ATLANTA—Hakano Inc., an Atlanta-based Web 2.0 and rich Internet application (RIA) development company has changed its name to Appeclerator, reflecting a shift in strategy from developing Web 2.0 applications to providing an open source RIA development platform.

Jeff Haynie and Nolan Wright, Atlanta software developers and entrepreneurs, founded Hakano early in 2006 to help organizations develop Web 2.0 applications that deliver better user experiences and improved functionality.

“We were looking for a better and faster way to build Web 2.0 apps for our clients,” says Jeff Haynie, CEO of Appcelerator. “We ended up developing a new approach to building Web-based applications, enabling us to create fully-functional RIAs in less than one-third of the time it would normally take, while enabling us to seamlessly integrate those apps with any SOA-based services and mainstream Web browsers without additional code.”

The company says Appcelerator’s platform is based on a message oriented architecture, where clients and services can be developed and executed independently from one another, while being linked by lightweight messages. Developers create services in any language – and integrate RIAs and services without changing a single line of code.

It says developers will find that the Appcelerator Platform requires far less code than Javascript, enabling them to add expressions to standard HTML to create applications with Ajax and DHTML.

The Appcelerator Platform is available for public download under its open source license at

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