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Rene Pot
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Titanium is alive and well!

Yeah, that's right. The amazing, and my favorite, native cross-platform Mobile Framework is still alive! It recently even received a new massive update!

But before I dive into that, let me tell you my history with the JavaScript SDK.

Between 2011 and early 2021 I was heavily involved in the Titanium community. At first mostly as a user, but only a few years after I've first started using it I attended meetups, and later started hosting meetups, founded the Titanium Slack community, and then became a Developer Evangelist at Axway Appcelerator, the company in charge of building the Titanium SDK. Unfortunately early 2021 Axway announced they were going to discontinue Titanium, and by extension, hand it over to the community. As a person in Developer Relations, the moment that announcement was made, my job ended. So I had to move on.

So those of you who paid attention to the timeline might wonder, wait, did you really start using Titanum in 2011? Then I say, yes! Titanium was, next to Phonegap, the only cross-platform framework out there for JavaScript, and it didn't rely on web! So yes, it predates Xamarin, React Native, NativeScript and obviously Flutter. It even predates NodeJS which it heavily relies on nowadays for building. And while that is only about 11 years ago, pretty much any framework or SDK we use now didn't exist back then. The web was mostly jQuery at that point.

But we're getting offtopic here. Titanium is alive, had I mentioned that yet? It's pretty amazing if you think about it. The 11th major release came out only recently. It's the first major release since TiDev took over the development and maintenance of Titanium.

So what's TiDev? TiDev is a community driven and funded non-profit that maintains and updates Titanium and all it's related technologies. They have all their software, open-source, on Github and thanks to the help of the community they get funding through, mostly, Github Sponsors.

I'm incredibly happy the team behind TiDev managed to get an update out there, and I cannot wait what will happen next. I'm already looking forward to the update that will support the next version of iOS, and I'm sure many of the community do the same.

And in case you're not a Titanium user and you made it this far in the blogpost, can I ask you to chip in as well? Let's make the cross-platform ecosystem a little more diverse by helping Titanium get more popular again! Check out the website, and try it out, and if you like it, perhaps sponsor them on Github as well!

Oh, and if you're tired of building mobile apps in React Native, maybe this is the platform for you!

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Michael Gangolf

Well said!
Happy to see what new features will come next! A lot of good stuff already lined up :-)

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