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Sencha Complete: Team Targets BYOD

Sencha Complete: Team arrives this week as a new suite of tools for development teams looking to build powerful HTML5-­‐based business apps for mobile and desktop. Along with this new release comes the "all new" Sencha Eclipse Plugin and the Sencha Desktop Packager runtime technology, which allows developers to package HTML5 code to run as rich apps on Windows and Mac OS X.

The product's BYOD proposition rests upon its ability to enable teams to build apps using open web technologies and a single code base, then "package" them to run on practically any device or computer.

This technology specifically targets multi-platform multi-­‐device business apps and combines Sencha's Ext JS and Touch frameworks with the firm's Sencha Architect visual app development tool. There are also advanced data connectors for SOAP/WSDL and AMF data sources plus early access to custom bug fixes, remote troubleshooting, and performance tuning.

"Web technologies like JavaScript are growing in importance worldwide, driving enterprises to seek the means to incorporate them alongside familiar tools," said Stephen O'Grady, principal analyst at RedMonk. "With Sencha Complete: Team, Sencha is looking to satisfy these needs, packaging new JavaScript technologies and making it easier to build business-­‐ready applications with the trusted Eclipse platform."

Sencha says that beta testers have reported that the new Eclipse Plugin improves Ext JS productivity by as much as 32 percent, thanks to features like rich code completion, error correction, and support for team collaboration.

According to Sencha, "Building upon the open-­‐source VJET project, the new Eclipse Plugin is designed specifically for Ext JS, and makes it much easier to build complex applicaFons in large and distributed team environments."

A key feature of this release is Sencha Desktop Packaging (based on Chromium), which is designed to enable enterprise applications to be packaged in a hybrid application runtime, with native API access and the performance of full desktop applications.

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