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Review: Appcelerator is a mobile cloud platform in progress

Appcelerator Platform 2 combines rich mobile client support with the advantages of Node.js, but lacks pre-built integrations and full sync support

Appcelerator cloud in man's hands
At a Glance
  • Appcelerator Platform 2.0.0

Appcelerator Titanium has been a player in the mobile development space for several years, with a JavaScript-based development environment that compiles to native code for iOS, Android, and other targets. With the release of Appcelerator Studio 3.3 and Appcelerator Platform 2.0 in July, the company added a mobile back end as a service (MBaaS) accompanied by about 25 APIs, Node.js support, and online analytics. Also, Appcelerator has published interfaces to its MBaaS that developers can add to apps built with native SDKs, though it hasn’t yet supported native SDKs in its own Studio IDE.

“Studio” is short for any edition of Appcelerator Studio, the company’s enterprise-oriented IDE; Titanium Studio, the company’s free IDE; and Aptana Studio, the free Eclipse plug-in on which the other two products are based. Aptana was one of my favorite open source JavaScript and Rails IDEs in its day, before it was bought by Appcelerator, though my affections have since moved on to more modern IDEs and editors.

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