Appcelerator teams with Barnes & Noble to boost Nook app development

Cross-platform development solutions provider Appcelerator inked a new partnership with bookseller chain Barnes & Noble's Nook Developer program, promising Appcelerator Titanium mobile cloud platform partners a fast-track channel to get their apps published on the Android-powered Nook Color Reader Tablet.

The Nook Color Reader Tablet boasts a seven-inch VividView touchscreen optimized for e-books, enhanced titles, interactive magazines and other digital formats alongside de rigueur tablet features like built-in email and web access. In April Barnes & Noble introduced Nook Apps, a curated effort touting both free and premium e-reader applications including games (e.g., the bestselling Angry Birds), multimedia apps, calendar and weather solutions. Barnes & Noble will now automatically expedite approval of all Appcelerator developer Nook Apps submissions--Appcelerator has also updated its reference applications, documentation and platform to absorb the NOOK Color SDK into Titanium Studio, its cross-platform integrated development environment.

Appcelerator introduced Titanium Studio in June. Built on Aptana's patent-pending Eclipse-based IDE, which Appcelerator acquired in January 2011, the web-based development environment includes source code editing, code completion, Git integration and debugging capabilities, and integrates with iOS, Android and BlackBerry software development kits. Titanium Studio also incorporates Fastdev technologies, giving programmers the flexibility to make real-time code changes while their app is running in the simulator.

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