Sencha Touch Framework for Mobile Application

Friday, March 16, 2012

What is Sencha Touch?

Sencha Touch allows your web apps to look and feel like native apps. Beautiful user interface components and rich data management, all powered by the latest HTML5 and CSS3 web standards and ready for Android and Apple iOS devices. Keep them web-based or wrap them for distribution on mobile app stores.

From the makers of ExtJS, the newly named Sencha folks have yet again created a truly powerful javascript framework. You can check out more about the framework here. Sencha touch can replicate almost all native UI features perfectly. At the moment, Sencha Touch is probably one of the most powerful mobile web app frameworks out there and the best suited to handle complex web applications that need to replicate a native app.

That being said, there still are some drawbacks to it just like anything. For starters, while this is being written, it still is in BETA. From personal testing, I haven’t encountered any bugs yet. It also means that they are still packing on many features to the framework. Which is actually good news because this framework is already incredibly jam-packed with features, but you can still look forward to things like camera support in the future. But access to device functions like this are only possible if you wrap it in PhoneGap, another framework that allows mobile applications to be native applications.

Sencha Touch at a Glance

    Higher learning curve than most other web frameworks.
    Best web app framework for true high level web applications.Easily scales to different resolutions  for maximum compatibility with different    iPhones, iPad, and the various Android phones.
    Two themes for iOS and Android.
    HTML5 and CSS3 allows higher flexibility.
    Great support for animations and enhanced touch events.

Downloading Sencha Touch

To download a copy of Sencha Touch, just go to their website, and click Download Now.

Built for Speed

Users don’t care if it’s native or web as long as the app is fast and responsive. Sencha Touch 2 blurs the lines between native and web apps, delivering a high-performing experience that users expect when using mobile applications. Using HTML5 and CSS3, Sencha Touch takes advantage of hardware acceleration to deliver an incredible no matter what browser or mobile device a user is using. Built specifically to use techniques that make the most sense on each
platform, Sencha Touch 2 lets web applications rival native.

Built for Great Experiences

We made developing Sencha Touch apps easier than ever.. Let your imagination run wild. Dream up the perfect app you want to build, how you want it to look, or how you want it to work with social networks. Sencha Touch has a solution for you. It’s built to let you develop great user experiences. With a full set of rich UI controls, over 300 built-in icons, full support for theming, MVC support, data bindings and a data package, eight complete examples and more, Sencha Touch developers get up and running quickly and easily. Sencha Touch also provides a rich set of documentation, screencasts and other learning resources to let new and experienced developers get productive fast.

Built for Success

Sencha Touch 2 shrinks the distance between web app and native. The Sencha SDK Tools now include our native packager, which lets you package and build your application as an Android .apk or an iOS .ipa. The best part? The SDK Tools work on both Mac and Windows, meaning PC developers can now create iOS applications without needing a Mac. It’s a major step forward for developers since you aren’t limited what app stores you can build for based on your development environment. We’ve also enabled a set of native device APIs that work on both iOS and Android. They are Camera, Orientation, Network Connectivity, and native confirmation dialogs.


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