Last month, Codex Labs launched an exciting new website called TryTitanium. In the spirit of TryRuby (developed, in part by our founder and CEO, Andrew McElroy), jsFiddle, and others, TryTitanium allows developers to write code for Appcelerator’s Titanium mobile development environment right in their web browser and see the results in a web-based iPhone-simulated viewer! At the moment, we’ve got one lesson in there, which walks you through development of a Breakout-style game (code originally developed by Tipsy & Tumbler’s Boydlee Pollentine), which you can walk through at your own pace and learn the basics of how Titanium works. We’ll be adding more lessons, references, and the ability to just start from scratch with your own code, but for now, there’s actually nothing stopping you from switching off “Lesson Mode” and tweaking the code to your heart’s content!
So why is this site important? Well, in the next few weeks and months, Codex Labs is going to be introducing a number of new lines of services and products, among which TryTitanium is only the beginning. All of these new offerings are being built around training and helping the development community to build bigger and better software, not just for mobile platforms, but across platforms and form factors.
Our first and most obvious (because it already exists) offering is called Codex Live. This is the name under which our live, instructor-led classroom and online training classes will continue to be offered. The Codex Live classrooms have always been offered in a hybrid fashion, catering both to in-person students, usually at our office in Nashville, TN, but also onsite at every tiConf location this year and soon to be expanding to Atlanta, GA, and other locations to be announced soon, as well as to online students who can join and participate in the classes live at http://classroom.codexlabs.com. Our Titanium trainers are the best in the business and are knowledgeable beyond the boundaries of the curriculum, able to answer questions “Live”. In addition, every class that we schedule is Guaranteed to Run™, which means that you never have to worry about cancelling or changing your plans at the last minute.
Finally, we will be introducing a number of open source, freeware, Titanium module and Titanium add-on products under the name of Codex Source. While not directly related to training, Codex Source will be our way of “giving back” to the development community in whatever way we can. This is also the area in which, unfortunately, I can’t say a whole lot right now in terms of specific details, because most of the things we’re working on are somewhat secretive at this stage, and all are still under development. Suffice to say, we think the products that we’ll be introducing under Codex Source are going to absolutely blow people away. And some of these will be introduced VERY soon. (Keep an eye on the tiConf in New York in May – that’s all I can say.)
So, I hope I’ve piqued your curiosity a bit and sparked your interest in mobile development! It’s a very exciting time for software developers, and Codex Labs will be on the front lines of the bleeding edge in development and training. Stay tuned – we’ll be posting a LOT more in the next few weeks and months. We’ll be at every tiConf we can possibly make it to and we’ll see you around the world and around the Interwebs!
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–John Gould CFO, Codex Labs