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Sencha Streamlines App Development with GXT 3.1

Posted on 5.07.2014

HTML5-based app development solution Sencha has released a new version of its UI framework for building Web-based apps.

Sencha’s GXT 3.1, which was released in public beta in late Feb. 2014, offers a new Theme Builder tool and support for Google Web Toolkit (GWT) 2.6.

The Theme Builder provides developers more than 350 configuration properties that can be reused for any apps they create, eliminating the need to manually theme each app.

“Today’s application developers must balance a wide range of visual and compatibility factors when designing apps,” said Jeff Hartley, Sencha vice president of Products and Services. “With GXT 3.1, they no longer have to sacrifice one for the other—they can create visually compelling apps that work across modern and legacy platforms. They can focus their resources on creating the most engaging app user experience possible without worrying about backward and forward compatibility.”

In addition to the Theme Builder, Sencha’s GXT 3.1 also provides support for the Google Web Toolkit, which enables developers to write apps in Java, then compile their code into cross-browser friendly HTML5 and JavaScript.

“Sencha GXT literally made it possible to build our app, ClearFactr,” said Dean Zarras, President and CEO of Logic9s. “We were able to take our years of large-scale app dev experience and transition to a high-performance, highly scalable, Web-centric platform in a very short time. With Sencha GXT 3.1, we’ll use the new Theme Builder to develop a custom theme that matches our branding. We’re also eager to use the Grid Widget enhancements, such as multi-line cells, which combined with the existing first-rate rendering and navigation speed provide our users with a great experience.”

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