Monday, November 10th, 2008

Ext JS 3.0 Roadmap and Developer Tool

Category: Sencha

Alex Moore wrote in to highlight a couple of developments in the Ext JS community. First, the Ext JS roadmap has been updated with goals for the 2009-targetted 3.0 release:

# All new lightweight, high-speed core base library
# Flash Charting API
# Ext.Direct – Remoting and data streaming/comet support
# Integrated client-server data binding/marshaling of updates
# ListView component
# Enhanced Button and Toolbar components
# ARIA/Section 508 accessibility improvements
# CSS updates for reset style scoping and easier custom theming
# Update the Ext event registration model
# Ext.Ajax enhancements

Second, Alex provided a link to a preview screencast of a new Ext JS visual developer tool, currently in early development:

Posted by Ben Galbraith at 9:59 am

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the tool looks neat :)

Comment by V1 — November 10, 2008

been waiting for a tool like that.

Comment by ajaxery — November 10, 2008

I’ll be waiting this cool release. Also the tool looks pretty useful.

Comment by whoisyeco — November 10, 2008

I’ve always seen Ext as a tool to make things that look like Windows apps, not something with a lively web-like interface. Is there a reason all the Ext apps look so . . . serious?

Are there theme’s other than “bluish?”

Are there Ext apps that have the Web 2.0 cliches like starbursts, rounded corners, drop-shadows, candy buttons?

Anyone using Ext along with something like jQuery or Dojo to liven things up a bit?

Comment by Nosredna — November 10, 2008

Is there going to be an in-house derivative for MooTools this time around? The 3rd-party attempt for v2 never got finished, and I don’t think it’s considered “official” either.

Comment by starkraving — November 10, 2008

Does Nosredna do anything but complain?

Comment by ajaxianreader123 — November 10, 2008

BTW, the tool looks amazing! It will definitely simplify the ExtJS learning curve when we can whittle something together using a GUI and then learn from the code it generates.

Comment by ajaxianreader123 — November 10, 2008

@Nosredna: I think you’re missing the point of Ext. It’s a web application framework.
There are many themes available. Check the Ext forums.

Comment by ajaxery — November 10, 2008

I don’t think I was complaining. I’m interested in Ext and am trying to figure out where it fits in our toolbox.
“There are many themes available. Check the Ext forums.”
I keep seeing the blue theme. When I think of Ext, I think of that blue theme. I’m assuming people like it (reminds them of windows?).

Comment by Nosredna — November 10, 2008

Yeah…I think it does remind people of Windows…but I think that might be part of the idea. Ext JS is familiar…which is one of the reasons why it’s so great. There are other themes, I believe even an Apple one, but yeah, you will have to dig for them.

Comment by Jonny — November 10, 2008

There’s several themes that aren’t blue:
The point of Ext is in fact that it’s very much suited to desktop app designs, because for business programming that often is the design you gravitate towards. And honestly, Ext is quite easy to develop for.
That GUI designer looks pretty sweet. I’m really looking forwards to Ext3.

Comment by Joeri — November 10, 2008

Ext is great, and the fact there are additional themes to the blue theme is a bonus. But web applications built with Ext, no matter what theme, still resemble the desktop counterparts. I find it ironic that this is heading in the opposite direction of desktop application trend nowadays. What I mean is people are trying to build to build desktop applications that resemble more and more like web applications. Off the top my head is the Symantec Protection EndPoint program(or something like that, I don’t remember the name) and I am sure there are many more. I am not concluding which is better, but in my opinion as a user, I find it more interesting to using desktop apps that look and smell more like web apps. But at the end of the day, it all boils down to what is it that one is trying to build.

Comment by kevinle — November 10, 2008

Good use of AIR (thanks for picking something cross-OS compatible). That’s amazing work.

Comment by mdmadph — November 10, 2008

Awesome~ Ajax IDE comes true.

Comment by KKFC — November 10, 2008

I can’t wait for ExtJS 3.0 alpha to be out. I think i’ll be definitely having a play.

Comment by Zyclops — November 10, 2008


ExtJs is a framework indeed, but you are right. It looks very windowish, almost like a “SharePoint” (PUKE!!) with the exception that you dont get all those horrible postbacks.

I am interested to see where this other framework will end up though

Comment by emailandthings — November 10, 2008

forgot to mention, this is MIT library… one can wonder..

Comment by emailandthings — November 10, 2008

Very nice stuff Jack and Co. We use Ext in one of our projects and it’s great stuff. BTW, the appearance is completely customizable through CSS. I’d say most people wouldn’t recognize that we use ext at all. Don’t like the desktop appearance, poke around the CSS and you’ll find it’s quite easy to change.

Can’t wait for the designer.

Comment by RichW — November 12, 2008

I don’t understand this thing about “ooh it doesn’t look like a web app”. Erm… it IS a web app. When all’s said and done, it’s HTML styled by CSS. You can make it look how you want. HOw can it be anything other than a webpage built with DIVs, ULs etc? There’s no “difference”.

Comment by DataPlumber — November 13, 2008

Verry Verry Nice! Can’t wait for early 2009 ;-)

NB: RichW: Can you post a screenshot or demo of your app, sounds interesting that it doesn’t look to much ‘Ext’

Comment by PieturP — November 15, 2008

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