Appcelerator Acquires Web App Development Suite Aptana

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We’ve learned exclusively that Appcelerator, an open source platform for building and managing rich web, desktop and mobile applications, has acquired fellow development environment Aptana. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Aptana offers web application development tools with support for a variety of programming languages, including JavaScript, Ruby, PHP and Python. Aptana’s main products are Aptana Studio, Aptana Cloud and Aptana Jaxer. The startup offers an end-to-end developer platform including development, testing, deployment, distribution, and the ability to edit, and debugg.

Appcelerator, which has raised a total of $15.2 million in funding (eBay is a strategic investor), offers a cross-platform development environment for over 10,000 native iOS, Android and desktop applications. Specifically, Appcelerator develops Titanium, an open-source developer platform meant to compete with Adobe AIR and the likes for building rich internet, mobile and desktop applications.

The addition of Aptana brings development tools to Appcelerator’s platform to offer a more complete environment for mobile, web, tablet, and desktop applications. The company says that the two web development communities gives Appcelerator a combined developer base of 1.5 million developers worldwide. And Appcelerator, which is apparently in the midst of another acquisition, says that it is poised to become one of the largest mobile app publishers in Apple’s App Store this quarter.

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