David Kaneda: Sencha Touch & jQTouch

While at our ConvergeSE 2011 conference David Kaneda (@davidkaneda) and pepper him with questions about Sencha and what he did with jQTouch.

Sencha & Sencha Touch

David is currently the creative director at Sencha. A role he just sort of claimed and took on when he got there. After he created jQTouch Sencha noticed him and invited him to join their company.

jQTouch is a jQuery plugin for mobile web development on the iPhone, Android, iPod Touch, and other forward-thinking devices.

Once at Sencha they began working on the next iteration basically of what jQTouch was looking to do and thus Sencha Touch was born:

Sencha Touch allows you to develop mobile web apps that look and feel native on iPhone, Android, and BlackBerry touch devices. For more on Sencha Touch check it out here.

The coolest thing about Sencha is that they’ve created Sencha Labs which is a home for all the various open source projects the team has created. So each of those projects, like jQTouch is still currently maintained and active. Which is freaking awesome.

I tried to get David to spill the beans on some upcoming plans for Sencha Touch but he wouldn’t let us in on it. Boo! Maybe next time.

More about David Kaneda

David Kaneda leads the Sencha design team. He has over eight years of experience designing in a variety of fields, from architecture and fashion to education and software. Recently, David created Outpost, an iPhone app for Basecamp, and jQTouch, a Javascript framework for iPhone development. David also maintains WebKitBits, a site about the browser engine in Safari, Google Chrome, and the iPhone. David brings his wealth of design knowledge to Sencha, and is responsible for the look and feel of our websites and software.

Mobile JS Summit

David is a speaker at the Mobile JS Summit online conference on August 30th.
Christopher Schmitt who organizes that conference as given us a discount code for UMS — “20UMS” — which is good for 20% off all ticket types at the event. So use that if you’re interested in this event.

BUT! We’re also giving away one free pass to the conference right here. In typical UMS post giveaway fashion: Leave us a comment about what you’d like to hear at the Mobile JS Summit or anything you have to say about Sencha, Sencha Touch or jQTouch or any mobile framework and we’ll randomly pick a commenter for the free pass.


  1. JD Graffam

    This is a great conference. I’d really like to hear a talk centered around *designing* for cross-platform apps.

  2. Jonah

    I would second @JD’s push to make sure that the UX and UI design for apps across devices is hit upon… not just overviews of the frameworks. It’s certainly a different experience. Hoping that Jenifer Hanen’s talk really nails it.

    Side Note: the UMS backdrop is great.

  3. Gene Crawford

    Thanks Jonah! Props goto @giodif for the art.

  4. Gene Crawford

    Hey Jonah! Email coming your way, you’re the winner of the free pass to the Mobile conference!

  5. Jonah Goldstein

    awesome awesome awesome 🙂 excited to push my brain tomorrow.

    i’ll have to check out @giodif’s other work as well.

  6. Jeff Cohen

    jqTouch is still actively maintained? Hard to believe since the Getting Started page says that it uses jQuery 1.4.2.

    There’s a git commit showing that an update to use jQuery 1.6 was reverted back in May, and nothing’s happened since. Am I missing something?


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