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Telerik Updates Icenium

Telerik recently introduced a new version of its Icenium mobile application development suite. The updates to Icenium include a preview of the Icenium Everlive Back-end as a Service (BaaS), new user-management features, and the addition of a Kendo UI DataViz starter template for chart creation and data visualization. With the addition of the Everlive BaaS component, Icenium provides a mobile app development platform that "enables the creation, building and publishing of iOS and Android applications, using JavaScript and HTML," according to a company press release.

The Icenium product aims to solve the problem of "building software for mobile devices in a multi-platform world," said Todd Anglin, executive vice president of Cross-Platform Tools & Services at Telerik, in an interview. Anglin explained that the Everlive BaaS component provides a simple way to store data and files in the cloud, execute code in the cloud, and streamline user management. This simplification of the back-end complements the way Telerik has simplified the front-end, Anglin noted, and delivers on Telerik's "promise of simplifying cross-platform environments."

Icenium Everlive project templates "automatically provision the cloud back-end service, creating the necessary types and fields, so that the sample app can go live in seconds," according to the press release. Also included in the Everlive preview is a data navigator, which allows devs to explore types, fields and permissions in project back-ends; cloud code, which lets developers save time by "executing business logic and validations without replication on the client," according to the press release; and user management enhancements that minimize authentication and authorization processes.

Everlive is currently in preview form, and Telerik is interested in feedback as developers explore and utilize the Everlive components. Anglin noted that the product is past the beta stage, and its commercial launch is expected in the second half of 2013.

The Icenium update also brings a change in the product's pricing model. According to Anglin, this release "marks the end of the long-term Icenium free trial." The Icenium product will now transition to a subscription-based model with three pricing tiers: Developer, Professional and Ultimate. There's still a free 30-day trial available, but after it expires developers must choose a subscription model to continue using Icenium. Pricing starts at $16 per month for the Developer plan.

Another new piece of the Icenium product -- only available in the Professional and Ultimate Icenium plans -- is Kendo UI DataViz, an HTLM5-based charting tool. In the Professional and Ultimate pricing tiers, a Kendo UI DataViz starter template is included that aids devs in creating charts, dashboards and data visualizations.

About the Author

Katrina Carrasco is the associate group managing editor for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group. She can be reached at kcarrasco@1105media.com.

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