What is Appcelerator Titanium?

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What is Appcelerator Titanium?

Appcelerator is a powerful mobile development platform designed for enterprises looking to make cross-platform apps using a single code base. It focuses on streamlining development whilst using powerful native components from JavaScript code.

Appcelerator’s Titanium is an open source product available for everyone to try for free. While working with Titanium is free, it costs a minimum of $39 per month for an Indie Seat to publish to an app store. There are also Team and Enterprise pricing plans, offering a range of enhanced support for analytics and bug testing.

The Benefits of Appcelerator

The biggest benefit of Appcelerator for developers is the ease of cross-platform development. From a single code base a developer can produce an app that will run on virtually every tablet and phone in the market. Instead of making the same app multiple times, it can be created with cross-platform compatibility from the outset.

Titanium supports iOS, Windows Phone, Android and browser-based HTML5 apps. The apps are written in JavaScript, using XML and style sheets similar to CSS, allowing web developers to pick up and understand Titanium quickly.

Over 300,000 developers use Appcelerator Titanium for cross-platform native app building. The developer community for Appcelerator Titanium is active and growing, with the community constantly creating and sharing Modules to extend the functionality. This allows developers to use products such as Google Maps, Facebook and Twitter, as well as new functionality such as image editing, navigation menus and more.

What Makes Appcelerator Different From the Competition?

Appcelerator is often compared to Xamarin, Phone Gap, and iFactr. The primary difference between Appcelerator Titanium and its competitors is the ability to generate native apps instead of simply running HTML code inside an app. The Appcelerator platform also allows a developer to provide a full app solution including cloud analytics. It is open source with a large developer community, allowing support issues to be handled quickly and thoroughly. Rapid prototyping allows for an app to come to life very quickly, allowing development to focus on creating a high quality user experience.

Pros and Cons of Appcelerator

Pros:

  • JavaScript based
  • Cross-platform development
  • Thousands of available Modules
  • Native Windows Phone, iOS, Android, HTML 5 support
  • Open source
  • Free to try

Cons:

  • Some memory starvation issues
  • Large single code base to account for cross-platform code
  • Platform-specific features don’t always convert well
  • User Interface design standards are different on each platform

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