Appcelerator, a company focused on cross-platform development tools, has started extending itself into the world of APIs by offering mobile developers drop-in tools for integrating their applications with popular web services. Appcelerator recently announced a new offering called Titanium+Plus, a set of premium modules that developers can purchase to incorporate into applications built using Titanium Mobile, Appcelerator's open source mobile development platform. Rather than mainly providing new or deeper access to the core functions of devices, the new Titanium+Plus modules are focused outward—or maybe upward—towards the cloud. In fact, the announcement came with a new tagline: "The cloud starts here™".
You don’t have to look much further than the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week to see how dominant mobile computing is becoming. In fact, a recent survey of 6,698 developers conducted by Appcelerator found that 44 percent of enterprise developers will create and publish APIs that external developers will optimize for mobile computing. Another 45.3 percent said they would likely do so, creating a total of 89.3 percent. That total would suggest a mass movement is well under way.