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19 January 2011, 11:32

Appcelerator acquires web app specialist Aptana

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Appcelerator Logo Appcelerator Inc has announced that it has acquired Aptana, the company behind the Aptana Studio integrated development environment (IDE) for building web applications. Appcelerator is known for its flagship Titanium application framework and runtime platform. Using the Appcelerator Titanium framework, which is licensed under version 2.0 of the Apache licence, developers can create applications for the desktop or for mobile devices using web technologies, including HTML, JavaScript, Python, Ruby and PHP.

Discussing the announcement, Appcelerator CEO Jeff Haynie said that, "We have always focused on enabling the best possible native application experience," adding that, "This announcement furthers that vision by empowering our growing community of developers to build, test and deploy native, cloud-connected mobile applications faster and with higher quality than ever before. We are also excited to introduce Aptana’s millions of developers to the mobile innovation wave that we have been riding and supporting as a company over the past two years."

Aptana Logo As part of the acquisition, Appcelerator plans to integrate support for its mutual customer base and combine the two web development communities to create "a huge application development base of over 1,500,000 application developers". A beta version of its integrated Appcelerator / Aptana offering, which will include a full debugger, auto-complete and robust editing tools for Titanium-based applications, is expected to arrive late in the first quarter of 2011.

Further information about the acquisition can be found on the Appcelerator Acquires Aptana web page and in the Aptana Acquisition FAQ. Haynie and Aptana CEO Paul Colton will hold an online webcast later today at 9:00am PST (5.00pm GMT).

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