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Web programmers can become mobile developers with Appcelerator

Learning a new programming language isn’t always the most suitable way to get into another market for development. More often than not people are put off by having to learn a new language, and despite being beneficial for them the learning curve and time required to produce the application in mind is usually far too long for them to consider.

Then comes along a development tool that allows you to use languages you know to produce applications for devices you’ve longed for, an example would be Appcelerator Titanium, a revolution for web developers.

Appcelerator Titanium

Appcelerator Titanium


What is Appcelerator Titanium?
Appcelerator Titanium is an open source application development tool for mobile (iPhone, iPad, Android and Blackberry) and desktop (Linux, OS X and Windows) applications. Titanium allows developers to code in HTML, CSS and JavaScript natively along with PHP, Ruby and Python for desktop applications.

From a web developers point of view Titanium makes the development process a great deal easier, more comfortable and a easier to manage.


Should you use Appcelerator Titanium?
Web developers wanting to get into the mobile application industry should definitely look into Titanium. The learning curve is small compared to that of having to learn an entire new language and the provided examples such as Kitchen Sink help a great deal in getting your head around the API.

My first application was developed in around 18 hours, on and off, while developing the same application now would take me about 4 – 5 hours. The application itself would be extremely attractive to small companies.


Can Appcelerator Titanium help your business?
The short answer is yes and the long answer is yes, so let me give a rough overview of why. As mentioned previously development time for applications is significantly lower due to using languages your developers already know. The amount of support available on the free version is fantastic and there is no start up costs – minus provisioning and releasing of an application.

The Titanium API is constantly being improved and currently holds its grounds against competition. Little worry should be exhausted on whether your application would be accepted by Apple due to programming reasons. At the end of the day Titnanium translates your JavaScript into the native language of Object-C and if you’re comfortable enough you can now export your project in Object-C to hand to clients – the transparency is terrific!


Conclusion
Titanium is without a doubt a masterpiece in design and simplicity. If you’re a developer or run a company that develops websites, then Appcelerator has given you a way into the mobile application market.

Stop waiting around for something else to be announced, stop pondering if this is the market you should go in to, you have nothing to loose. Titanium is there waiting for you to control, so what are you waiting for?

Posted in Development on the 11th June 2010

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