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The latest Gartner report on future smartphone market share was an interesting read, as reported by Register Hardware. It fleshed out what we’ve been saying for a while: device diversity is only increasing Specifically it predicts that Android will surpass iPhone in market share by 2012. It also makes a number of other interesting predictions. Specifically that BlackBerry will slip from second place to fifth place. And that Windows Mobile marketshare will increase. What we’re seeing here at Rhomobile is that app developers (including the two thousand apps created on RhoHub alone in the last month) are starting to deliver more quickly on more than one device. For example, Track-R (mobilized PivotalTracker from Koombea) was delivered on both iPhone and Android. Aeroprise’s BMC Remedy Service Management app was delivered on BlackBerry first and then iPhone. In the ea... (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)

UDDI as an Extended Web Services Registry

As enterprises build a critical mass of Web services, they need some way of keeping track of those services. UDDI is an ideal store for such information. Using UDDI's built-in abstractions of business services, binding templates, and tModels referring to interface specifications, UDDI can be used to manage all of the addresses and protocols and formats of those services. This information can be used for several purposes, including providing location independence and identification of common supported interfaces among those services. But the amount of information tracked on each W... (more)

Beyond Point to Point

Web services have emerged as an excellent method of integrating pairs of applications. Free and cheap Web services development tools from many different vendors make it easy to expose one application's capabilities to other applications that wish to invoke them. But, given recent trends and innovations in Web service standards for more complex integrations of multiple applications from many parties, integrating applications two-by-two with tightly coupled simple Web services may not be the best approach. In this article, I'll take a look at a reasonably complex integration scena... (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)