I subscribe to the TechZing podcast and the two hosts, Justin Vincent and Jason Roberts have used Appcelerator for a couple projects of theirs and talk about it in many of the older episodes. I had tried Appcelerator on my old windows box and it was a disaster. Could have been them, could have been me – didn’t care. Then I moved to Mac – and tried it. I still had problems, think I even tweeted about that back in February.
Since I respect the guys from TechZing and with the on going praise, I figured I’d try it again. I googled how to remove it completely from my mac, just to make sure the old broken / mis-configured stuff was gone, downloaded and installed it.
To my amazement, it installed easily, and I was able to quickly open Titanium Studio (essentially eclipse customized for Titanium) and run a new empty app. Granted it wasn’t an exciting app, but it did open in the simulator. After about 40 minutes of dinking around, I was able to get everything in order (thanks Apple) and deployed it to my iPhone. Again, no awesomeness in that app, but still – a huge leap. Titanium has an app called Kitchen Sink – where they add all of their features, and show off the framework. I downloaded that, imported it, and was able to deploy that on my phone as well. This rocked. 10 minutes later, I had it running in the Android simulator. It only took 10 minutes because I had to get the Android SDK stuff in order.
Within an hour of downloading, I had both created and imported apps, built them, tested them on the simulator and deployed them to my iPhone. Amazing.
I have yet to really start playing around with it, but I’m planning on building an app for a friend, so keep watching this blog for that.
All in all – when I can go from download to deployment on my device in about an hour, that rocks. Titanium Appcelerator gets an A+ from me. Thanks Justin and Jason for influencing me to try it again.