Telerik Looks to Bring Cloud Order to Mobile App Dev Chaos

    When it comes to the development of mobile computing applications, it really is about maximizing the productivity of the developer. With so many platforms to now support, developers need a framework that allows them to easily switch between environments without compromising the way that application runs in any particular environment.

    According to Telerik Executive Vice President Doug Seven, that’s the thinking that went into an Icenium development environment for mobile computing applications that is based in the cloud. Launched today, Seven says Icenium is unique because it allows developers to build code for multiple platforms, but then have the application created from that code seamlessly mesh with the look and feel of the platform that application ultimately runs on. That creates a way to maximize the time of the development team without having to compromise when it comes to supporting any of the functions that are available on any given platform, says Seven.


    Icenium allows mobile application developers to use HTML5, CSS and JavaScript to create hybrid applications that run natively on Apple iOS and Google Android. It also supports device APIs, including those for camera, accelerometer and geolocation, including support for the Apache Cordova device APIs that make it simpler for developers to invoke functions that are native to multiple mobile computing platforms.

    In addition, Icenium provides a cloud-based framework for managing the mobile application development process, including tools for coding, simulating, debugging, deploying and publishing applications. A subscription provides developers with a toolset comprised of Icenium Graphite, an installed version for PCs, and Icenium Mist, a browser-based version.

    Right now, the mobile application development process in most organizations is bordering on the chaotic. That’s not necessarily anyone’s fault; the simple fact is that most IT organizations were unprepared to deal with the soaring popularity of mobile computing applications. But eventually order needs to be brought to the chaos because not only are good mobile application developers hard to find, but their time isn’t something most organizations can’t really afford to waste.

    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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