week they’ve also released an entirely new product! Sencha Touch, an HTML5 based framework optimized for mobile web development has been in stealth mode for a while and has just been released to public beta. I’ve been playing with Sencha Touch for a while (I was lucky enough be on their private beta) and the feature set, ease of use and attention to detail is simply outstanding. Designing for mobile, especially for touch devices, is completely different to developing for desktop, irrespective of whether a web application might “work” on a mobile device without changes, the device sizes and the advent of touch interfaces changes the game – and Sencha Touch is all about developing applications specifically for mobile devices.
Steve Jobs, in his recent keynote at WWDC, said that “HTML5 is a completely open, uncontrolled platform and we fully support it”. Sencha Touch is one of the best ways to develop for that platform and create beautiful mobile applications quickly & easily (you can read more about Sencha’s quest for mobile web domination here: http://www.endofnative.com/).
Sorry for the long post but as you can see Sencha has been very busy of late so there has been a lot to share! Over the next few days I’ll be continuing my Silicon Valley adventure at the Velocity Web Performance and Operations Conference learning all about how we can make Xero as fast as possible – so expect a few geeky posts over the next few days.