For A Boost Building Mobile Apps, Web Developers Step On the Appcelerator
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Google and Apple. If HTML5 apps started to edge out these closed, controlled app ecosystems, it could undercut Appcelerator’s business. In fact, Rhomobile CEO Adam Blum told me this summer that he thinks Appcelerator is “in a no-win situation competing with the momentum of HTML5.” But Haynie says Appcelerator is preparing for this future too.It recently acquired a Palo Alto startup called Particle Code whose software automates the creation of HTML5 apps from other codebases.
For now, though, most mobile developers are still gravitating first to iOS, then Android, followed distantly by Windows and HTML5. For the broadest distribution, there’s no choice but to build cross-platform apps, Haynie argues. “From our standpoint, having four different development teams with four different skill sets is not rational and not sustainable for the industry,” he says. “That is where we think Appcelerator can really come in and help.”
Appcelerator didn’t actually start out in the mobile business. The short version of Haynie’s story is this: he served in the Navy during Operation Desert Storm as an electronic-warfare technician, then got computer science degree at Southern Illinois University. He eventually co-founded a voice-over-Internet company in Atlanta called Vocalocity. Employee No. 8 at Vocalocity was Nolan Wright, and after Haynie sold the company and waited out his non-compete period, he and Wright co-founded Appcelerator, with the idea of putting to use the skills they’d acquired helping Web developers build voice and call-center applications.
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