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Our open source framework Rhodes contains the first implementation of Ruby for every major smartphone operating system: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile and Symbian. The primary benefits of the Rhodes framework are: the productivity and portability enabled by writing interfaces in HTML once (and compiling to native smartphone apps), access to device capabilities from a common library used on all smartphone devices and the ability to easily incorporate synchronized data for offline use. But that said, we may have been underestimating the benefits that Ruby has for mobile development irrespective of the Rhodes framework which uses it. Ruby has compelling advantages for building smartphone apps that are worth describing in their own right: scripting language. Everything from implied (duck) typing to easier creation of classes and functions to built in suppor... (more)

Utilizing Web Development Skills to Build Native Smartphone Apps

Yesterday RIM announced their Widget SDK.  We’re excited about about this at Rhomobile because it is further validation of the strategy to utilize developer’s web skills to build great native apps.  We often find ourselves having to explain “yes - it does let you write your interface in HTML, CSS and JavaScript. No - it’s NOT a mobile web app. It’s a true native app”.  It’s great to have RIM out there helping to explain the power of using familiar, productive declarative web-based programming skills to build apps that run local on the device and fully leverage the full power of... (more)

RhoHub: GPL and Dual Licensing

We’ve had over a thousand customers sign up to the RhoHub service over the last month since we launched on November 4th at the iPhone Developer Summit. They are now asking “ok I’ve built my app really quickly. Now what do I need to do to distribute it on the App Store or elsewhere?” We ask that you either open source your app by making the source public and putting a GPLv3 license on it (we’ll automate this latter step soon). Or purchase a commercial license if you want to keep your source private. Some people say “oh, you’re dual licensing like MySQL. So does that mean that I g... (more)

BMC Remedy

#header .landing_main .col_2 { padding-right:70px; width:500px; } #header .landing_main .col_1 { padding-left:100px; } .col_1 { width:300px; } #header .landing_main .col_2 p { color:#333333; font-size:14px; margin-bottom:0px; text-shadow:0; width:500px; } style.css (line 320) p { color:#333333; margin-bottom:15px; } #header .landing_main .col_1 { padding-left:30px; padding-top:0px; } BMC Remedy BMC Remedy Service Management. This is a mobile application that provides access to BMC Remedy service requests for end-users. It is currently available for BlackBerry and is coming soo... (more)

Zero Source Code Mobile App Integration: Announcing RhoConnect 3.0!

Rhomobile has always been focused on providing a modern open and standards-based way to mobilize enterprise apps. The first product we offered for that was Rhodes, an open source framework which makes it easy to build native smartphone apps using your web skills. But we also offered RhoSync, a modern mobile sync server that synchronizes data from backend applications down to the Rhodes apps on devices. We were proud that we made mobile data synchronization much easier, faster and more scalable than any of the other aging MEAP platforms that offer synchronization today. What we ... (more)