September 11, 2012, 11:51 AM — HTML5 tools vendor Sencha unveiled today Sencha Complete Team, which bundles existing tools with an Eclipse plug-in, a desktop application packager, and data connectors.
Developers using the suite can build HTML5-based business applications for mobile and desktop environments. Sencha says developers can build applications using Web technologies and a single code base, then package them to run on multiple devices, including Apple's iPhone and iPad, Google Android devices, and OS X and Windows PCs.
Sencha Desktop Packager, based on Google's Chromium open source desktop browser technology, lets applications be packaged in a runtime with native API access and the performance of full desktop applications. "What Desktop Packager allows you to do is ... basically do an end run around the enterprise browser by deploying as a native application," said Sencha CEO Michael Mullany. That means corporate developers are not held back by limitations of their companies' standard browser. The desktop packager complements Sencha Mobile Packager, for running Web applications as native iOS or Android applications. The mobile packager is part of Sencha Complete Team as well.