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Mar 19 2013   9:48PM GMT

Another push for HTML5 mobile adoption



Posted by: Jack Vaughan
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Development

Maxine Giza

Want a challenge? Add the avalanche of enterprise mobile applications to DevOps teams’ already-daunting integration workload, Paul Kopacki says. He’s Sencha’s vice president of marketing, which just released a mobile app integration tool for developers.

Last week, Sencha Inc. of Redwood, Calif., released upgrades to its product line designed to make HTML5 development more simplistic. The company’s core offerings–Sencha Architect, Sencha Ext JS and Sencha Touch–have been enhanced to make it easier to quickly build HTML5 applications for any platform. A new touch bundle for mobile developers was also launched.

Among the key upgrades to the Sencha ExtJS product is a big-data grid. “There are many more data points people want to build into their applications,” Kopacki said in an interview. “Big-data grids are one of the things customers are asking for and we are delivering in this release.”

Financial data companies are among those who rely on the technology on a daily basis. One Sencha client used the technology to build an app for bond traders. The client company, which tracks a great deal of information, needed greater capacity to take the data and share it with its bond traders in a faster pace.

Online accounting software company Xero has also embraced the technology. The company’s CTO, Craig Walker, said a few years ago that he realized Xero wasn’t delivering a positive mobile experience. “Our experience had been with native development and we wanted to move to Android, etc. The mobile touch framework delivers a lot of functionality up front,” he said during an interview. “What would have normally taken us six to nine months took us three.”

While there has been some debate over HTML5, Sencha has a clear stance on the technology: It’s a big proponent. In fact, the company recently developed a copy of the Facebook app to show that developers, not HTML5, were the issue when Mark Zuckerberg abandoned the markup language last fall.

“Some people come to HTML5 from a web perspective and fail to see the power of HTML5,” said Kopacki. “If you come at it from an application development perspective, you use the right tools so that HTML5 is powerful, especially for business applications.”

While the debate over HTML5 is sure to rage on, at least for now, some companies are banking on its ability to quickly aid programmers as they integrate old systems with new technology.

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