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Developing Desktop Applications using HTML and Javascript


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Presentation given by Jeff Haynie, CEO of Appcelerator on building Desktop Applications using Appcelerator Titanium. …

Presentation given by Jeff Haynie, CEO of Appcelerator on building Desktop Applications using Appcelerator Titanium.

This presentation was given at the JSConf 2009 in Washington, DC.

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  • 1. Desktop Applications Using HTML and JavaScript (and Python and Ruby) Jeff Haynie @jhaynie
  • 2. JEFF HAYNIE CEO, Appcelerator Open Source Developer Twitter: jhaynie Blog:
  • 3. Why? Why would I want to build a desktop application instead of a web application?
  • 4. The experience For the same reasons you’re building a mobile application instead of running it in the browser on the device
  • 5. The user experience The experience is richer Drag and Drop Filesystem Notifications True offline Backgrounding App-to-app interaction
  • 6. The interaction Desktop applications typically have deeper interaction and user affinity
  • 7. Desktop Development Windows: Win32 API, MFC, AFC, .NET Macintosh: Cocoa, Carbon Linux: GTK+ Cross-platform toolkits: Java Swing, Eclipse SWT, Mono, GTK+ Adobe AIR *
  • 8. Why web technologies? Speed (and thus, cost) of development Lots of people know them Why not? Great tooling Lots of libraries HTML/CSS are good enough for UI Plenty of online resources, training Mix of great languages: JavaScript, Python, Ruby
  • 9. Appcelerator Titanium • Open source SDK, Tools (Apache) • Cross-platform (Win32, OSX, Linux) • Based on WebKit • Modular and extensible • Supports JavaScript, Python, Ruby (more coming) •
  • 10. What about AIR? • Adobe AIR is a great product • Different architecture • Not open source • Very strong (and rigid) security model • Mature • Requires Flash • Requires pre-installed Runtime
  • 11. Desktop API • Filesystem - read, write • Process - start/stop/control • UI - menus, trays, drag-drop, etc • Media - sound, video, camera, mic • Database - online, offline • Notifications - user notifications • Network - robust access and protocols
  • 12. Titanium Architecture X495) *22#quot;1/04.) Gquot;/22) T<F) >$'B45A)#4/=)89.0($) /.=)<4=9#$%)quot;S).4')#41/#) UG<F) >$') W44') 6V) ,.%'/##$5) CVV) <4=9#$) </.quot;S$%') V'/5')*22#quot;1/04.)4.1$)89.0($) F$K$.=) /.=)<4=9#$%)25$%$.') 5$Y9quot;5$=) 4204./#) *11$%%)(4=9#$%)7quot;/)6VL)89:&)/.=)+&';4.) Gquot;'/.quot;9()89.0($)/.=)<4=9#$%) 6/7/%15quot;2') +#/345() -,) <$=quot;/) +541$%%) C9%'4()P) 89:&) !quot;#$%&%'$() *22) >40?1/04.) >$'B45A) C9%'4()Q) +&';4.) *+,) *./#&01%) @$%A'42) <4.A$&) C9%'4()R) C4((4.)D:E$1')F/&$5) G;quot;5=H2/5'&)Fquot;:5/5quot;$%))I$JKJL)M$:Nquot;'O)
  • 13. Kroll microkernel • Cross-platform C++ • Small boot kernel which dynamically loads modules • Cross-language, in-process binding technology (C++, JS, Ruby, Python) • All APIs in Titanium are kroll modules • Separate Github open source project: •
  • 14. You focus on app • We’ll focus on complexities of packaging, installation, updating, analytics, etc • Apps are packaging in a cross-platform specific manner • Developers control their packaging • Apps look and feel “native”
  • 15. Your happy place • You can use your-favorite-javascript- framework • JQuery, Dojo, Mootools, Prototype, etc. • Capuccino, ExtJS, Entourage, etc. • Import existing modules/gems (Py/Ruby) • Even Flash/Flex, Silverlight (and maybe Java/ Java FX)
  • 16. HTML 5 ++ • Database support (we also have Sync DB API) • CSS animation, transitions, gradients • Custom CSS scrollbars • Web workers • Custom Fonts (@font-face) • SVG
  • 17. Titanium Apps • Focus on writing HTML/JavaScript etc which runs natively on the desktop machine • Resources are bundled with application and are local (but can remotely use resources) • No cross-domain restrictions (except remote resources origin touching Titanium) • Benefit from shared runtime Supports Flash, Silverlight and other plugins
  • 18. Performance • Titanium runs on various architectures (Intel, PPC, 32-bit, 64-bit) • Running on EFIKA 5200 B (PPC 128MB) • • Yahoo Sideline port uses 1/4 memory of AIR app • Pandora AIR app pegs CPU at 100%, Titanium 8-10%
  • 19. Demo • It’s usually easier to demonstrate
  • 20. Where to get it? • Download: • • Currently Preview Release 3 • Beta coming very soon
  • 21. Please talk to me • Looking for feedback, input and help • • @jhaynie • #titanium_app on
  • 22. Big Thanks! • Thanks to Jonathan Snook for demo code and inspiration • • @snookca