Wednesday, February 25th, 2009
A little over two months after their initial launch of Titanium, Appcelerator today followed with the “PR2” release of their open-source web-as-desktop-app run-time platform (i.e., an open-source competitor to Adobe AIR).
This release adds support for Linux to their OS X and Windows versions and also provides a GUI for creating stand-alone Titanium apps (the previous version relied on command-line utilities). This application is a Titanium app itself and includes some innovative features, including a view of the Titanium group’s Twitter / FriendFeed streams and a direct connection to their IRC channel.
copy ( to ) : boolean Copies a file to another location. createTimestamp ( ) : number Returns a timestamp of the file’s creation. createDirectory ( recursive ) : boolean Creates a directory. deleteDirectory ( recursive ) : boolean Deletes an existing directory. deleteFile ( ) : boolean Deletes a file. exists ( ) : boolean Checks whether or not a file exists on the user’s system. extension ( ) : string Returns the file’s extension. getDirectoryListing ( ) : array Returns an array of files inside a directory. isDirectory ( ) : boolean Checks whether the file object is a directory. isFile ( ) : boolean Checks whether the file object is a file. isHidden ( ) : boolean Checks whether the file object is hidden. isSymbolicLink ( ) : boolean Checks whether the file object is a symbolic link. modificationTimestamp ( ) : string Returns a timestamp of the file’s last modification. move ( to ) : boolean Moves a file to another location. name ( ) : string Returns the name of the file. nativePath ( ) : string Returns the full path of the file. parent ( ) : File Returns the parent directory where the file resides. read ( ) : string Reads the content of the file. readLine ( reset ) : string Reads a particular line in the file’s content. resolve ( path ) : boolean Changes the file or directory referenced by a File object. size ( ) : number Returns the size of the file. spaceAvailable ( ) : number Returns to space available on a user’s system. toString ( ) : string Returns the file’s properties as a string. write ( data [, append] ) : boolean Outputs data into a file.
Check out the full API docs to get a feel for the rest of the APIs; but being an open-source project, Titanium’s newest APIs are still in the source only.
In terms of the run-time itself, they’ve updated their WebKit renderer to be very close to the latest and greatest and it includes all of the new HTML 5 goodies that Safari 4 has.
Nolan Wright, Appcelerator CTO, has created some screencasts to show off some of the new features; here’s one of them:
We’re very excited to see Titanium moving along!
Posted by Ben Galbraith at 6:01 am