Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

Sencha = ExtJS + jQTouch + Raphaël + Connect

Category: Sencha

Whenever you name your company after your first product you run into the issue that people think that is who you are. The company behind ExtJS has grown up a lot recently, and partly to show that, now come to you as Sencha, a new identity.

They have also clearly separated their GPL/commercial offerings from their MIT projects.

Sencha Products

  • Ext JS for web developers — for quickly building rich, sustainable web applications for desktop browsers;
  • Ext GWT for Java developers — enables Java developers to build rich user experiences leveraging the Google Web Toolkit compiler;
  • Ext Designer — for easily assembling user interfaces using drag-and-drop functionality.

Sencha Labs

  • jQTouch: a progressive enhancement style, mobile library providing lightweight animation and UI plugin for JQuery;
  • Raphaël: a rich SVG library for developing vector graphics applications on the web;
  • Connect: an application framework that combines Rack and Node.js to provide a lean, event-driven application server.

Hiring Dmitry Baranovskiy to work full time on Raphaël is awesome, and Jonathan Stark is now running jQTouch. David Kaneda, creator of jQTouch, is also at the company and I think we will hear about what he has been working on soon.

It really feels like the new crew behind Sencha are looking to be a driving force for the HTML5 revolution, breaking out beyond their strong Ext* roots. It is going to be exciting what they announce next….. a prophet once told me …..

Posted by Dion Almaer at 8:26 am

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Looking forward to this I have much <3 for the Ext team.

Comment by Phunky — June 15, 2010

This is weird news to wake up to on a Tuesday, though not really surprising. Always knew ExtJS was growing up fast.

Comment by mdmadph — June 15, 2010

Oh, that’s awesome news about Raphael.

Comment by okonomiyaki3000 — June 15, 2010

While I applaud the ExtJS team’s rapid progression, it’s still sad to see that they treat their GXT customers like crap.


Comment by jprichardson — June 15, 2010

Both jQTouch and Raphaël have no reason be be under te same banner as ExtJS. Especially the former since it’s jquery based.
Hype over nothing, just some rebranding going to put ExtJS in the spotlight.

Comment by Jadet — June 15, 2010

Hey Dion, thanks for the post!

jprichardson: Please shoot me an email about what service issues you ran into and I’ll be happy to check it out.

Jadet: As a big player in the Javascript world for quite some time, Sencha is very proud of these projects (my jQTouch included), whether or not they’re associated with other Javascript libraries. The rebrand shows a revived interest in open source, a new interest in HTML5/CSS3 and other emerging standards, and, well, it’s easier to say/spell and doesn’t confuse people by matching our product name :)

Comment by davidkaneda — June 15, 2010

This is excellent news!

Comment by aaronmcadam — June 15, 2010

Great to see Raphaël (Dmitry really) get commercially backed, while continuing to be MIT licensed. The coming months will show what the commitment actually is.

Comment by VinylFox — June 16, 2010

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