Sencha Unifies JavaScript Development Frameworks

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    After acquiring mzPivotGrid earlier this month, Sencha this week announced that it has merged the Sencha Ext JS and Sencha Touch web application development frameworks into Sencha Ext JS 6.0.

    Art Kay, developer relations manager for Sencha, says that organizations will now be able to use a single code base to deploy JavaScript applications that are compatible with HTML5. These applications can be built using a new Model View ViewModel (MVVM) that Sencha has created or via a traditional Mode-View Controller (MVC) for creating user interfaces.

    In the last few years, the popularity of JavaScript has risen dramatically both on the client and server. Although not as robust as Java, many organizations now find it simpler to create applications in JavaScript that can span clients and servers, especially when it comes to mobile computing applications that require a lighter-weight framework.

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    None of this means that existing backend services based on Java and other programming languages are going away anytime soon. But it does mean that when it comes to building new backend services that expose RESTful application programming interfaces (APIs), a decided shift toward JavaScript has been made.

    For IT organizations, this shift presents a mixed bag of issues. On the one hand, JavaScript presents an opportunity to finally develop applications once and deploy them anywhere. Of course, given all the investments in applications developed prior, JavaScript also represents an extension to the panoply of programming languages that already clutter the enterprise.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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