Introducing Sencha Touch 2.1 on BlackBerry 10

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We’re very pleased to announce that Sencha has released an update to their Sencha Touch framework that brings beta support for the BlackBerry® 10 operating system. For those unfamiliar with Sencha Touch, it is an impressive JavaScript® framework based entirely on HTML5, CSS and JavaScript that is designed to bring an incredibly powerful set of components to create rich mobile applications. Today’s Sencha Touch release not only brings support for BlackBerry 10, but it also supports the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet.

Sencha Touch includes all of the core concepts around Controllers, including refs, control and routes as well as Device Profiles, which enables you to easily develop applications that can present customized UIs on BlackBerry 10 devices and BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. In terms of components, Sencha touch 2.1 supports all the major components which helps you to develop compelling application for the BlackBerry 10 Platform. Sencha Touch supports Forms, DataView, Carousel, List, TabPanel, NestedList and Navigation View, and the BlackBerry 10 specific CrossCut component.

 

While Sencha Touch 2.1 includes key upgrades such as significant performance improvements, a new and improved charting and data visualization package, a new infinite list component, and enhanced native support through the Sencha Mobile Packager, the most relevant upgrade to BlackBerry platform is the new BlackBerry theme and the new CrossCut component.

With over fifty built-in components, state management, and a built-in MVC system, Sencha Touch provides everything you need to create immersive applications for the BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry PlayBook tablet platforms. Sencha Touch also provides access to local hardware services like geolocation and accelerometers as well as system services like localStorage, which allow developers to take advantage of hardware features. For more information on Sencha Touch 2.1, visit their website.

To get started, developers should download the framework and then check out the Sencha Touch Learning Center, where they will find code samples, videos and tutorials. To get an idea of what is possible using the framework, there are a variety of demo applications showcasing the breadth and power of the platform. For the complete BlackBerry guide to Sencha Touch, refer to http://supportforums.blackberry.com/t5/Web-and-WebWorks-Development/Introducing-Sencha-Touch-2-1-on-BlackBerry10/ta-p/1976695

About Naveen

Naveenan is an Application Development Consultant with the HTML 5/BlackBerry WebWorks team in Developer Relations at BlackBerry. As a member of the Developer Relations Team, Naveenan manages the technical relationship with enterprise partners. Naveenan's development background consists of a degree in Computer Science and work experience in mobile gaming industry.

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