Welcome!

Machine Learning Authors: Yeshim Deniz, Jason Bloomberg, Zakia Bouachraoui, Pat Romanski, Elizabeth White

Related Topics: Machine Learning , Open Source Cloud, Agile Computing

Machine Learning : Article

Exclusive Q&A with Jeff Haynie, Co-Founder & CEO, Appcelerator

Appcelerator Building Out the RIA Open Source Community

"Companies have invested a significant amount of money in SOA – and continue to do so," says Jeff Haynie, Co-Founder & CEO of Appcelerator, in this exclusive Q&A with SYS-CON's AJAX & RIA Journal in the run-up to Appcelerator's session on October 20 at AJAX World RIA Conference & Expo in San Jose, California (October 20-22, 2008). "One of the keys to unlocking the full return on investment in SOA is the ability to build service-oriented UIs (SOUIs) – clients designed to consume services, regardless of language or platform," Haynie continues. "We believe Appcelerator's approach truly zeros in on the need for a clean separation of the application from services in an agile development model," he adds. Read the interiew in full below...

About Jeff Haynie
Jeff Haynie is co-founder and CEO of Appcelerator, an open source software company that develops products and services for enterprise RIA and SOA-based services development.

AJAX & RIA Journal: When you and Nolan Wright co-founded Appcelerator in 2006, what were the pain points that you aimed to solve?

Jeff Haynie: When Nolan and I started building RIAs for our early consulting engagements, we looked at all the various solutions on the market. We were frustrated by the state of Web development platforms, surprised by how little change had occurred since the Web 1.0 meltdown.

When a developer wants to build an RIA today, there’s no integrated platform to work with. You have to piece together all the components – design tools, widgets, Javascript libraries, etc. – before you can start building your app. Said another way, you have to build your platform before you can build your app – we wanted to change that.

We also wanted to develop a next-generation platform that would embrace the true essence of open-source, letting the community adapt and expand the solution to suit the widest possible range of options, without limitations or propriety.
What we’ve come up with is a fully-integrated RIA platform that enables developers to rapidly assemble RIAs, using an easy-to-learn Web Expression Language, widgets, SOA integration points and other open standards-based elements. A key differentiator of our platform is that you can develop RIAs that work on any platform, and in any browser, using the skills you already have – with a particular focus on helping enterprises develop RIAs that seamlessly integrate with, and extend the value of their SOAs.
AJAX & RIA Journal: Could you expand on how, in your view, SOA and RIAs interface?
Haynie: Companies have invested a significant amount of money in SOA – and continue to do so. One of the keys to unlocking the full return on investment in SOA is the ability to build service-oriented UIs (SOUIs) – clients designed to consume services, regardless of language or platform. By de-coupling client and service development and deployment, we’re able to enable UIs to communicate with services using lightweight messages – these message contracts define how the UI and its target services communicate.
When you develop an RIA client on Appcelerator, it can consume services written in any programming language without changing code. This gives developers the capability to change their programming language or simultaneously consume services written in different programming languages, without having to make changes to the client application. This capability is unmatched by other platforms in the market today.
As you’ll see in future releases of our product, we’ll continue to expand the range of capabilities and features around services – working closely with our community to deliver the features and capabilities necessary to fully leverage their SOA investments.
We believe this approach truly zeros in on the need for a clean separation of the application from services in an agile development model. SOA-ready RIAs can be built faster, providing enterprises with more options for visualizing data and information from multiple sources.
AJAX & RIA Journal: What license is the Appcelerator Platform available under?

Haynie: All of Appcelerator’s products are currently available under a GNU public license or “GPL”. We also provide customers with commercial licensing options based on their needs and requirements.

AJAX & RIA Journal: Given your involvement with RIAs written in Java, .NET, Perl, PHP, Python and Ruby, do you see any clear favorite in terms of programming language when it comes to rich-web apps?
Haynie: We’re dedicated to building the largest open-source community dedicated to RIAs, breaking down the barriers between traditional preferred languages, programming models and solutions. To date, we’ve seen the strongest amount of interest from Java and PHP developers, but have continued to see steady growth across Ruby, Python, Perl and .NET programmers as well. We don’t look at our products, solutions or community from a “favorites” point-of-view, since everyone is working towards the same goal – build better applications in less time. We’re committed to building a community that can serve the needs of all developers, regardless of the technologies they want to use most.


Next Page: Haynie on Marc Fleury, Marten Mickos, Microsoft, and the Future...

More Stories By Jeremy Geelan

Jeremy Geelan is Chairman & CEO of the 21st Century Internet Group, Inc. and an Executive Academy Member of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Formerly he was President & COO at Cloud Expo, Inc. and Conference Chair of the worldwide Cloud Expo series. He appears regularly at conferences and trade shows, speaking to technology audiences across six continents. You can follow him on twitter: @jg21.

Comments (4) View Comments

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


Most Recent Comments
SOUIs 02/21/08 02:35:36 AM EST

How do you mix a bunch of well known design patterns together and rapidly build a front end for your great SOA design? Furthermore, How would you build a front end today while maintaining a migration path for tomorrow?

Nigel Drury 02/14/08 12:56:49 AM EST

Just how *extensible* is this Appcelerator platform? That for me would be the key.

SOUIs 02/13/08 11:34:00 AM EST

There's an IBM discussion on portlets for the service-oriented UIs. Here's the link: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/library/ws-soa-progmodel5/index.html.

Commercial vs Free 02/12/08 06:33:54 AM EST

So the Appcelerator SDK is free...what's the business model for Messrs. Hayne & Fleury?

CloudEXPO Stories
Headquartered in Plainsboro, NJ, Synametrics Technologies has provided IT professionals and computer systems developers since 1997. Based on the success of their initial product offerings (WinSQL and DeltaCopy), the company continues to create and hone innovative products that help its customers get more from their computer applications, databases and infrastructure. To date, over one million users around the world have chosen Synametrics solutions to help power their accelerated business or personal computing needs.
All in Mobile is a place where we continually maximize their impact by fostering understanding, empathy, insights, creativity and joy. They believe that a truly useful and desirable mobile app doesn't need the brightest idea or the most advanced technology. A great product begins with understanding people. It's easy to think that customers will love your app, but can you justify it? They make sure your final app is something that users truly want and need. The only way to do this is by researching target group and involving users in the designing process.
Digital Transformation and Disruption, Amazon Style - What You Can Learn. Chris Kocher is a co-founder of Grey Heron, a management and strategic marketing consulting firm. He has 25+ years in both strategic and hands-on operating experience helping executives and investors build revenues and shareholder value. He has consulted with over 130 companies on innovating with new business models, product strategies and monetization. Chris has held management positions at HP and Symantec in addition to advisory roles at startups. He has worked extensively on monetization, SAAS, IoT, ecosystems, partnerships and accelerating growth in new business initiatives.
Whenever a new technology hits the high points of hype, everyone starts talking about it like it will solve all their business problems. Blockchain is one of those technologies. According to Gartner's latest report on the hype cycle of emerging technologies, blockchain has just passed the peak of their hype cycle curve. If you read the news articles about it, one would think it has taken over the technology world. No disruptive technology is without its challenges and potential impediments that frequently get lost in the hype. The panel will discuss their perspective on what they see as they key challenges and/or impediments to adoption, and how they see those issues could be resolved or mitigated.
Lori MacVittie is a subject matter expert on emerging technology responsible for outbound evangelism across F5's entire product suite. MacVittie has extensive development and technical architecture experience in both high-tech and enterprise organizations, in addition to network and systems administration expertise. Prior to joining F5, MacVittie was an award-winning technology editor at Network Computing Magazine where she evaluated and tested application-focused technologies including app security and encryption-related solutions. She holds a B.S. in Information and Computing Science from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University, and is an O'Reilly author.