Appcelerator offers two approaches to development within its environment. For those who wish to you get started with the open source community version of Appcelerator, they can setup Titanium Studio. This guide provides instructions for downloading and installing the Titanium platform and third-party SDKs and tools, and creating a simple project. For those who prefer to use command-line tools for development within the Titanium SDK, instructions are available for that as well.
The other option is to download the enterprise version of Appcelerator Titanium, known as the Appcelerator Platform, which can be kicked off here. This environment offers the following set of integrated services:
- Appcelerator Studio: the development environment, powered by the Titanium SDK, where you create and develop your mobile apps.
- Appcelerator Dashboard: a web portal used to monitor mobile app heath and usage.
- Appcelerator Services: monitiors performance management, automated testing and analytics, which are enabled through Appcelerator Studio and monitored in the Appcelerator Dashboard.
The Takeaways on Appcelerator
In essence, what you’re getting with Appcelerator are the following features:
- A solution that allows you to create Native mobile apps on Android or iOS without having to learn to program code individually for each platform.
- A fully integrated enterprise platform that provides a 360 degree view of your mobile environment through performance, analytics, and testing options.
- Access to a sizeable user community, consisting at last count of 527,000 developers with more than 63,000 deployed apps on more than 180 million devices.
We’ve explored the MADP landscape so far by examining PhoneGap and Appcelerator as two of the major players in this market. In our final segment we’re going to round out our discussion on this subject by looking at Kony, an integrated cloud-based mobile app platform that has recently gained attention as a leader among MADP players.