InfoWorld's Test Center picks the best open source development tools of 2011
jQuery Mobile and Sencha Touch
Trendy people who like to analyze tech trends like to suggest that the smartphones are halfway to replacing every laptop and desktop. While this may or may not happen, Web designers who want to keep their jobs are thinking about the best way to present information on the small screen. It's not enough to assume that the browser will do an adequate job of formatting the data -- an assumption Web designers were able to make when they were creating for desktops. Now they also have to anticipate how things look on the small screen and how they react to touch events that are quite different from mouse clicks.
Sencha Touch is supported by Sencha, a commercial venture that builds other tools such as Ext JS for the main browser. The tool is available under the GPL 3.0 or a commercial license. Active forums and paid support make it a good choice.
The Bossies 2011 index:
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