CNX Delivers Mobile Tooling as Valence 3.0 Goes GA
August 23, 2011 Alex Woodie
CNX last week announced the general availability of Valence 3.0, a new Web application development tool that introduces native support for smartphones and tablet devices running Apple iOS and Google Android operating systems. The tool, which is targeted at RPG programmers looking to create Web 2.0 apps to run on the IBM i server, includes several other promising new features as well.
While Valence has excelled at creating Web applications for display in standard-sized Web browsers since it launched in 2008, the recent frenzy of interest in mobile apps among businesses of all sizes has caught the attention of CNX. The Chicago-based company decided to give its Valence more powerful mobile capabilities with Valence 3.0, which it released in beta form at the COMMON conference in Minneapolis this past May.
With Valence 3.0, CNX enhanced its Web portal framework to support the delivery of applications to mobile devices. According to Valence, the framework automatically detects what kind of device the customer is using, and adapts the interface accordingly.
The Valence portal framework was also updated to provide desktop users with a choice between a drop-down menu or the standard navigation tree. Administrators also gain clearer views into which applications their users are authorized to use. New configuration settings should make it easier to add new applications to groups and navigation trees.
This latest version of Valence is more than just an incremental release, says CNX CTO Richard Milone. “For starters, the portal has undergone a beautiful redesign with some great new features to make it easier to use than ever,” he says in a press release. “And with native support for mobile devices now included, this release will be of particular interest to developers who want to address the rapidly growing community of smartphone and tablet users.”
The community edition of Valence is free for prospective customers to use to create applications. Customers that want to deploy their Valence applications have two options. They can either agree to share the source code of their apps written in the Community Editionor, if they want to keep their source code private, they can purchase the Valence Professional edition or the new Valence Enterprise edition.
Licenses for Valence Professional cost $1,195, up from $595 with version 2. Licenses for Valence Enterprise (which includes the new Nitro Source Editor and Instance Manager components) cost $3,995. Both licenses also include one year of support. Licenses for OEM distribution are also available.
For more information and trial downloads, see www.cnxcorp.com.